Columbia police held a press conference Saturday detailing the death of Samantha Josephson, a USC student who went missing in Five Points early Friday morning.
Last Saturday, suspect in South Carolina was charged with murder of Samantha Josephson, student at University of South Carolina.
Police believe she had been taken up in a vehicle before being killed & dumped in a wooded area.
Columbia Police Department besides Chief William H. Holbrook said authorities had charged Nathaniel Rowland with killing Josephson.
A traffic stop found blood of victim in his car.
“Our hearts are broken, they’re broken. There is nothing tougher than to stand before a family an explain how a loved one was murdered”
In speaking w/Josephson’s parents, Chief Holbrook said during the news conference, “Our hearts are broken. There is nothing tougher than to stand before a family and explain how a loved one was murdered. It was gut-wrenching. This is personal to us.
On Friday, Josephson was outwith friends at Bird Dog bar on Harden Street before being separated.
Roommates of Josephson contacted law enforcement after they were not able to contact her all following morning.
Josephson was seen getting into Chevy Impala after requesting Uber.
Cont’d: Here’s another picture of Josephson when she was last seen on Harden Street talking on the phone. Pay close attention to what she was wearing early this a.m. Call @MidlandsCrime at 1-888-CRIME-SC w/your helpful tips regarding her whereabouts.
Columbia Police Department besides investigators began inquiry of a missing-person while Clarendon County police responded to a call which a body had been discovered in a field about 3:45 p.m.
“The body had been found by a couple of people hunting in a field in what was described by the sheriff to us as a wooded area in a very rural part of the county off of a dirt road — about 40 feet off of a dirt road — in an area that would be very difficult to get to unless you knew how to get there”
Last Saturday, Columbia Police Department with a canine officer noticed a black Chevy Impala two blocks where victim was last seen.
Officer had asked driver to step out vehicle before was taken into custody.
Returning to vehicle, officer observed large amounts of blood inside. Police received a search warrant & found similar samples in passenger side of car & trunk that confirmed blood belonged to Josephson.
“What we know now is that she had in fact summoned an Uber ride and was waiting for that Uber ride to come, we believe. We don’t’ have a statement or any evidence that suggests this, other than our observations on the video. We believe that she simply mistakenly got into this particular car thinking it was an Uber ride”
Cont’d: Special Victims Unit investigators believe that shortly after 2:00 a.m., Josephson was seen getting into this newer model Chevy Impala along Harden Street. Family & friends have been trying to locate her ever since. Again, call @MidlandsCrime 1-888-CRIME-SC w/your tips.