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Suspect in Murphy Case Has Touched At Least One Other Missing Teen Case

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

August 12, 2013

Samantha Clarke has been missing since September 13, 2010. Her mother says the suspect in Alexis Murphy's case, Randy Taylor, was the same man who called her daughter six times in the hours before she disappeared.

Barbara Tinder, Samantha's mother, has only anger and bad thoughts about Randy Taylor.

He's the man she thinks last saw her daughter on that September night at his home in the Ehearts Court trailer park in Orange County. Police heavily questioned Taylor back in 2010 about Samantha because he called her several times the night she never came back to her family's Lindsay Drive home.

Taylor was never charged with any connection to Samantha's case but was charged with other crimes.

When investigators identified the suspect in the Alexis Murphy case as Randy Allen Taylor she shook her head in awe.

Taylor was arrested Sunday evening at his home off of Route 29 across from Cannery Loop. He is charged with abduction by force and that has caught the attention of the Orange County Police Department because the lead investigator of Samantha Clarke's case was in Nelson County on Monday.

"You always want to look at those connections because you never know where your investigation will take you so law enforcement agencies do try to keep eachother in contact about developments like this so everyone can sort of look at their own case again," said Diana Wheeler, the Commonwealth's Attorney in Orange County.

Wheeler said Randy Taylor's arrest in Alexis Murphy's case can only be helpful because he's touched Samantha's case, too.

"It's one more piece of information that may lead us to someone else that will help us make a case."

Wheeler said the investigation is ongoing and the case has never been put on the back-burner, it has always been active.

Tinder hopes the best for Alexis' case and hopes that if Taylor did take Alexis, somehow it will lead to Samantha, wherever she is.


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