Samantha Ann Clarke

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Above Images: Clarke, circa 2010

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 13, 2010 from Orange, Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 17, 1991
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'1, 145 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Clarke's ears, right eyebrow, nose and tongue are all pierced. She has the following tattoos: a Playboy bunny on her right arm, a Tigger cartoon figure above her right ankle, two dolphins on her lower back and the word "lucky" on her left ankle. Photos of the tattoos are posted below this case summary. Clark's nickname is Sam. She has long hair and frequently styles it in a bun. She wears eyeglasses. She has had her tonsils removed.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Clarke was last seen in Orange, Virginia shortly after midnight on September 13, 2010. She told her younger brother she was leaving and would be back in the morning. She left their home on Lindsey Drive, taking only her house key, and never returned. Her family reported her missing two days later. She has never been heard from again.

    Randy Allen Taylor is considered a possible suspect in Clarke's disappearance. They knew each other, and they spoke on the phone on the day she vanished. In August 2013, Taylor was charged with abducting Alexis Murphy, who disappeared on August 3. In January 2014, he was also charged with first-degree murder in her case. He was convicted in May. Alexis's body has never been located. He hasn't been charged in Clarke's case and it's unclear whether he was involved. Photographs of Alexis and Taylor are posted below this case summary.

    Clarke graduated from Orange County High School three months before she went missing. She has no cellular phone or driver's license, and it's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning. She had left her home once before and gone to stay in a nearby town for two weeks, but she kept in daily contact with her family by phone. Her disappearance is considered suspicious, although there is no evidence of foul play. It remains unsolved.

    Tattoo 1 Tattoo 2 Tattoo 3 Tattoo 4
    Above Images: Clarke's tattoos

    Randy Taylor
    Above: Randy Taylor

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Orange County Sheriff's Office
    540-672-1200

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    WVIR-TV
    The Free Lance-Star
    The Orange County Review
    The Culpeper Star-Exponent
    The Daily Progress
    Help Find Samantha Clarke
    The Hook
    CBS News
    Reuters

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 13, 2014; details of disappearance updated.

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