Columbia Police have arrested a man in connection with the kidnapping and death of a University of South Carolina student, Friday.
21-year-old Samantha Josephson was reported missing Friday afternoon after becoming separated from her friends the previous night.
Police say Josephson got into a black Chevrolet Impala shortly after 2:00am at The Bird Dog on Harden Street in Columbia. Columbia Police believe she had mistaken that vehicle with an Uber she had summoned.
Josephson’s body was found shortly before 4:00 pm in a rural area of Clarendon County by turkey hunters, according to police.
An officer patrolling in Columbia spotted the vehicle around 3:00 am Saturday morning and was able to take the suspect into custody after a traffic stop and a short foot chase.
Investigators say the Josephson’s blood and cell phone were found in the vehicle.
24-year-old Nathaniel David Rowland has been charged with Murder and Kidnapping, according to Columbia Police.
The University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides released a statement Saturday about Josephson’s death:
Dear Carolina Family,
It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning. Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death. Times like these leave me searching for words of wisdom and comfort. However, I take solace that the Carolina Family is here to embrace those who are hurting.
As you make plans for the weekend, remember the tenets of Stand Up Carolina: look out for one another, be active bystanders. Travel in groups and stay together. If you have not already done so, download the RAVE Guardian safety app, set up your profile and learn how to use it.
Times like these leave me searching for words of wisdom and comfort. However, I take solace that the Carolina Family is here to embrace those who are hurting.
It has been a difficult week for our extended Carolina family. The loss of a student is never easy but this has been a particularly painful few days as we have experienced loss on several of our campuses. As a family, let’s continue to pray for all the families experiencing heartache and grief this week.
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COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – Columbia Police and Special Victims Unit investigators need help located a 21-year-old woman.
Police said Samantha Josephson was last seen by her friends between 1:30 – 2 a.m. Friday at 715 Harden Street in Columbia.
The police department stated in a Tweet that the Special Victims Unit investigators believe that Josephson may have been seen getting into a newer model Chevy Impala near Harden Street shortly after 2 a.m.
Anyone with information about Josephson’s whereabouts should contact CrimeStoppers at (888) 274-6372.
Cont’d: Special Victims Unit investigators believe that shortly after 2:00 a.m., Josephson was seen getting into this newer model Chevy Impala along Harden Street. Family & friends have been trying to locate her ever since. Again, call @MidlandsCrime 1-888-CRIME-SC w/your tips.