Samantha Josephson: father of murdered student vows to improve ridesharing safety

Police say they found the woman's body in a

US student mistook murderer´s car for Uber: police

Authorities say multiple injuries from a sharp object killed a University of SC student who police say was kidnapped and killed after she got into the wrong auto while waiting for an Uber ride.

Josephson's time at the University of SC was winding down and she spent another night with friends at Columbia's Five Points bar district.

Josephson separated herself from her friends that night and called for an Uber to take her home. "We believe that she mistakenly got into this particular auto".

Authorities say surveillance video captured Josephson getting into Rowland's dark colored auto outside the bar after she mistook it for her Uber.

Josephson was reported missing by her friends on Friday afternoon and later that day her body was found by turkey hunters more than 65 miles away in a wooded area. Surveillance footage shows the 21-year-old walking outside, waiting on the sidewalk, and holding her phone.

When the officer pulled over the vehicle, Holbrook said, Rowland got out of the auto and ran away.

Josephson's body was later found in an area near where Rowland lived previously.

Josephson's tragic death serves as a reminder of the risks involved in using ride-hailing applications. Early on Saturday morning, an officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of the auto two blocks from the tavern and initiated a traffic stop, Holbrook said.

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The homicide investigation is ongoing, Holbrook said.

Ms Josephson's father Seymour paid tribute to his daughter sharing a picture of the pair together to Facebook on Saturday. "I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life".

"There are no words to describe the enormous pain, his actions have caused our family and friends", Marci Josephson said.

"It is extremely hard to write this and post it but I love her with all my heart". 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. "So, I mean, if you're looking for a Nissan, obviously you don't hop into a Ford".

School and government officials in Josephson's hometown of Robbinsville, N.J., issued statements of shock and grief. "He's taken away a piece of our heart, soul and life".

"Even in the short time she was here, how many people she positively impacted with her energy", Corbishley said. He didn't attend his first court appearance Sunday and is next due in court on April 22. She called Rowland evil and remembered her daughter as "bubbly, loving, kind and full of life". "Samantha Josephson. My daughter's name is Samantha Josephson". Marci added. "He should never be given the right to walk free again for what he did to my daughter, or given the opportunity to hurt anybody else". Don't ever forget her name.

Josephson's funeral will be held on Wednesday in New Jersey.

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