Murder of SC college student raises awareness for rideshare safety

Murder of SC college student raises awareness for rideshare safety

Murder of SC college student raises awareness for rideshare safety

Around 5 a.m on Saturday: Josephson's father, Seymour Josephson, posted on social media that his daughter "is no longer with us but she will not be forgotten".

Police have not released a motive or reported how she died, only that she had "numerous wounds evident on multiple parts of her body to include her head, neck, face, upper body, leg and foot", according to warrants from the State Law Enforcement Division.

Police Chief of Columbia, W.H. Holbrook said, "What we know now is that she had, in fact, summoned an Uber ride and was waiting for that Uber ride to come".

Samantha Lee Josephson of Robbinsville, New Jersey - a political science major who was less than two months away from graduating - was reported missing by her friends on Friday. "We believe that she simply mistakenly got into this particular vehicle thinking it was an Uber ride", said Columbia Police Chief William Holbrook. He was being held in the Richland County jail.

Investigators say they found blood in the trunk and passenger's side of the vehicle as well as the victim's cellphone in the passenger compartment.

"The vehicle pulled up next to her and she got inside", Columbia Police Department public information officer Jennifer Timmons told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Hunters found Josephson's body Friday afternoon just hours after it was dumped, despite being left in an area that was "very hard to get to unless you knew how to get there", Holbrook said.

Throughout the day on Friday, Samantha's friends and family were unable to get in touch with her and an urgent search was launched.

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"Our hearts are broken", Holbrook said "They're broken". It's never easy to stand before a family and explain how a loved one was murdered.

"I see that even in the short time that she was here, how many people she positively impacted with her energy", Corbishley said. "It was gut-wrenching". "She opened the door, got into it and departed with the suspect driving".

Rowland was arrested early Saturday after an officer saw him driving the Impala.

Gov. Henry McMaster said on Twitter Saturday that he's "devastated" about Josephson's death.

'I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life. I sit here and cry while looking at the picture and write this, ' Josephson continued.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning.

Josephson was a 21-year-old political science major at the University of SC from Robbinsville, NJ and an aspiring lawyer.

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