There have been numerous instances of people getting into cars that they mistook for their Uber ride. Typically, the driver tells the intoxicated guest they are not their ride, but that wasn’t the case here. After a night out on the town, a college student was found dead on a rural road after she apparently got into the wrong car.
Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old college student at the University of South Carolina, was leaving a bar with a group of friends Friday night. She told her friends she was going to order an Uber and head home.
Her friends saw her get into a black Impala as everyone called it a night. According to the Daily Mail, the Uber Josephson’s actually ordered showed up moments later and canceled the ride as there was no one waiting for pickup.
It wasn’t until the next day that it was determined that something was very wrong. Her friends and family called her nonstop the next day until they became so worried that they alerted the Columbia Police Department.
On Saturday, law enforcement began searching for the black Impala that picked her up. At 3 a.m. the next day, law enforcement pulled over 24-year-old Nathaniel David Rowland, who was driving a Black Impala.
Rowland was stopped and tried to make a run for it before being apprehended. Police reported Josephson’s blood and her phone were found in the car, as well as a bottle of bleach. Police also noticed that the backseat was equipped with child safety locks that would have enabled the driver to lock the back doors of the vehicle.
A woman was also in the car at the time of the traffic stop and has been cooperative in the investigation, the New York Times reported. In a press conference, Columbia Police Department Chief Skip Holbrook released the facts of Josephson’s death.
“She had, in fact, summoned an Uber ride. She was waiting for that Uber ride to come, we believe. She simply mistakenly got into this car thinking it was an Uber ride. 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. It was gut-wrenching, words really can’t describe what they’re going through.”
The body of Josephson was found by turkey hunters on a rural road about two miles from where she was picked up. She was buried in a shallow grave, and police have not released how or when she died.