Murdered South Carolina student may have thought vehicle was her Uber ride

Suspect Arrested In Five Points Slaying

Fielding Pringle, the public defender for Rowland, said Sunday she has no statement on behalf of her client at this time. He was being held in the Richland County jail. Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death, ' wrote President Harris Pastides in a statement.

Officials say Josephson was waiting for an Uber outside of a bar in the city's 5 Points area around 2 a.m. Friday.

While Columbia police were starting their investigation, turkey hunters found a body around 4 p.m. Friday about 40 feet off a dirt road in a wooded area in Clarendon County, southeast of Columbia, Holbrook said.

USC was planning a Sunday evening vigil for Josephson on the field behind the school's main recreation center, according to WLTX-19 in SC.

Columbia Police Department had previously released surveillance images released showing Josephson the student before she disappeared.

With investigators believing Josephson got into that vehicle thinking it was her Uber ride, the case is raising awareness about ride share safety. "Samantha was by herself, she had absolutely no chance".

Police say that Josephson's cell phone was found in the back of the auto that Rowland was driving, along with what investigators believe to be her blood.

"Our hearts are broken, they're broken. There is nothing tougher than to stand before a family and explain how a loved one was murdered", Chief Holbrook said. "Words really can't describe what they are going through". The university on Saturday confirmed the death of the student.

"I'll love to do it wit ya but I be damn if I can't do it without ya", he wrote in another post.

"I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life", Seymour Josephson wrote.

If the information doesn't match up, do not get into the vehicle, the company wrote on a blog post.

"I can't tell you how painful this is", he said.

Josephson was a political science major who planned to go to the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia upon graduating in May, according to The State.

A review of Rowland's Facebook page reveals several posts that appear to have been made after he allegedly killed Josephson but before he was apprehended for the crime.

Safety advocates urged college students to match the vehicle color and model, the license tag number, and the photo of their ride-share drivers before getting in a vehicle and make the driver say their names to them before they introduce themselves.

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