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USC Student Kidnapped, Killed After Mistaking Car For Uber

USC Student Kidnapped, Killed After Mistaking Car For Uber

Police say 21-year-old Samantha Josephson mistook a auto for her Uber ride.

Josephson's cause of death was "due to multiple sharp force injuries", Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock said. "She simply mistakenly got into this auto thinking it was an Uber". Her father, Seymour Josephson, said he will make rideshare safety his life's mission, according to WIS TV. So she jumped into a similar-looking vehicle.

The driver of the auto now charged with murder and kidnapping for her death, Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, waived his first court appearance on Sunday, according to WIS TV, but Josephson's family was in the courtroom.

Police say Josephson would have not been able to escape the vehicle once she realized her mistake, as the child safety locks were turned on inside.

The kidnapping and murder of a New Jersey woman from outside a bar near the University of SC last Friday has rekindled the heartache for another family, whose daughter disappeared from virtually the same spot 26 years ago.

Anchor Stefan Holt also reports on new information in the death of a New Jersey nanny, an investigation into magician David Blaine and a wild brawl at a McDonald's in Atlantic City. Samantha Josephson. My daughter's name is Samantha Josephson. Josephson's boyfriend, Greg Corbishley, spoke about Josephson at the vigil. Her body was discovered in a rural area in New Zion, SC, almost 70 miles from Columbia.

"Our investigators and agents have a lot more work to do", Holbrook said.

Josephson was a political science major, the USC College of Arts and Sciences said on Twitter. "Does he even know her name?"

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"Always check the license plates, and ask who they are, like their name, because it says it on there and then make sure you have the right vehicle", Brianna Jensen said. He was being held in the Richland County jail.

"Our hearts are broken".

The child safety locks were activated after she got into the vehicle, North Carolina police said, preventing her from escaping.

Chillingly, it appears the driver slowed down to let Samantha in, despite not being the Uber she had booked. "Most of the time that works, but, sometimes like this, things can go really bad".

It is with tremendous sadness and of a broken heart that I post this!

"Her parents and brother still have no answers after 25 years", she wrote. "Times like these leave me searching for words of wisdom and comfort". "I cannot fathom how someone could randomly select a person, a attractive girl, and steal her life away", she said while reading a statement. Police initiated a search, and some 14 hours later, her body was discovered in a field by turkey hunters off a dirt road.

"His selfish, unspeakable and violent actions have created a hole in the universe", Marci Josephson said.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also weighed in on the tragedy, saying, "We should attempt to learn from events that we must help take care of each other".