COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) -Columbia Police have arrested a man in connection with the kidnapping and death of a University of South Carolina student, Friday.
21-year-old Samantha Josephson was reported missing Friday afternoon after becoming separated from her friends the previous night.
Police say Josephson got into a black Chevrolet Impala shortly after 2:00am at The Bird Dog on Harden Street in Columbia. Columbia Police believe she had mistaken that vehicle with an Uber she had summoned.
Nathaniel David Rowland (From: Columbia Police)
Josephson’s body was found shortly before 4:00pm in a rural area of Clarendon County by turkey hunters, according to police.
An officer patrolling in Columbia spotted the vehicle around 3:00am Saturday morning and was able to take the suspect into custody after a traffic stop and a short foot chase.
Investigators say the Josephson’s blood and cell phone were found in the vehicle.
24-year-old Nathaniel David Rowland has been charged with Murder and Kidnapping, according to Columbia Police.
The University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides released a statement Saturday about Josephson’s death: