Video shows murdered college student getting into car she mistook for Uber ride

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A typical night out with friends turned horribly tragic in South Carolina. Now, police say surveillance video shows what happened before the college student was killed.

Police say 21-year-old Samantha Josephson was murdered after she got into what she thought was her Uber ride.

The suspect, 24-year-old Nathaniel David Rowland, is in custody.

The video shows Josephson getting into what she thought was an Uber early Friday morning.

“We believe that she simply mistakenly got into this particular car, thinking it was an Uber ride,” said Columbia Police Chief William Holbrook.

Fourteen hours later, hunters discovered her body in a field 90 miles away.

“I cannot fathom how someone could randomly select a person, a beautiful girl, and steal her life away,” said Marci Josephson, the victim’s mother.

Police arrested Rowland on charges of kidnapping and murder.

Investigators say they found Josephson’s cell phone and blood inside Rowland’s black Chevrolet Impala.

“Further examination determined what appeared to be blood present in the car,” Holbrook said.

Police say the child safety locks were activated, making it difficult for anyone to open the rear doors from inside.

Rowland didn’t attend his first hearing but Josephson’s mother did — with a message.

“My daughter’s name is Samantha Josephson. Don’t ever forget her name. Samantha Josephson. Shame on him.”

Josephson’s friends and family held a vigil to remember a woman who had so much life.

Her death is sparking new concerns about ride-sharing security.

Experts say to make sure the license plate, driver photo and driver name match what’s listed in the app before getting into a car.

“This could happen to anybody and that’s the point,” said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. “We have to teach young people how to be careful.”

A funeral service for Samantha Josephson will be held on Wednesday at noon in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, according to a post on her father’s Facebook page.

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