Suspect arrested in death of student who thought car was her Uber ride
Columbia, S.C. – Police arrested a man Saturday in connection with the death of a college student who apparently got into the suspect’s car thinking it was her Uber ride.
Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, was arrested early Saturday after a police officer noticed him driving a black Chevy Impala, the same type of car that Samantha Josephson got into as she left a bar shortly after 2 a.m. Friday in the city of Columbia’s 5 Points area, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said at a news conference.
Authorities say she had wounds all over her body.
Arrest warrants said 21-year-old Josephson had numerous wounds to her head, neck, face, upper body, leg, and foot. The documents didn’t say what was used to attack the University of South Carolina student.
Rowland tried to run, but the officer caught up to him, Holbrook said. When they returned to the car, he said, the officer saw what appeared to be blood in the car.
“We believe … that she simply mistakenly got into this particular car thinking it was an Uber ride,” Holbrook said of Josephson, noting that surveillance video captured her getting into the car. “She opened the door and got into it and departed with the suspect driving.”
Rowland will be charged with murder and kidnapping, Rowland said. It was unclear if he had an attorney.
Holbrook said hunters found Josephson’s body late Friday afternoon off a dirt road in rural Clarendon County, which is about 65 miles southeast of Columbia.