Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 15, 2013

Va. prosecutor hopes arrest leads to break in case


Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A prosecutor says she hopes an arrest in the suspected abduction of a Nelson County teenager will provide useful information in the investigation of another teen’s disappearance.

Randy Allen Taylor is charged in the Aug. 3 disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy. The search for Murphy continues.

Orange County Commonwealth’s Attorney Diana Wheeler said Thursday that Randy Allen Taylor has always been a “person of interest” in the 2010 disappearance of 19-year-old Samantha Clarke. She said when she heard Taylor was charged in the Murphy case, her initial reaction was “I knew it.” Wheeler says she hopes the latest development provides a break in the Clarke case.

Meanwhile, Taylor’s court-appointed attorney, Michael Hallahan, tells media outlets that authorities arrested the wrong man.