Samantha Josephson, 21, was a senior at the University of South Carolina

By Chris Harris
April 02, 2019 09:59 AM
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Police have confirmed that the University of South Carolina student killed after getting into a car she mistook for the Uber she’d ordered died from “multiple sharp force injuries.”

New Jersey native Samantha Josephson, 21, sustained those fatal injuries to her head, neck, face, upper body, leg and foot, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

SLED did not disclose what type of weapon was used.

Authorities have charged Nathaniel Rowland, 24, with kidnapping and murder in Josephson’s death.

Investigators allege that on early Friday morning, Josephson entered Rowland’s black Chevrolet Impala after leaving a local bar, where she’d spent the evening with friends.

In security footage, Josephson can be seen on her phone as she enters the backseat.

Samantha Josephson
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Police have yet to discuss a motive for the killing.

Rowland has yet to plead to the charges he faces. He is being held without bail.

Credit: Columbia Police Dept.

It’s not clear if he has retained a lawyer.

Nathaniel Rowland
| Credit: Columbia Police Dept.

According to police, Josephson’s battered body was discovered in the woods by turkey hunters. It had been dumped nearly 65 miles away, in rural Clarendon County.

Investigators say Josephson’s blood was allegedly found in the trunk and interior of Rowland’s car.

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They also allegedly recovered her cellphone from his vehicle along with cleaning wipes, bleach, and window cleaner.

Josephson, a college senior, was last seen by friends at a bar in Columbia early Friday morning. Her roommates reported her missing about 1:30 a.m.