Samantha Josephson died after getting in car she mistook for Uber

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A 21-year-old US student who went missing last night has been confirmed dead by her heartbroken father.

Samantha Josephson disappeared after getting into the back of a stranger’s car, mistaking it for an Uber taxi.

Her actual Uber driver cancelled the ride when she failed to show up at around 2am on Friday in Columbia, South Carolina.

USC student, Samantha Josephson, 21, is confirmed dead after disappearing while getting into car she mistakenly thought was her Uber; Josepshon pictured in paris 2018

Samantha Josephson, 21, died on a night out with friends (Picture: Facebook/Seymour Josephson)

Police said Samantha had got into a dark-coloured car which appears to have been a Chevrolet Impala.

Her friends frantically searched for her, but just a day later, her father, who lives in Robinsville, New Jersey, announced that she has died.

Seymour Josephson said: ‘I will miss and love my baby girl for the rest of life.

‘Samantha is no longer with us but she will not be forgotten. It is extremely hard to write this and post it but I love her with all my heart.

‘I could continue to write about her but it kills me. I sit here and cry while looking at the picture and write this.’

USC student, Samantha Josephson, 21, is confirmed dead after disappearing while getting into car she mistakenly thought was her Uber Josephson with her parents before departing for a semester abroad 2018

Samantha Josephson’s father confirmed the tragic news (Picture: Facebook/Seymour Josephson)

The University of South Carolina, where Samantha was a senior political science student, also confirmed the tragic news.

In a statement, the university’s president Harris Pastides said: ‘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.’

It is not yet known how Samantha died or whether police have launched an investigation, but officers are set to give a press conference later today.

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