12 Investigates dug up records to look into Randy Allen Taylor's past.
According to published reports, Taylor was questioned several years ago in the disappearance of an Orange County teenager. He was never charged with her disappearance, but he was charged with several other crimes.
19-year-old Samantha Clarke was last seen in September of 2010. She left her apartment in the town of Orange and never returned home. She has never been found.
Taylor and his attorney even sat down for an interview with the weekly Charlottesville newspaper called The Hook. He told a reporter the police harassed him, planted evidence and illegally tracked him with a GPS attached to his truck.
We found charges against Taylor in the court record - in Greene County, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, DUI and driving on a suspended license.
All of the charges were eventually dropped after a judge found some of the evidence was not properly obtained.
He was also accused of marijuana possession in Orange County - that charge was eventually dismissed.
In this article, Taylor admitted to The Hook he called Samantha Clarke several times before she disappeared.
He says it was to warn her about some other people.
Taylor told the paper, "this case needs to be solved, but the way they're going about it is ridiculous."
I spoke with the Orange County commonwealth's attorney today. She would not discuss the investigation into Samantha Clarke's disappearance or any ties this case may have to Randy Allen Taylor.
She did say the investigation into Samantha's case is very active and on the front burner for her office.
We are approaching the three-year anniversary of Samantha Clarke's disappearance in the town of Orange, Virginia. If anyone has any information on that case, call Orange County Crime Solvers at (540) 672-7200.
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