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#1 Lori Davis

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 05:04 PM

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By Orange News Staff
Published: September 21, 2010

The Town of Orange Police Department is seeking information on the whereabouts of Samantha Ann Clarke.

According to Orange Police Chief Jim Fenwick, Clarke was last seen at her residence on Lindsay Drive in Orange in the late evening of Monday, Sept. 13. She indicated to a family member that she was leaving and would be back the next morning, the chief said. 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, he added. It is also unknown what type of vehicle she may be in, if any.

Clarke was reported missing to law enforcement Wednesday, Sept. 15 and a statewide broadcast was sent out last week, the chief said.
Investigators with the Town of Orange Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office have since been following up on leads and interviewing Clarke's acquaintances since then. Her disappearance is now believed to be suspicious, the chief said, and investigators are seeking information that may reveal any foul play.

Clarke is 19 years old, 5'4", 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She wears glasses and has a pink Playboy Bunny tattoo on her right arm, a Tigger tattoo on her right ankle, and two dolphin tattoos on her lower back.

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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Posted 29 September 2010 - 05:31 AM

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Orange woman still missing

By Daily Progress Staff Reports Published: September 28, 2010

Police in Orange and sheriff’s deputies in Orange County are still searching for a missing 19-year-old woman.

Officials are interviewing people who had contact with Samantha Ann Clarke of Orange in the days leading up to her Sept. 13 disappearance and following up on information gathered from phone records and the family computer.

When she left home that night, she told a family member, upstairs in another room, that she would be returning, according to officials. But she never did.

Clarke is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 145 pounds and has brown hair and eyes.

Officials don’t know what she was wearing when she left, but she has long hair, which she typically wears up. She has several tattoos: a pink Playboy bunny on her right arm, Tigger on her right ankle and two dolphins on her lower back. She wears glasses.

Anyone with information should call 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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Posted 29 September 2010 - 05:32 AM

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Missing teen search intensifies


Date published: 9/28/2010 BY ROBIN KNEPPER

Orange County authorities are reaching out to the public for help as they continue to search for a missing teenager.

Samantha Ann Clarke, 19, left her home in the town of Orange Sept. 13 and was reported missing by her family two days later. Her disappearance was uncharacteristic, said Orange police Chief Jim Fenwick.

“We're following up with the people she was associated with in the days before her disappearance,” he said. “She had no car and no cell phone, so we don’t know if she walked away from her home or was picked up.”

A reverse 911 call is planned for 19,000 numbers in Orange County. When the phone is answered, a recorded message will give information about the missing young woman.

Clarke is 5-4, 145 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She has long hair but usually wears it pinned up. She has multiple tattoos—a pink Playboy Bunny on her right arm, “Tigger” on her right ankle and a design with two dolphins on her lower back. She wears glasses.

On the day she disappeared, Clarke called upstairs to tell her younger brother she was leaving and would return, Fenwick said. What she was wearing at the time is unknown.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts 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 CrimeSolvers at 540/672-7200.



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Posted 29 September 2010 - 02:57 PM

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Police still seek info on missing woman

Samantha Ann Clark
By Orange News Staff
Published: September 29, 2010
Updated: September 29, 2010 - 1:23 PM

Orange Police Chief Jim Fenwick said there are no new developments in the case of Samantha Ann Clarke, the 19-year old who was reported missing on Sept. 19. Investigators with the Town of Orange Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office continue to follow up on leads and interview people known to have been in contact with Clarke leading up to her disappearance in the late evening of Monday, Sept. 13.

Clarke was last seen that evening at her home on Lindsay Drive in Orange, when she indicated to a family member that she was leaving and would be back the next morning, said Chief Fenwick.

In addition to their interviews and follow-ups, investigators have reviewed information taken from the family's computer and phone records. The disappearance is believed to be suspicious, said the chief.

It is not known what Clarke was wearing at the time of her disappearance, or what kind of vehicle, if any, she might have left in.

Clarke is 19 years old, 5'4", 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She wears glasses and has a pink Playboy Bunny tattoo on her right arm, a Tigger tattoo on her right ankle, and two dolphin tattoos on her lower back.

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


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Posted 02 October 2010 - 06:54 AM

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Tips produce no sign of missing woman

By Rob Humphreys
Published: October 02, 2010

Law enforcement personnel continue to probe the case of a 19-year-old Orange woman missing since Sept. 13.

In a press release, Chief James L. Fenwick of the Orange Police Department said officers followed up on several reporting sightings of Samantha Ann Clarke Thursday in Orange and Gordonsville.

“But those tips did not produce any tangible leads,” Fenwick said.

Clarke was last seen leaving her house on Lindsay Drive during the night of Sept. 13.

“She told a family member that she was leaving and would be back later,” Fenwick said. “The family member was upstairs and was unable to provide a description of the clothing that Samantha was wearing at the time that she left, as well as any possible vehicle information.”

Fenwick calls the case “suspicious in nature due to the fact that it’s an uncharacteristic disappearance.”

“We have a lot of stuff we can’t release because we don’t want it to jeopardize our future investigation,” the chief continued, “but at this point we don’t have any indications there was foul play regarding her leaving her residence. I don’t think she was kidnapped or forced into her car.”

The Orange County E-911 Center is using automated phone calls to try and gather more information, and investigators from the OPD and Orange County Sheriff’s Office are following leads and interviewing people known to have been in contact with Clarke before her disappearance.

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Contact the Orange Police Department at (540) 672-1491 , the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 672-1200 or Orange County Crime Solvers at (540) 672-7200.


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Posted 07 October 2010 - 05:46 AM

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No new info on missing Orange girl
For the third straight week the Orange Police Department reports no new developments in the case of Samantha Ann Clarke, who was last seen Sept. 13.

By Drew Jackson Published: October 06, 2010

Samantha Ann Clarke gets homesick. Once, the 19-year-old left her hometown of Orange for nearby Culpeper for a two-week stretch, but during that time called her mother or aunt every day until she made the 17-mile journey back home. The silence the past three weeks is what really worries Barbara Tinder, Clarke's mother, who says if her daughter could call home, she would.

For the third straight week the Orange Police Department reports no new developments in the case of Clarke, who was last seen Sept. 13 when she informed a family member she was leaving for the night, but would return the next morning. When she did not reappear or call her house, the family reported her missing two days later. Since that time Orange Police have worked with agencies in the surrounding counties, following leads and tips, but ultimately gaining little traction in the investigation.

Orange Police Chief Jim Fenwick said there is no credible evidence to suggest foul-play and that he's optimistic the case will have a happy resolution.

"What we've determined from what her family has said, is that it's very uncharacteristic for her not to check in," he said. "She always lets someone know where she's going, but since there's been no contact, that's why we've deemed it suspicious."

Clarke graduated from Orange County High School in June and was living at home with her mom on Lindsey Drive in Orange. She does not have a driver's license, car, or cell phone, her mother said. At the time her daughter disappeared, which was sometime in the late evening of Sept. 13, Tinder was at work. She remembers telling her daughter "bye," and that she would see her in the morning.

"I told her bye and that I loved her, and she said she would see me tomorrow morning," said Tinder, who learned from a sibling her daughter had left for the night when she retuned from work the next morning. She hasn't seen nor heard from her since.

Tinder said she's received a lot of support from her sister Brenda Rhodes, who, along with her husband Randall Rhodes, was close with Samantha.
"She likes roller skating, and listening to music and being with her friends," said Brenda Rhodes about her niece. "She's a real sweet girl with a good personality."

Rhodes said the last time she saw Samantha was Sept. 10, and that the last time she spoke to her on the phone was the next day, two days before she disappeared.
Fenwick said the family has been helpful throughout the investigation to find Samantha and has been quick to pass along any new lead or information they might have.
Tinder said she's received phone calls from around the area of reported sightings, which she then passes along to the police department, but has been disappointed with the results thus far.

"It's my daughter, I can't just sit here. I feel useless if I can't do something," she said.

If she was given the opportunity to speak with Samantha, Tinder said she would ask if she was okay, and tell her that she misses her and loves her.
"I just want to know she's okay," she said.

The Town of Orange Police Department has asked anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Samantha to call them at (540) 672-1491, the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 672-1200, or Orange County CrimeSolvers at 672-7200.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 06:21 AM

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Orange getting tips on missing teen, but disappearance remains a mystery.

Date published: 10/8/2010

Town of Orange police say a search is continuing for a missing teenager with help from other law-enforcement agencies in the area.

"We've gotten tips from as far away as Fredericksburg and have been working with Madison, Culpeper and the State Police on this case," Orange police Chief Jim Fenwick said.

Samantha Ann Clarke, 19, left her home in the town on Orange Sept. 13 after telling her younger brother that she would return. Fenwick said she did not drive, but it is not known whether she was picked up or left on foot. She did not have a cell phone.

"We don't have any evidence of foul play after she left home and we're chasing rumors all over the place," Fenwick said.

Clarke is 5 feet 4 inches, 145 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and glasses. She has several tattoos: a pink Playboy bunny on her right arm, a Tigger on her right ankle and a design with two dolphins on her lower back.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Orange Police Department at 540-672-1491, the Sheriff's Office at 540-672-1200 or CrimeSolvers at 540-672-7200.

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SAMANTHA CLARKE

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DOB:  Jul 17, 1991
Missing:  Sep 13, 2010
Sex:  Female
Race:  White
Hair:  Brown
Eyes:  Brown
Height:  5'1" (155 cm)
Weight:  145 lbs (66 kg)
Missing From:
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VA
United States


Both photos shown are of Samantha. Her ears, nose, tongue and right eyebrow are pierced. Samantha has multiple tattoos. She may go by the nickname Sam.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 08:29 AM

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Samantha Clarke Still Missing 10 Weeks Later


Posted: Nov 23, 2010 7:17 PM EST Updated: Nov 23, 2010 11:05 PM EST

There is a woman in Orange County approaching the holidays wondering if she will ever be able to celebrate them again with her daughter. Barbara Tinder's 19-year-old daughter, Samantha Ann Clarke, disappeared 10 weeks ago.

Clarke's name has been in the news, but certainly not received the kind of national attention given to Morgan Harrington. That is odd, considering there are enough similarities, that if the Today Show was interested in one, they ought to be interested in the other. But that has not been the case for Clarke's family; their tragedy has played out very differently, and very quietly, at home in Orange.

Barbara Tinder's world is spinning out of control. One question haunts her: where is Samantha?

"She's a sweet girl," said Tinder. "She's got a beautiful smile as you can see in all the fliers we've been posting."

Clarke vanished sometime after midnight on the night of September 13, 2010. She told her 14-year-old brother that she was leaving and she would be home in the morning. So one of the first places police searched were the dense woods only a few steps from her front door.

"The only thing we know that she left with was her key," said Orange Police Chief Jim Fenwick.

When Dan Harrington, Morgan Harrington's father, of heard about the case, he reached out to Tinder.

"I mean she didn't have a clue," he said.

"It's very hard, each day goes by it gets harder and harder," said Tinder. "I think somebody's done killed her cause my daughter wouldn't go this long without contacting me."

"I knew in my heart on Sunday, Morgan was dead," said Harrington. "My daughter would not have run away."

Two missing person cases and a common denominator, but Samantha's case is getting only a fraction of the attention Morgan's received.

"Was Morgan's case more high profile because of who we are?" asked Harrington.

Maybe; a public relations firm also offered free help to the Harringtons, and he had other advantages.

"My people that I work with at the hospital were very supportive and do what you need to do, and salary continued," Harrington explained.

Time off work is not an option for Barbara.

"But, I mean, my mind hasn't been there, but I have to go try to work cause I mean I still got to live life," she said.

As for the investigation, Orange Police have support from the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Fenwick has also asked Virginia State Police for help, but has not asked them to lead the investigation.

"Anytime we hear of a major crime occurring, we often do reach out to the local police chief or to the local sheriff and offer them whatever resources or assistance they may have," said state police Spokesperson Corinne Gellar. "It is not in our position to just walk in and take over a case."

"At this point, again, we don't know if we have a crime," said Fenwick. "If it gets to a point where we feel it's necessary to turn it over to them, or to whoever, then it will be done."

But in Harrington's case, the University of Virginia immediately asked state police to take over. Still Harrington says that is not enough; from the beginning, he and his wife appeared in front of the camera.

"We pushed police," said Harrington. "I think that what we did is that we made ourselves available and we made ourselves vulnerable."

"I go out and post up pictures of her wherever I can go to post them up," said Tinder.

This is the first time Tinder has gone to the media.

"We feel that it's important for her to get the human element of there," said Fenwick. "Out there to make everybody realize that Samantha Clarke is somebody's daughter, just the same as Morgan Harrington."

Both cases remain open. Police have found Harrington's body and investigators are still working to find her killer. Orange police are still hoping Clarke will be returned alive.


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Posted 02 December 2010 - 06:28 AM

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Vigil planned for missing Orange girl
Orange teenager Samantha Clarke has been missing for 11 weeks.

By Drew Jackson Published: December 01, 2010

As the search for Orange teenager Samantha Clarke enters its 11th week without reported progress, family and friends have organized a candlelight vigil to be held for the missing girl this coming Saturday. The planned vigil comes one week after Clarke's mother, Barbara Tinder, gave her first television interview in hopes of creating more awareness about her missing daughter and soliciting any information on her whereabouts.

"I hope it helps," said Tinder of her interview with NBC 29. "I don't know what else I can do…You hear about cases like this, but I never thought this would happen to me."
Clarke was last seen in the late evening of Sept. 13 when she told a family member she was leaving, but indicated she would return. The 19-year-old, Orange County High School graduate was formally reported missing two days later.

Orange Police Chief Jim Fenwick said there were no new developments in the investigation to report at this time. As the investigation has yielded very few clues as to Clarke's plans on the night of her disappearance, Fenwick said it can still not be concluded that a crime has been committed.

"We know that she willingly left her residence, but we don't know what happened once she left," said the chief. "To say a crime has been committed in the town of Orange, we can't say that."

From the beginning of the investigation, Fenwick said the Orange County Sheriff's Office has provided assistance from its investigators and the Virginia State Police has offered technical assistance when needed.

"We've chased leads all over the surrounding county areas, as well as the state," said Fenwick.

Tinder said Fenwick keeps her updated on the investigation and calls regularly, but that the toll of not knowing where her daughter might be is weighing on her. The chief, though, has remained tight-lipped about specific details of the case, so as not to potentially harm the investigation.

"We realize there's not a lot of information that's been released," said Fenwick, "but I'm not going to jeopardize the investigation just to get more publicity out there."
The vigil for Samantha Clarke will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 4 at the Veteran's Park shelter on Newton Street in Orange. Friends and family of Clarke have also created the Facebook page, "Help Find Samantha Clarke."

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

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Missing woman's family, friends prepare for vigil


By Rhonda Simmons | Media General News Service Published: December 02, 2010

The family and friends of a missing 19-year-old Orange woman plan to hold a candlelight vigil Saturday — nearly three months after her disappearance.

Samantha Ann Clarke, a 2010 Orange County High School graduate, lived on Lindsay Drive in the town of Orange. She was last seen the night of Sept. 13.

The vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lion’s Pavilion at Veteran’s Park on Newton Street in Orange (behind Orange Elementary School).

According to Orange Police Chief Jim Fenwick, the family filed the missing person report Sept. 15.

“At this point, it looks like she willingly left her residence,” Fenwick said. “It has been uncharacteristic for her to have gone this long without contacting her family.”

The chief has stated he does not believe foul play was involved, but Clarke’s family classifies the circumstances surrounding her departure as bizarre.

On the night of her disappearance, Fenwick said, Clarke told her family that she was visiting friends and would return the following evening. A family member who was upstairs in the home when Clarke left could not provide a description of her clothes or any possible vehicle information.

Clarke stands 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 145 pounds and has long, wavy brown hair, usually worn in a bun. She also wears glasses and has several tattoos, including Tigger the Cat on her right ankle, a Playboy bunny on her right shoulder, the word “Luckys” above her left ankle and a dolphin design on her lower back.

Clarke’s family has created a Facebook page (“Help Find Samantha Clarke”) and website (FindSamanthaClarke.webs.com) featuring pictures and a description of the young woman.

Clarke’s mother, Barbara Tinder, posts frequent comments on the Facebook page, begging for her daughter’s safe return.

“I hope [the vigil] will get across [to people] to bring her home,” Tinder said. “I hope she’s safe. I don’t want to think no worse. She’s never done this before, and it’s something she wouldn’t do.”

Tinder describes her daughter as “very friendly, outgoing and smart.”

“To me, she was fine,” Tinder said, addressing her daughter’s emotional and sometimes depressing Facebook posts. “She never discussed that with me.”

Hope Beavers, Clarke’s best friend for the past two years, said Clarke is mainly a cheerful person.

“The only time she got sad or depressed was if a dude upset her,” the 17-year-old OCHS senior said. “Most of the time I’d cheer her up. She was always happy around me. I miss her a lot. Sam is everything to me. I could go to her with anything.”

In an October news release, Fenwick announced that his officers were following numerous reported sightings in Orange and Gordonsville.

“But those tips did not produce any tangible leads,” Fenwick said, calling this case “suspicious in nature due to the fact that it’s an uncharacteristic disappearance.”


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Search for missing Orange teen leads into Greene County

By Jane DeGeorge | Record Editor  Published: February 09, 2011

The search for missing Orange teenager Samantha Clarke has led investigators into Greene County.

Earlier this week, the town of Orange police department representatives searched Greene Acres Lake near Stanardsville as part of its search for Clarke, Orange Police Chief Jim Fenwick said Wednesday.

Fenwick did not wish to comment about whether or not anything was found during the recent search of the lake.

Clarke, 19, willingly left her home in Orange during the early morning hours of Sept. 14, 2010 and never returned, Fenwick said.

“Whatever she was doing, whether it was good or bad, she would have contacted a family member by now, and that in itself is certainly suspicious,” the police chief said.

Fenwick said that investigators do not believe any foul play in relation to this case occurred in the town of Orange, but that he cannot release whether or not they believe foul play may have occurred in other areas.

The search was assisted by law enforcement from Greene and Orange counties and the Virginia State Police.

Although investigators are no longer physically at Greene Acres Lake at the moment, Fenwick said their search is ongoing and has not been completed.

“We’re going wherever the investigation takes us,” he said.

Fenwick also would not comment about what led investigators to the lake, but said that in the days leading up to Clarke’s disappearance that she had been out in the Ruckersville area with friends and family.

“We’ve had to be very tight-lipped about the investigation,” he said. “We have a lot of information we can’t release because it could harm the investigation.”

Fenwick said that investigators are hopeful that they will find Clarke alive and alright but that as the time passes, “it certainly dampens the prospects.”

Anyone with information regarding the case should call the Orange Police Department at (540) 672-1491.


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Posted 02 July 2011 - 03:05 PM

Lake Search for Samantha Clarke Called Off

Divers returned to Greene Acres Lake Friday morning to once again search for missing Orange County teen Samantha Ann Clarke. however they were called to an unrelated search along the James River before ever entering the Greene County lake.


June 3, 2011

Divers returned to Greene Acres Lake Friday morning to once again search for missing teen Samantha Ann Clarke, however they were never able to begin the operation.

Town of Orange police chief James Fenwick told CBS19 divers were diverted to another unrelated search in the James River before ever entering the Greene County lake.

The search, which would have been the ninth at Greene Acres Lake, will be rescheduled. The last search occurred in April.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 02:17 PM

Police offer no new information in Clarke case

By Drew Jackson
Published: June 29, 2011

The Town of Orange Police Department continues to search for missing Orange teenager Samantha Clarke, but says it has no new details it can release to the public at this time. Police chief Jim Fenwick said the search for Clarke is his agency's top priority and that all available resources are being used to locate her whereabouts.

Clarke, 19, was reported missing Sept. 15 of last year, two days after she told a family member she was leaving to meet a friend. Since that time, the Virginia State Police and neighboring county agencies have assisted Orange Police in the search, but little progress has been reported.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 02:18 PM

Dive Team Searches Greene Acres Lake

Posted: Jun 16, 2011 1:59 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 30, 2011 2:00 PM EDT

For the tenth time, a Virginia State Police dive team is searching a lake in Greene County. Investigators are looking for leads in the disappearance of Samantha Ann Clarke. The 19-year-old hasn't been seen since last September.

The Town of Orange Police Chief James Fenwick tells me they're not satisfied with the search so far.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 04:34 PM

https://www.findthem.../cases/11591/0/
NamUs profile for Samantha Clarke - Case 11591

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Charley Project profile for Samantha Clarke

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 08:41 AM

One Year Later: Family Members Hoping Samantha Ann Clarke Will Return Home
Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Samantha Ann Clarke. The Orange County resident, then age 19, was last seen at her residence on Lindsay Drive.


Posted: 2:40 PM Sep 13, 2011
Updated: 9:47 AM Sep 14, 2011
Reporter: Frankie Jupiter

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Samantha Ann Clarke. The Orange County woman, then age 19, was last seen at her residence on Lindsay Drive.

Tuesday night, family members held a vigil at Clarke's home praying for her return. Family members lit sky lanterns and placed photos and signs in their cars asking for her whereabouts.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 05:00 PM

Search for Clarke continues

By: Drew Jackson | Orange County Review
Published: December 14, 2011

The Town of Orange Police Department reports no new developments in the continued search for missing Orange woman, Samantha Clarke, then 19, who was first reported missing 15 months ago. Police chief Jim Fenwick said his agency is following up on information developed from an out-of-town search more than a month ago, but that the department cannot release details about that visit at this time.

Clarke was last seen Sept. 13 of last year, when she indicated to her brother she was leaving the family's home on Lindsay Drive, but would return. Her family reported her missing two days later.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:04 PM

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Orange woman missing now for 2 years

By: Drew Jackson | Greene County Record

Published: September 12, 2012
Updated: September 12, 2012 - 2:11 PM

A car can often be seen in the town of Orange with the words “still missing” written across the back window in white shoe polish and the portrait of a young woman taped up on the inside.

This Thursday marks the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of Samantha Clarke and the words written on her aunt’s car attest that she has not been forgotten, and that her family holds out hope for her return.

Clarke disappeared in the early morning hours of Sept. 13, 2010, from her family’s home on Lindsey Drive in Orange. Police chief Jim Fenwick has said consistently that by all indications Clarke left her home voluntarily and that the case remains a missing persons investigation.

“There’s nothing new we can release at this time,” said Fenwick on recent developments in the case. “We’re getting our paperwork together and communicating with other agencies who might be involved in the long run.”

Fenwick specified Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police as possible agencies that could take over the investigation in the future. The Town of Orange Police Department has maintained an interest in Greene County since early 2011, particularly Greene Acres Lake, a residential lake in the county that has been the location of numerous underwater dives and searches.

The results of those dives have not been made public and Fenwick said the lake has not been searched in months, but that the spot has not been excluded from the investigation.

In the public’s eye, little has been revealed to suggest quantifiable progress in the case, but appearances don’t concern Fenwick, only results.

“We want to have this cleared up as soon as possible for the family, but ultimately we work for Samantha,” said Fenwick. “There are lots of details I would like to release, but I don’t think it’s prudent at this time. I’m not going to release details simply to deflect criticism from my department.”

Fenwick has worked closely with the Orange County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office throughout the investigation, he said, to ensure that all investigative techniques will stand up in a court of law and to explore other means of investigation. When asked to characterize the progress made in the Clarke case Commonwealth’s Attorney Diana Wheeler said simply, “steady.”

Dates like anniversaries have little impact on investigations, suggested Fenwick, who repeatedly said “the pace is dictated by the case,” but the two-year mark does weigh on family members waiting for answers and investigators searching for leads.

“I’m not going to characterize this as a cold case,” said Fenwick. “[The two-year anniversary] takes a toll on the department in regards to it being frustrating not having active leads to investigate. But the case is worked vigorously.”

Wheeler echoed Fenwick’s sentiment and said her office charges only when it’s sufficiently built a case ready for trial.

“We know it’s frustrating for the family, but no one has forgotten Samantha,” said Wheeler. “We keep at it until we can charge.”

When a mother’s daughter has been missing for two years, though, patience is an obsolete concept and Clarke’s mother Barbara Tinder has grown weary waiting for news of her daughter.

“Something should be known by now,” said Tinder. “I mean, is she dead or is she alive? It shouldn’t be this long, my child missing without any answers.”

Last month, various media outlets reported on the discovery of a female body along Interstate 95 in Stafford County. Fenwick said his office had been notified, as it is whenever a body of similar characteristics is discovered, but that the body being Clarke was excluded due to the apparent age differences.

Wheeler also pointed to Greene County as a possible conclusion to the investigation and said her office ensures the Greene County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is kept up to speed on the case. If the investigation is eventually handed over to another jurisdiction, Fenwick said his office is supportive of that, as long as the case continues to be aggressively worked.

“Our role will likely change from star quarterback to cheerleader, and that role is fine with us as long as the case doesn’t sit on the back burner,” said Fenwick. “When the point in time comes when it’s not in our hands anymore, we want to make sure we’ve done everything we can do to allow the case to hold up in court.”


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Posted 01 June 2013 - 03:32 PM

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Greene lake still may hold clue to missing woman
 
Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013 4:45 pm | Updated: 9:16 pm, Fri May 31, 2013.
By Drew Jackson The Orange County Review

A Greene County lake remains a point of interest in the search for missing Orange girl Samantha Clarke. The search for Clarke is now in its 32nd month and the possibility of draining a residential lake near Stanardsville is still on the table, said Orange Police Chief Jim Fenwick. Clarke has been missing since mid-September 2010 when she voluntarily left her home on Lindsay Drive in Orange.

Nineteen years old at the time, Clarke was reported missing by her family once two days had passed without word, an unusual sign from the teenager.Fenwick said there were no new developments in the case that he could share with the public and that the case remains a missing person's investigation.

"The case remains our top priority and we continue to work on it," said Fenwick. "There's no information we feel comfortable releasing to the public at this time."Fenwick said details of the case are being tightly guarded in an effort to uphold the integrity of the case."There are certain details, if released, we think could harm the future of the case," said Fenwick. "Number one-we work for Samantha Clarke, for her and in her interests."

Fenwick declined to comment on whether or not law enforcement teams have conducted any searches or underwater dives related to the search for Clarke. Two years ago, early in 2011, law enforcement agencies met at the Greene Acres lake for a series of dives seeking information connected to Clarke's disappearance.

Fenwick said the lake remains of interest to his investigation and that even the possibility of draining the lake's waters has not been ruled out."Obviously information led us to Greene County and we're obligated to do as much as we can to follow up on every lead," said Fenwick.

"[Draining the lake] has always been an option. Part of our role is making sure if the case needs to be handed over to another jurisdiction, that those jurisdictions are involved and up to speed in what we're doing…While it remains our case, it may wind up being someone else's case. I can't tell Greene County to drain the lake; only a court order from a judge can have the lake drained."

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 04:59 PM

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Suspect in Teen's Abduction Has Link to Another Missing Person Case

Aug. 14, 2013
By ALYSSA NEWCOMB

The man charged with the abduction of a Virginia teenager who is still missing, was one of the last people to speak with another teen before she disappeared in 2010, according to authorities.

Samantha Clarke was 19 when she went missing on the night of Sept. 13 or early Sept. 14, 2010, in Orange, Va. Authorities said one of the last people Clarke talked to before she disappeared was Randy Taylor, now 48, who was arraigned Tuesday in the abduction of Alexis Murphy, 17, who was last seen on Aug. 3.

During a brief appearance in Nelson County Juvenile and Domestic Court in Virginia, Taylor was assigned a public defender but did not enter a plea on an abduction charge in the case of Murphy, who still hasn't been found.

"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," Diana H. Wheeler, Orange County Commonwealth's Attorney, said in a statement.

Wheeler said authorities in Orange, where Clarke was last seen, are coordinating with their counterparts in Nelson County, Va., to "share whatever information they have to which may be helpful."

Authorities declined to elaborate on what led them to arrest Taylor on Sunday night, however they asked anyone who may have seen Taylor before or just after Murphy's disappearance to come forward.

Murphy was last seen on Aug. 3 at a Lovingston, Va., gas station. Her white Nissan Maxima was located three days later in the parking lot of Carmike Cinemas in Charlottesville, Va.

On Monday, what would have been Murphy's first day of her senior year of high school, her mother, Laura Murphy, made a sobbing plea for her return.

"I want her to come home because today would've been her first day of school," she said at a news conference. "I carried my youngest son to school this morning but I didn't have my daughter to take.

"Please, if the public knows anything, please, please let us know. Please," she said.

Taylor was never arrested or charged in Clarke's disappearance, which police said remains an active investigation.

However, in an interview last year with The Hook, a Charlottesville newspaper, Taylor said police treated him like a suspect and harassed him to the extent that he lost his job, home and custody of his son.

"The case needs to be solved," he told the newspaper, "but the way they're going about it is ridiculous."

Taylor told the newspaper that Clarke had expressed romantic interest in one of his younger acquaintances but had soon shifted her sights to another friend, who happened to have a girlfriend.

"I heard [the girlfriend] saying she wanted to 'beat her ass,'" Taylor said, adding that he heard the second man claim he'd help his girlfriend.

Taylor told the newspaper he called Clarke, who he said he didn't know very well, to warn her to "stay away" from the second man.

Clarke's last words were to her 13-year-old brother late Sept. 13 or early Sept. 14, 2010, before she left their apartment.

"I'll be back," she said, according to Wheeler. Clarke never returned.


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Posted 14 September 2013 - 07:54 PM

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Families of Alexis Murphy and Morgan Harrington meet
Posted: Sep 14, 2013 7:04 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 14, 2013 11:44 PM EDT
By WSLS Staff

Charlottesville - The Alexis Murphy family teams up with the Help Save The Next Girl organization, started in honor of Morgan Harrington.

The Virginia Tech student abducted and murdered back in 2009.

Both the Murphy and the Harrington family came together this afternoon for what they say was one of their biggest fundraising and awareness event to date.

It's the first time mothers Laura Murphy and Gil Harrington were able to meet.

They set up at Chandler's Bakery in Charlottesville, near where Alexis' car was found at the Carmike Cinema more than a month ago.

Families from missing girls, Samantha Clark and Sage Smith were also at the event.

 

They raised 500 dollars.


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Posted 08 May 2014 - 03:59 PM

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Randy Allen Taylor Guilty in 17-Year-Old Alexis Murphy's Abduction, Murder

Thursday, May 8, 2014  |  Updated 4:44 PM EDT

 

The man charged with abducting and murdering a Charlottesville teen was found guilty Thursday afternoon, according to NBC affiliate WWBT.

Alexis Murphy, 17, was last seen Aug. 3, 2013.

 

She was spotted on surveillance video on that date at a Liberty gas station in Lovingston; the video shows that Taylor was there at the same time.

 

Her abandoned car was found in the the parking lot of a Charlottesville multiplex three days later.

 

Taylor remains a person-of-interest in the 2010 disappearance of another teen, 19-year-old Samantha Ann Clarke, who went out one night and never returned.

 

He pleaded not guilty last week in Murphy's disappearance.

 

Murphy's body has never been found.

 

The jury recommended Taylor be sentenced to life in prison.


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