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Columbia Police to update Samantha Josephson Investigation - Abccolumbia.com

South Carolina college reports death of student, 21, a day after she climbed into car she thought was her r…

COLUMBIA,SC (WOLO)–Columbia Police Department officials say they are set to hold a news conference regarding the developments in the Samantha Josephson investigation.

Continued coverage: Columbia, SC (WOLO)– Missing USC student, Samantha Josephson, has died according to University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides.

“It is with tremendous sadness and of a broken heart that I post this! I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life. Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be forgotten,” Seymour Josephson wrote. “It is extremely hard to write this and post it but I love her with all my heart. I could continue to write about her but it kills me. I sit here and cry while looking at the picture and write this.”

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning. Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death. Times like these leave me searching for words of wisdom and comfort. However, I take solace that the Carolina Family is here to embrace those who are hurting.

Josephson was first reported missing by friends who called CPD to their apartment in downtown Columbia when she did not return home after a night out. She was last seen outside of the Bird Dog Bar on Harden Street in Columbia when police said she was waiting for an Uber she ordered, but got in the wrong car.

It has been a difficult week for our extended Carolina family. The loss of a student is never easy but this has been a particularly painful few days as we have experienced loss on several of our campuses. As a family, let’s continue to pray for all the families experiencing heartache and grief this week. 

Police say Josephsons body was found by two turkey hunters in a wooded area in Clarendon County on Friday afternoon near Black Bottom Road in New Zion. The suspect was previously lived in that area and hunters say the secluded spot where she was found is only known to those who are familiar in that area.

CPD searching for missing 21-year-old UofSC student

Josephson’s father wrote a message in regards to his daughters death Saturday morning. “I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life. Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be for gotten.”

Rowland was stopped by Columbia police at 3 a.m. Saturday with an alert K-9 officer in a traffic stop in the black Chevy Impala two blocks from the Five Points area. When hes asked to step out of the car, police say Rowland fled on foot and later arrested.

USC student missing since early Friday morning, police say

It is with tremendous sadness and of a broken heart that I post this! I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest…

Police then observed the appearance of blood in the car. The State Law Enforcement Division was called to process the scene. A search warrant later uncovered blood, Josephsons cellphone, bleach, wipes, and window cleaner, Holbrook said.

According to Columbia Police Josephson was last seen at 715 Harden Street between 1:30a.m. and 2:00a.m.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – The Columbia Police Departments says their investigation in the disappearance of 21-year-old University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson has now become a death investigation.

Investigators believe that shortly after 2:00 a.m., Josephson was seen getting into this newer model Chevy Impala along Harden Street.

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said that the State Law Enforcement Division is charging Nathaniel David Rowland, 24, with kidnapping and murder in Josephsons death.

The University of South Carolina has reported the death of 21-year-old senior Samantha Josephson, who was last seen getting into a car she allegedly thought was her ride share.

Video: Missing University of South Carolina Samantha Josephsons death confirmed by university

The University of South Carolina on Saturday has reported the death of a student who had been missing a day earlier.

The student, Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old senior, was last seen getting into a car at 2:12 a.m. Friday. Friends believe she may have mistaken the vehicle for her ride share.

Police also said that there was a child safety seat in the back of the car and the child safety locks were enabled, so no one could be able to escape.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning,” college president Harris Pastides said. “Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death.”

It is with tremendous sadness and of a broken heart that I post this! I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest…

Police said this photo shows Samantha Josephson shortly before she disappeared. (Columbia Police Department)

Earlier Saturday, Josephson’s father said on Facebook that he would miss and love his “baby girl” for the rest of his life.

“Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be forgotten,” Seymour Josephson, of New Jersey, said. “It is extremely hard to write this and post it but I love her with all my heart. I could continue to write about her but it kills me.”

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Detectives with the Columbia Police Department's sex crimes unit was investigating Josephson's disappearance. A department spokesperson did not immediately return calls Saturday from Fox News seeking comment.

“Loved ones have not been able to make contact with her ever since,” police said Friday.

She left the Bird Dog bar alone after being out with friends Friday, the student newspaper the Daily Gamecock reported.

“When she didn’t show up at her downtown residence and didn’t answer repeated phone calls, her friends became concerned and notified CPD,” police said.

Samantha Josephson was seen getting into this newer model Chevy Impala before she disappeared, police said. (Columbia Police Department )

Josephson was a political science major bound for Drexel University Law School in Philadelphia, a friend Jordyn Spenner told The State newspaper.

“We’re making sure everyone is checking their (ride share service car) before they get in,” Spenner told the paper.

Sami was "a vibrant young woman with an infectious smile and a contagious laugh," the Robbinsville School District said, according to WLTX-TV.


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