A Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) student found dead in Hazelwood, Missouri, could have been attempting to sell his sports car when he was killed.
Police announced Wednesday morning that the body of 19-year-old Taylor Clark had been found close to his red 2007 Nissan 350ZX in a parking lot. He was shot to death.
Clark, a second-year engineering major, had recently posted a Craigslist ad for his vehicle.
Capt. Tim Fagan of Florissant Police Department stated that nobody was currently in custody, but the police were trying to talk to as many people as possible. He described the killing as a homicide.
One local newspaper reported that Clark's body was found in a shallow grave. Another report suggested he might have been set up.
"Our hearts and minds are with Taylor Clark’s family and friends as they cope with this tragic loss,” SIUE chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe said Wednesday. “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.”
Clark was last seen alive Monday morning, when he met with his girlfriend at around 10:30 a.m., according to police. His cellphone records confirmed that he was in the Hazelwood area at around 11:30 a.m., but authorities refused to comment on whether he was there to meet someone regarding his car.
According to WQAD, Clark had just completed his exams for the current semester, turning in his textbooks on Monday.
"I honestly thought they had the wrong person, because this doesn't sound like my friend," Clark's friend Justin Preuss told KMOV. "My best friend since grade school has disappeared."