Coroner releases autopsy results for USC student

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – The Clarendon County Coroner is releasing the cause of death for University of South Carolina student that mistakenly got into a fake Uber ride.

The Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock stated that SLED is releasing the cause of death for Samantha L. Josephson, 21, of Robbinsville, New Jersey.  According to the news release, an autopsy indicated the cause of death was due to multiple sharp force injuries. 

Nathaniel Rowland, 25, has been arrested and charged with the murder and kidnapping of USC student, Samantha Josephson, 21. Rowland was arrested following a brief foot chase around 3 a.m. Saturday morning in the area Josephson was last seen. 

Investigators believe that Josephson mistakenly got into Rowland’s car, thinking it was Uber ride share that she ordered. 

Josephson’s body was found by turkey hunters in a wooded area in Clarendon County on Friday afternoon near Black Bottom Road, according to Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook. Chief Holbrook stated during the press conference that Rowland was stopped in his black Chevy Impala two blocks from the Five Points area by a Columbia Police K-9.

When he was asked to step out of his vehicle, authorities stated that he fled on foot but was later apprehended. 

Authorities stated that Samantha Josephson was last seen by her friends between 1:30 a.m. – and 2 a.m. Friday at 715 Harden Street in Columbia. 

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