Columbia Police announced Saturday that authorities had charged 24-year-old Nathaniel Rowland with the killing of Samantha Josephson, 21, after a traffic stop revealed that the victim’s blood was located in his vehicle.
A South Carolina man was charged Saturday with kidnapping and murder of the University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson; the police say that they believe that he picked her up in a vehicle, killed her and dumped her body in a wooded area.
Chief William H. Holbrook, the Columbia Police Department, said at a press conference on Saturday night that the authorities had charged 24-year-old Nathaniel Rowland with the killing of Josephson, 21. A traffic stop allegedly found the victim’s blood in his car.
“Our hearts are broken, they are broken. There is nothing more difficult than for a family to explain how a loved one is murdered,” Holbrook said.
According to the police, Josephson was at the beginning of Friday with friends at the Bird Dog bar on Harden Street as the members of the group got separated. After not able to contact her on the following morning, Josephson ‘ s household contact with law enforcement.
The police learned that after leaving the bar, Josephson requested a ride from Uber and was last seen getting into a black Chevy Impala.
According to the police, Josephson was at the beginning of Friday with friends at the Bird Dog bar on Harden Street as the members of the group were separated.
While the researchers of the Columbia Police began a missing person investigation, Clarendon County police responded to a call about 3:45 a.m. that a body was found in a field.
“The body was found by a few people hunting … in a field in what was described by the sheriff to us if in a wooded area in a very rural part of the county off of a gravel road — about 40 yards off of a dirt road — in an area that is very difficult to get, unless you knew how to get there.”
Police say Rowland lived near the place where the body was found.
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About 3 hours, a Saturday, a dog officer with the Columbia Police Department discovered a black Chevy Impala about two blocks from the victim was last seen.
Holbrook said the officer initiated the traffic stop and asked the driver: people have identified him as Rowland — to step out of the vehicle.
The suspect took off, but was taken into custody after a short pursuit.
The police discovered that after leaving the bar, Josephson had requested a ride from Uber and was last seen at the black Chevy Impala.
Upon return of the vehicle, the officer observed what appeared to large amounts of blood in. The police got a search warrant and found similar samples in the trunk and the passenger side of the car. Later testing confirmed that the blood belonged to Josephson.
The police also discovered the victim of the mobile phone in the car, along with bleach, germicidal wipes and window cleaner. Holbrook said the child from the safety of the rear car doors are activated, which suggests that Josephson might not have been able to escape.
Said Holbrook: “What we now know is that they had in fact called up an Uber ride and was waiting for that Uber ride to come, we believe. We do not need a declaration or any evidence that suggests this, other than our observations about the video. We believe that they just accidentally got into this particular car, thinking that it is an Uber ride.”
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The South Carolina law Enforcement Division charged Rowland on Saturday with murder and kidnapping.
Holbrook closed his press conference with condolences to Josephson’s family, calling the case “heartbreaking.”