A night out with friends for a 21-year-old college student ended in a horrific tragedy over the weekend. Samantha Josephson, a student at the University of Southern California, was last seen leaving a bar near the USC campus around 2:00 AM.
According to the Washington Post, the young woman reportedly got into a car that she thought was her Uber. Unfortunately, the driver was not an Uber driver and he never took her home.
After her friends did not hear from her for 12 hours, they reported her missing to local authorities. She was found dead just a few hours later.
Newly-released surveillance footage (below) showed a black Chevrolet Impala casually pull up to the side of the road where Josephson was standing. Josephson stepped into the vehicle assuming it was her trusted ride.
Police announced her cause of death on Monday. She allegedly died of “multiple sharp force injuries.” 24-year-old Nathaniel D. Rowland has been arrested on charges of kidnapping and murdering Josephson.
Other USC students and friends of Josephson decorated the area where she was last spotted in honor of her. Flowers and candles were displayed at a nearby fountain.
Josephson’s tragic death brings attention to the dangers of using car services such as Uber or Lyft. Many high-profile names, including Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt, commented on the situation.
Please pray for Jospheson’s family during this difficult time! May God wrap them in His love and bless them with peace.
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