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South Carolina girl student's murder turns mysterious: Who was the female in the front seat?

April 1, 2019

COLUMBIA: The University of South Carolina reported on Saturday that its student, 21, missing since early morning Friday was murdered. She was seen last getting into a car at 2:12 am (SEE top pix) possibly mistaking it for the Uber she hailed.

Police collected evidence she got into a black Chevy Impala (SEE bottom pix - car waiting). The driver, the suspect, has since been arrested. She was trapped inside the car in the back seat with child safety locks on.

The body was found some 90 km away. The Impala driver has been identified as Nathaniel David Rowland. Columbia police said, "Her body was found by hunters in rural Clarendon Co. late yesterday (Friday) afternoon. Suspect (driver) Nathaniel Rowland has been charged w/ Murder & Kidnapping by SLED."

The police said a patrol stopped the Impala at 3 am Saturday but the driver tried to escape but was caught.

Investigators found the victim's blood, her cell phone, bleach and germicidal wipes in the car. Lot of blood indicates extreme violence as suffocation or shooting does not let so much blood, experts say. There are also reports that there was a woman in the front seat and she was there even 24 hours later when the car was intercepted.

Samantha Josephson, of New Jersey, had been out with friends and left the Bird Dog, Columbia, bar alone and was waiting for an Uber ride, it has been gathered. She was a political science senior student.

“When she didn’t show up at her downtown residence and didn’t answer repeated phone calls, her friends became concerned and notified CPD,” according to the police.

She had future plans for higher studies at Drexel University Law School in Philadelphia. She had graduated from high school in Robbinsville, N.J., in 2015.

She was described as "a vibrant young woman," bubbly, always smiling with a friendly nature, a dedicated, bright student with big dreams.

Her father, Seymour Josephson, of New Jersey, said writing about her "kills me."

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