COLUMBIA, S.C. – The corpse of the coroner has revealed the cause of death of a student from the University of South Carolina, who apparently got into the suspect’s car, thinking it was her Uber ride.
The Clarendon County Coroner said 21-year-old Samantha Josephson died of “multiple sharp power injuries.” She was found dead by hunters on a field 70 miles outside of Columbia one day after she had disappeared.
According to police, Josephson was kidnapped and killed after she got into the wrong car and thought it was her Uber on Friday.
Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, has been accused of kidnapping and murder in Josephson’s death. After Josephson got into his car, he attacked her and caused countless wounds to her head, neck, face, upper body, leg, and foot with a sharp object, according to arrest warrants.
Josephson grew up in Robbinsville, New Jersey.
“I can’t tell you how embarrassing this is,” Samantha’s father, Seymour Josephson, told a crowd on Sunday night. “Samantha was alone, she had absolutely no chance.”
During the Sunday watch, Seymour warned the students never to travel alone.
“She had absolutely no chance in this, but if someone else is in the car, there is actually a chance,” he said.
Samantha’s friend and friends shared stories about the major of political science on his way to the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University.
“The last words she said to FaceTime on Thursday was that I was her person and that she loved me, and that she could really be herself around her,” her friend said.
Samantha’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.