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One Year Later Clarke's Family Still Mourning, Questioning

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It's been one year since an Orange County teenager went missing, leaving no signs of what happened.  Samantha Ann Clarke's family is mourning her loss Tuesday night, still with more questions than answers.

Clarke was 19 years old when she disappeared.  That was exactly one year ago Tuesday, and unfortunately, not much has changed for her family.

Clarke's family gathered to remember her by launching candle lanterns into the sky.  It was their way of sending out their message of hope for her return and help from the community to find her. 

"We just pray she comes home," said Barbara Tinder, Clarke's mother.  

Tinder's home is covered with Clarke's smile - photos lining the walls, scattered around the living room and keeping her face around so no one can forget.

Tinder stated, "It's been rough and it's still rough cause we don't have no answers."

The investigation into Clarke's disappearance has led police to Greene Acres Lake in Greene County at least 10 times.  But so far, the clues haven't brought the family much piece of mind.

"Very frustrated. Not knowing if they're even doing their job like they're supposed to or if they know something they're not telling me," Tinder said.

In fact, Tinder says she hasn't heard from the Town of Orange Police Chief Jim Fenwick for a month or so, but she hopes to hear something about the investigation soon.

Tinder said, "We want Samantha home. We miss her and love her."

NBC29's calls to Fenwick went unreturned Tuesday night.  If you have any information, please call the Town of Orange Police Department at (540) 672-1491 or Orange County Sheriff's Office at (540) 672-1200.



9/20/10 Press Release from the Town of Orange Police Department:

The Town of Orange Police Department is seeking information on the whereabouts of Samantha Ann Clarke, age 19. Samantha is 19 years old, 5'4", 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes (photo attached). She wears glasses and has a pink Playboy Bunny tattoo on her right arm, a Tigger tattoo on her right ankle, and 2 dolphin tattoos on her lower back. Samantha was last seen at her residence on Lindsay Dr in the Town of Orange in the late evening of Monday, 9/13/2010. She indicated to a family member that she was leaving and would be back the next morning. There is no proof that she took any extra clothing or items; including identification, that would indicate she planned on being away for a period of time, and it is unknown what she was wearing at the time she left. It is also unknown what type of vehicle she may be in, if any. Samantha was reported missing to law enforcement on 9/15/2010.

Investigators with the Town of Orange Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office have since been following up on leads and interviewing known acquaintances of Samantha Ann Clarke. Samantha's disappearance is now believed to be suspicious, and investigators are seeking information that may reveal any foul play.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Samantha Ann Clarke is asked to contact the Town of Orange Police Department at (540) 672-1491, the Orange County Sheriff's Office at (540) 672-1200, or Orange County CrimeSolvers at (540) 672-7200.

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