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Missing New Jersey College Student Found Dead in South Carolina

Investigators said Nathaniel David Rowland killed Samantha Josephson, of Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, and dumped her body in a rural area outside Columbia, South Carolina

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    South Carolina Man Arrested for Kidnapping, Murdering NJ Student

    Samantha Josephson was killed early Friday morning after getting into the wrong car in Columbia, South Carolina. The driver of that car has been arrested and charged with her murder.

    (Published Wednesday, April 3, 2019)

    A 25-year-old man has been charged with kidnapping and murdering a New Jersey woman who went missing in Columbia, South Carolina, after a night out with friends.

    Investigators said Nathaniel David Rowland killed Samantha Josephson, of Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, in the early hours of March 29 and dumped her body in a rural area outside Columbia.

    Large amounts of her blood and Josephson's cell phone were found inside his car, according to investigators. Authorities also found a container of liquid bleach, window cleaner and sanitizing wipes. 

    Josephson was a senior at the University of South Carolina with hopes of continuing her education at Philadelphia's Drexel University, according to her family. 

    Instead, the 21-year-old was found murdered by a group of hunters, Columbia police said. 

    Officials suspect Josephson accidentally climbed into Rowland's car thinking it was the Uber she had been waiting for in the 5 Points section of Columbia.

    "It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning. Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha Josephson following the devastating news of her death," USC president Harris Pastides said in a statement to students.

    Josephson's father posted on Facebook that he "will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life."