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Taylor Clark’s family thanks police; suspect’s car found

Taylor Clark, 19, of St. Jacob, was an engineering major at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Taylor Clark, 19, of St. Jacob, was an engineering major at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Provided

Police say they have located the car of a man suspected of murdering Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student Taylor Clark.

But they have not yet been able to locate the gun used to kill Clark while he showed his 2007 Nissan 350 ZX to a potential customer around noon Monday in north St. Louis County.

Meantime, Clark’s father, Robert Clark, thanked police for their work in the case and announced funeral arrangements for their son.

“I want to say thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about my son’s disappearance,” Robert Clark said. “I’m having trouble finding the words to express my thanks.”

He added, “Please continue to pray for us as we now turn to try to say goodbye to our Taylor Clark. I’m not sure how a parent is supposed to do this, but with God’s help, we will get through this. Thank you all again.”

Police have not said what they hope to find in suspect Michael Gordon’s BMW, which was located Thursday in St. Louis.

According to investigators, Gordon used to drive a 350ZX similar to the one Clark was selling, but it was recently repossessed.

Police allege Gordon asked the victim to bring the car to the MTC truck driver school in Hazelwood for a test drive. Gordon worked at the school.

Investigators say Gordon got into the car with Clark and they drove to a secluded area near abandoned railroad tracks. A short time later, a witness told police Gordon returned to work alone, in Clark’s car.

Gordon was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with Clark’s death.

Clark’s body was found Tuesday about 400 yards from the truck-driving school, covered with dirt and leaves. He had been shot once in the head.

Officers said they were able to connect Gordon to Clark by emails they traded about Clark’s ad for the car on an Internet trading site, Craigslist.

Clark’s funeral visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Richeson Funeral Home in Troy and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Troy.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church with Father Pat Jakel officiating. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Black Jack.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or 618-239-2626. Follow him on Twitter: @scottwuerzBND.

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