Father Demands Change After His Daughter Murdered After Getting into Car She Thought Was Uber

April 02, 2019Apr 02, 2019

Tragedy struck over the weekend when a young woman was brutally murdered. Now her father is fighting for more safety precautions. 

Samantha Josephson, a University of South Carolina student, was murdered after getting into a car she thought was the Uber she'd ordered.

The New Jersey native died from “multiple sharp force injuries," police confirmed according to PEOPLE. Those injuries were to her head, neck, face, upper body, leg, and foot.

Authorities have charged Nathaniel Rowland, 24, with kidnapping and murder in Josephson’s death. They located Rowland via security footage that showed Josephson getting into his car.

Investigators allege that on early Friday morning, Josephson entered Rowland’s black Chevrolet Impala after leaving a local bar. She'd spent the evening there with friends, but they'd gotten separated.

In security footage, Josephson can be seen on her phone as she enters the backseat. Police have yet to discuss a motive for the killing. Rowland has yet to plead to the charges he faces. He is being held without bail. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

The day after Josephson went missing, her body was discovered in the woods by turkey hunters. She was dumped 65 miles away from where she was last seen.

Investigators say Josephson’s blood was allegedly found in the trunk and interior of Rowland’s car. They also allegedly recovered her cellphone from his vehicle along with cleaning wipes, bleach, and window cleaner.

Her father, Seymour Josephson, says that he will dedicate his life to making ridesharing services safer, according to The Guardian. She reportedly tried another dark car, which she discovered was not her Uber, before hopping into the car of her accused murderer. 

“Samantha was by herself,” her father said Sunday night at a candlelight vigil in Columbia. “She had absolutely no chance. None. The door was locked, the child safety locks were on. She had absolutely no chance.”

Her father added that he told her to always go around in groups of at least two.

“If there is somebody else in that car, there is actually a chance,” said Seymour Josephson, who said he planned to speak to ridesharing services about better-identifying their vehicles.

Ridesharing services also advise people to look at the license plate of the car before getting in. The University of South Carolina is also asking students to pledge to ask the driver, "What's my name?" before getting into the car. 

"We want every college student in America to take a pledge that says they will never get into rideshare without first asking the driver, 'What's my name,' to make sure that they are getting in the right vehicle," said the president of the univeristy. 

Please pray for Josephson's family as they mourn her loss. This is a terrible tragedy.