Boyfriend of College Student Killed After Getting in Wrong Car Says He Was Tracking Her Ride
Samantha Josephson's boyfriend said he knew something was terribly wrong
The boyfriend of Samantha Josephson, the college student killed after she mistakenly entered a car she believed was her Uber ride, choked back tears at a vigil as he revealed he had been tracking her journey on his phone – and knew right away something was terribly wrong.
Greg Corbishley grew emotional Tuesday as he spoke about his girlfriend’s fatal ride, which occurred early last Friday after she was separated from friends during a night out in Columbia, South Carolina.
“I was on the phone tracking her through all this, just to make sure she got home safely, and immediately knew that there was something that was wrong,” he said, according to WGHP. “Unfortunately, I was two and a half hours away. I’d do anything to go back.”
Josephson, a 21-year-old University of South Carolina senior, was found dead Friday in a wooded area in rural Clarendon County after being reported missing by her friends.
Police say she was killed after mistakenly entering a black Chevy Impala driven by Nathaniel Rowland, 24, as she believed it to be an Uber she’d ordered on her phone just after 2 a.m.
An autopsy conducted by the Clarendon County Coroner revealed Josephson died of multiple sharp force injuries, according to a release Monday by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
“[She] was the love of my life,” Corbishley said at the vigil, which took place in Josephson’s hometown of Robbinsville, New Jersey. “I see why she loved all you guys so much. I saw myself 10 years from now coming back to this place with her.”
The student’s father, Seymour Josephson, also spoke at the vigil, calling her alleged killer a “monster.”
“What he did, I don’t want anybody else to go through it as a parent,” he said, according to ABC News. “I requested to meet the officer that captured and arrested the person … I wanted to thank him.”
Rowland was arrested early Saturday and charged with murder and kidnapping. He has yet to plead to the charges, and is being held without bail. It’s unclear if he has retained a lawyer.
He was apprehended around 3 a.m. Saturday after an officer spotted his vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, Chief William Holbrook of the Columbia Police Department said at a press conference Saturday.
Investigators found a large amount of dark-colored liquid later determined to be Josephson’s blood in the car’s trunk and passenger compartment, Holbrook said. Her cell phone was also found in the car, as was a container of liquid bleach, germicidal wipes and window cleaner, according to the police chief.
Holbrook also noted that the car’s child safety locks were activated, preventing any type of escape from the backseat.
Josephson’s death has inspired action from state lawmakers, who this week filed the Samantha L. Josephson Ridesharing Safety Act, which would require all ride share vehicles to display an illuminated sign featuring their company’s name.
“Nothing is ever going to stop psychos from doing psycho things, but if we can take one step to make it harder for psychos to be psychos, we should do it,” Rep. Micah Caskey, who is co-sponsoring the bill, told The Post and Courier.
Josephson was weeks away from graduating with a degree in political science, and planned to attend the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, according to The State.