Orange Investigators Aid in Alexis Murphy Search, Clarke Case Active
Investigators in Orange County are now aiding in the search for Alexis Murphy.
Randy Taylor, arrested on an abduction charges in the Murphy case on Sunday, may also be linked to the case of a woman that disappeared in Orange almost three years ago, according to a 2012 newspaper article from The Hook.
Orange County commonwealth's attorney hopes Taylor's arrest will prompt more leads in Samantha Clarke's disappearance. Clarke, 19, went missing in 2010 and was never found.
Investigators in Orange are assisting to coordinate efforts and share information.
Orange County Commonwealth's Attorney
Samantha Ann Clarke went missing from the Town of Orange, Virginia, in the very late hours of September 13, 2010 or the very early hours of September 14, 2010. Her last words to her brother were "I'll be back." She never returned.
The Town of Orange Police Department is actively investigating her disappearance. While we join with the citizens of the Commonwealth in praying for the safe return of Alexis Murphy, both the Office of the Orange County Commonwealth's Attorney and the Town of Orange Police Department welcome the renewed public attention to Ms. Clarke's disappearance.
Town of Orange investigators are assisting in the Murphy investigation in an effort to coordinate efforts and share whatever information they have to which may be helpful. Orange County Commonwealth's Attorney Diana H. Wheeler stated, "As Randy Taylor is someone that Samantha spoke with immediately prior to her disappearance, he remains someone we are very interested in learning more about."
This is an active on-going investigation. While we are unable to give specific information, we assure the public that local law enforcement has not forgotten about Samantha. Attached are two photographs of Samantha. She is 5'4" and 145 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. Samantha has long hair, but usually wears it up. She has multiple tattoos, including a pink Playboy Bunny on her right arm, "Tigger" above her right ankle, "Lucky" above her left ankle and a design with two dolphins on her lower back. Samantha wears glasses. Her ears have multiple piercings including a "bar" on her right ear. Her right nostril, right eyebrow and tongue are pierced.
We urge anyone with any information to please come forward and contact the Town of Orange Police Department at (540) 672-1491 or Orange County CrimeSolvers at (540) 672-7200.