Drivers give tips to stay safe when using Uber, Lyft

Saul Bowman
April 3, 2019

Her daughter, Samantha Josephson, 21, was found dead in a field Friday afternoon about 14 hours after getting into a vehicle she mistakenly thought was her Uber, said police in Columbia, South Carolina.

"Samantha was by herself", her father said Sunday night at a candlelight vigil in Columbia.

Police say Samantha Josephson got into a auto driven by 24-year-old Nathaniel David Rowland thinking it was her Uber ride, and he killed her. "We believe that she simply mistakenly got into this particular vehicle thinking it was an Uber ride".

Timmons said the acquaintance is cooperating with law enforcement and that there is no indication at this time that she was in the vehicle when Josephson got in the auto.

Officers in SC said at a weekend news conference that they have arrested a suspect who faces charges in the murder and kidnapping of Samantha Josephson, 21.

Jean Dinwiddie says she understands the emptiness the Josephson family is feeling and wonders if social media had existed at the time, they may know what happened to their daughter.

Rowland faces charges of murder and kidnapping in connection with Josephson's death. For students grieving the loss of Josephson, or the other student whose name has not been released, the university is offering extended counseling hours, USC spokesman Jeff Stensland said.

Josephson's mother Marci Josephson spoke during the court proceeding, according to The State newspaper.


He said: "This is a homicide investigation". He said the department's priority is to care for Josephson's family, calling his meeting with them "gut-wrenching". "Samantha Josephson. My daughter's name is Samantha Josephson", she said.

Uber says you should always check to make sure the driver's vehicle model, license plate, and name match what is listed on the app.

Rowland remains in the Richland County jail.

Mr Holbrook added: "Our hearts are broken". Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

Holbrook said Rowland had previously lived near the area where Josephson's body was found, a place the police chief described as "very hard to get to unless you knew how to get there". I could continue to write about her, but it kills me.

Her boyfriend, identified as "Greg", tearfully said she was the love of his life and he saw a "clear future with her". "Times like these leave me searching for words of wisdom and comfort".

The morning after Josephson left the bar, her co-workers at the Liberty Tap Room in Columbia grew concerned when she didn't report for her breakfast shift.

According to law enforcement officials, Josephson had "numerous wounds evident on multiple parts of her body to include her head, neck, face, upper body, leg, and foot".

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