USC Student who was waiting for her Uber, and got into the wrong car that pretended to be her Uber has been found dead.
21 year old Samantha Josephson went missing in Columbia, South Carolina early on Friday.
The police looked for her frantically, and her university, USC, has confirmed she’s now dead.
President Harris Pastides of USC said in a statement:
‘It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning. Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death,’
Surveillance shows that Samantha got into this car:
A witness told the Daily Gamecock student newspaper that she left the bar “Bird Dog” alone and was spotted getting into a black Chevy Impala that she and her friends believed was an Uber that she had ordered.
Her actual Uber driver cancelled the ride when he saw Samantha hadn’t shown up for the pick-up (she had already gotten in the false car).
Her father, Seymour Josephson, confirmed her death in a heartrending facebook post:
“I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life. Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be forgotten, ‘It is extremely hard to write this and post it but I love her with all my heart. I could continue to write about her but it kills me. I sit here and cry while looking at the picture and write this.”
USC’s president released a full statement to Samantha’s family:
Dear Carolina Family,
It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning. Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death. Times like these leave me searching for words of wisdom and comfort. However, I take solace that the Carolina Family is here to embrace those who are hurting.
As you make plans for the weekend, remember the tenets of Stand Up Carolina: look out for one another, be active bystanders. Travel in groups and stay together. If you have not already done so, download the RAVE Guardian safety app, set up your profile and learn how to use it.
It has been a difficult week for our extended Carolina family. The loss of a student is never easy but this has been a particularly painful few days as we have experienced loss on several of our campuses. As a family, let’s continue to pray for all the families experiencing heartache and grief this week.
In the surveillance footage that police released, Samantha was seen wearing an orange shirt and black pants, and talking on the phone. The cameras also captured images of the car she got into by mistake; a black Chevy Impala. Police were seeking information from the public about the car and its driver.
Wade Stormer, Uber’s law enforcement liaison, wrote in a blog post saying:
In cases when you are helping someone request a ride through Uber who may have had a few drinks or is unfamiliar with the app, help them double check that the driver and vehicle match the details in the app — before they get in the car, Taking the extra step to double check these details is an important safety measure
No information has been released yet on where Samantha’s body was found.
UPDATE: Nathaniel Rowland was arrested as a suspect in the death of Samantha Josephson.
Chief Holbrook said that Josephson’s body was discovered in a ‘Very Rural’ part of south Carolina.