Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Disappearance of Samantha Clarke


19 year old Samantha Clarke has been missing since September 14th, 2010. The previous evening, Samantha told her younger brother that she was going out with a few friends and would be back later. However, when their mother Barbara Tinder returned to their Orange County, Virginia home after her night shift at work, Samantha still had not returned home. Barbara was immediately worried about her daughter, but was told that she could not file a missing persons report until 48 hours after her disappearance. Barbara remained hopeful that Samantha would show up sometime during that 48 hour period, but unfortunately, Samantha never returned home and was finally reported missing two days later. 

Randy Allen Taylor is considered a suspect in Samantha’s disappearance. Taylor is currently serving a life sentence for kidnapping and murdering 17 year old Alexis Murphy on August 3rd, 2013. A detailed write-up on Alexis’ case can be found here. 

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Randy Allen Taylor
Three years earlier, in September 2010, Samantha and Taylor met at a restaurant off of route 29 called Northside. Samantha was at the restaurant with her mother after the two had attended a high school football game together. While there, Samantha struck up a conversation with two younger men in their 20s. Taylor happened to be a friend of the young men, and joined them at the restaurant. Samantha later ended up going home with one of the younger men, however she took down Taylor’s phone number as well.

In the hours before Samantha’s disappearance on September 14th, Taylor called Samantha five different times. He was identified as a suspect early on into the investigation, but he vehemently denied any involvement in her disappearance and investigators were unable to find any other evidence against him. News about Samantha’s disappearance seemed to die down a bit until Taylor became the prime suspect in the disappearance of another young girl: Alexis Murphy. Police were able to find DNA evidence that Taylor had kidnapped, murdered, and disposed of Alexis. He was ultimately convicted in Alexis’ case; which only reinforced the earlier beliefs that he was involved in Samantha’s 2010 disappearance as well.

Taylor still denies involvement in Samantha’s case. He also claims he was wrongfully convicted in Alexis’ case as well. Neither women have ever been found. Police are still investigating Samantha’s case. If you have any information, please report it here.

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