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Missing SIUE student a homicide victim; police probe Craigslist connection

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Police said Taylor S. Clark, 19, of St. Jacob, was last seen by his girlfriend around 10:30 a.m. Monday in Glen Carbon, Illinois.  Police said Clark is a student at SIU-Edwardsville and had just taken final exams. Police said Taylor S. Clark, 19, of St. Jacob, was last seen by his girlfriend around 10:30 a.m. Monday in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Police said Clark is a student at SIU-Edwardsville and had just taken final exams.
Clark's vehicle, a red 2007 Nissan 350 ZX, bearing Illinois Registration P845960, is also missing. Clark's vehicle, a red 2007 Nissan 350 ZX, bearing Illinois Registration P845960, is also missing.
Photograph of Taylor Clark taken at approximately 10:08 a.m. on the date of his disappearance.  This image was captured at SIUE and accurately reflects what he was last known to be wearing, police say. Photograph of Taylor Clark taken at approximately 10:08 a.m. on the date of his disappearance. This image was captured at SIUE and accurately reflects what he was last known to be wearing, police say.

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The body of a missing Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville (SIUE) student was found Tuesday night in Hazelwood.

The body of Taylor S. Clark, 19, of St. Jacob, was found in the parking lot of the MTC Truck Training Center in the 12000 block of Missouri Bottom Road, according to the Commander of the Major Case Squad, Tim Fagan. Clark's body was found roughly 400 yards away from where his red 2007 Nissan 350 Z was parked.

"We're looking into the possibility that [Clark] may have had someone with him," Fagan said.

Fagan said Clark's death is being investigated as a homicide. He would not release any information about the cause of death.

No suspects are currently in police custody, Fagan said at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.

"I can only tell you we have investigators talking to many, many people," said Fagan.

Clark was last seen by his girlfriend in Glen Carbon at 10:30 Monday Morning.

“He met briefly with his girlfriend in the Glen Carbon area, mentioning nothing about any kind of problems he was having with anybody or any suspicious information that he could have provided to her,” said Sheriff John Lankin after his disappearance.

Clark's family told investigators that Clark posted his vehicle for sale on Craigslist. The family told investigators that Clark spoke with at least one subject Monday morning and early afternoon about the posting. It is unknown if Clark met with anyone as it relates to the Craigslist posting, police said in a news release.

"Certainly the Craigslist ad was an item of concern," Fagan said. "People should always be concerned about anything they do, especially if it's online."

Cellular phone records placed Clark's phone in the area of The Mills Outlet Mall, Hazelwood Missouri, at approximately 11:37 a.m. on Monday.

"It's a tragedy, everyone deserves a resolution, and that's what our goal is," said Fagan.

Anyone with information about Clark's death is asked to contact the Hazelwood Police Department at (314) 838-5000.

"I want to stress to the public...anything you see, reach out and contact us, even if you don't think it's important," Fagan said. "It may be important to us."

SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe released the following statement regarding Clark's death:

“Our hearts and minds are with Taylor Clark's family and friends as they cope with this tragic loss. At a time of the year when the new spring season brings the promise of brighter days ahead, and commencement provides unending potential for so many of our students, it is truly sad that Taylor had his bright future taken away. He will be missed by all of those who he encountered on our campus.”

Tune in to News 4 at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. for more on this developing news.

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