That was the last she was seen, before her body was found dumped in a field, in an area close to where the suspect currently in custody resides. Not checking to see if the car and the driver fit the description in the app was a terrible mistake.
On Saturday, police had their man in custody. An officer noticed the Impala at a junction and tried a traffic stop. The driver pulled over and tried to run on foot, but was eventually apprehended. His name is Nathaniel Rowland and he’s been charged with kidnapping and murder, after police have recovered damning evidence from the car.
Investigators found blood in the passenger compartment and in the trunk of the car, Chief William Holbrook of the Columbia Police Department said at a press conference. They also recovered Josephson’s cellphone, and found bleach, wipes and window cleaner inside – meaning that the suspect had plans to clean up the crime scene. The car’s child safety locks were all activated.
“We believe… that she simply mistakenly got into this particular car thinking it was an Uber ride,” Holbrook said. “She opened the door and got into it and departed with the suspect driving.”
Uber has refused to comment on the killing: an understandable choice, since it was not directly involved in it. Its community guidelines urge riders to double-check if the car and driver that show up match the description in the app.
Cont’d: Here’s another picture of Josephson when she was last seen on Harden Street talking on the phone. Pay close attention to what she was wearing early this a.m. Call @MidlandsCrime at 1-888-CRIME-SC w/your helpful tips regarding her whereabouts. pic.twitter.com/PZSokgwFYN— Columbia Police Dept (@ColumbiaPDSC) March 30, 2019
Cont’d: Special Victims Unit investigators believe that shortly after 2:00 a.m., Josephson was seen getting into this newer model Chevy Impala along Harden Street. Family & friends have been trying to locate her ever since. Again, call @MidlandsCrime 1-888-CRIME-SC w/your tips. pic.twitter.com/3211Wjx6PK— Columbia Police Dept (@ColumbiaPDSC) March 30, 2019
News Conference On Samantha Josephson Investigation https://t.co/PvfVmd74X9— Columbia Police Dept (@ColumbiaPDSC) March 30, 2019