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Cause of Death Out for Student Who Mistook Car for Her Uber

But authorities haven't commented on weapon
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2019 12:26 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by the Columbia Police Department shows Samantha Josephson.   (Columbia Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – Samantha Josephson's body was found within hours of her being reported missing on Friday, but it took days for officials to reveal her cause of death. The State Law Enforcement Division said in a Monday news release the 21-year-old University of South Carolina student died of "multiple sharp force injuries." The State reports an SLED rep wouldn't comment on what type of weapon may have been used or whether a weapon was recovered, but it did quote arrest warrants released Sunday that elaborated: Josephson, who apparently got into a vehicle she mistook for her Uber ride, suffered "numerous wounds evident on multiple parts of her body to include her head, neck, face, upper body, leg, and foot." Nathaniel Rowland, 24, is being held on murder and kidnapping charges. More on the case:

  • CBS News has a statement from Uber: "Everyone at Uber is devastated to hear about this unspeakable crime, and our hearts are with Samantha Josephson's family and loved ones. We remain focused on raising public awareness about this incredibly important issue" [of imposter drivers]."

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