A Black man, Nathaniel David Rowland has been arrested in relation to the murder of Samantha Josephson in Columbia, South Carolina. Samantha reportedly believed that Nathaniel was her Uber driver and willingly got into his car.
Police caught Nathaniel driving the black Chevy Impala that police said that Samantha was believed to have entered around the time she was last seen. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrooks told the media that Samantha’s blood was found in the Impala’s backseat as well as her cell phone in addition to a bottle of bleach.
Samantha was last seen at around 2 a.m. on March 29. Surveillance footage showed that she appeared to be waiting for an Uber car ride home. The University of South Carolina student had been out with friends but had gotten separated. It was not until the following afternoon when Samantha’s friends raised the alarm that she was missing.
Samantha’s father, Seymour, confirmed his daughter’s tragic death in a Facebook post on the morning of March 30 that read:
It is with tremendous sadness and of a broken heart that I post this! I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life. Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be forgotten. It is extremely hard to write this and post it but I love her with all my heart. I could continue to write about her but it kills me. I sit here and cry while looking at the picture and write this.”
Her body was found around 65 miles southeast of where she was last seen. Josephson was 21 years old and was due to graduate in May.