Body of missing SIUE student reportedly found; Major Case Squad activated

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Update: Police: Missing SIUE student Taylor Clark found shot to death

HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) – The case of a missing SIU-Edwardsville student shifted Tuesday from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department to the Major Case Squad.  Taylor Clark, 19, went missing after posting an ad on Craigslist to sell his car.

The car, a 2007 Nissan 350ZX, was recovered Tuesday evening in the parking lot of a truck driving school in the 12000 block of Missouri Bottom Road in Hazelwood.  Clark was last seen Monday morning in Glen Carbon.  His family is from St. Jacob, IL.

Investigators would not immediately comment on reports that Clark’s body has been found in an area near where his car was recovered.  The Major Case Squad expects to release more information Wednesday morning.

Investigators said Clark made contact with at least one person through the Craigslist ad.  The Madison County Sheriff said it’s possible that person set up Clark.  His most recent cell phone activity was detected in an area near where his car was found.

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HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) – Early  Tuesday evening police found the car of missing SIUE student Taylor Clark on a parking lot in the 12000 block of Missouri Bottom Road.  Investigators were also seen entering and leaving a wooded area behind the parking lost.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the disappearance of a 19-year-old college student that may have involved Craiglist.

Taylor Clark was trying to sell a car and may have been meeting with someone he met on Craig’s List, according to Sheriff John Lakin.

Clark is a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He was last seen by his girlfriend Monday morning around 10:30 in Glen Carbon.

The St. Jacob Illinois man was wearing a red Cardinals shirt, white shorts and Nike shoes.

Clark finished taking final exams at SIUE early Monday morning and paid his tuition for next semester in full.

The car he was driving is a red 2007 Nissan 350 Z. It has Illinois plates reading P845960.

Cell phone records show that Clark was near Mills Outlet mall around 11:30 Monday morning.

A forensic computer unit is looking into the records and Clark’s activity on Craiglist. His family says the disappearance doesn’t make any sense. If you see Clark call the Madison County Sheriff’s Department 618-692-4433.

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