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    Possible Victims

    I wanted to start a thread where we could discuss other possible victims of Randy Allen Taylor.

    Alexis Murphy and Samantha Clarke already have threads in this forum.

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    Carmelita Shomo
    2/23/1996
    Manasses, VA
    escaped/survived Asian headed south on Route 234 in Manasses; Man flash lights and got her to pull over. Told her something wrong with car and he would give her a lift. Pulled over several times, then attacked. She escaped.

    Anne Carolyn McDaniel
    9/20/1996
    Orange, Va found deceased
    body was found a few miles from Reynolds’ remains near the community of Lignum.

    Linda Lunsford
    12/26/1996 38
    Midlothian, VA Missing
    disappeared after having coffee with a co-worker at the McDonald's in the Village Marketplace shopping center off Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield. Family members found her 1994 burgundy Nissan Sentra in front of the Food Lion store in the Village Marketplace, just north of McDonald's. Police examined the car, which was locked when they found it, but found nothing suspicious. "

    Joan Renee Cook
    1/24/2010 45
    Salem, VA Missing
    Left on foot on Sunday Jan 24, 2010 a little after 11pm. Had a text message at 5am on Monday Jan 25, 2010 and that was the last contact with anyone. Estranged husband who has disappeared, BF and a friend. Very little publicity.
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ee+Cook&page=9

    Lauren Susann Smith
    11/21/2011 22
    Madison County Missing
    VA VA - Lauren Susann Smith, 22, Madison County, 21 Nov 2011 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community



    Other cases I am interested in looking at:

    Sarah Lee Murray
    Hattie Gertrude Brown
    Dashad "Sage" Smith
    Heather Hodges
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    Margaret Stamper-White
    Rachel Nicole Good
    Eleanor Elizabeth Salotto
    Julie Williams
    Lollie Winans
    Jean Braxton Rose
    Kelly Catalano
    Jill Edmonds
    Letisha Faust
    Brenda Eades
    Cassandra Morton
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    I don't know if these cases are related to RAT by anything other than proximity to Rt29.
    However, it is really weird that there was this cluster of "suicide" by drowning. Drowning by suicide is really rare. There is a lot of discussion about that in their WS thread.

    Brenda Eades, 57
    12/26/2009 Pittsylvania County, VA
    Deceased – ruled suicide
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...t=Brenda+Eades
    Last seen in Pittsylvania County driving near a marina/Leesville Lake. Car was recovered on December 17th near Leesville Lake, all belongings present. No sign of a struggle. Married, no children, suffered from chronic pain. Was a paralegal. -Body recovered on December 28th"
    This sounded like it really was suicide based on what friends and family said

    Kelly Catalano 40
    1/15/2010 Chester,VA
    Deceased – ruled suicide http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...Kelly+Catalano
    Last seen near Chesterfield outside her place of work running toward a river. Single (lesbian), no children. Welder. She felt her keys had been copied and someone had been in her home in her absence; there was no theft, but items had been moved around. Also, her mailbox was vandalized with obscenities; and family and friends claim she was being stalked. It is widely believed that Kelly's ex- is responsible for her disappearance.
    LE concluded from reading in her journal, and from conversations with friends about death, that she committed suicide. Her body was found, downstream from where she went missing in a place with a swiftly flowing upward current"

    Jill Edmonds 40
    1/25/2010 Richmond, VA
    Deceased – ruled suicide
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...t=jill+edmonds Blk
    Car recovered January 25th, on a bridge over the James River. Single/divorced, no children. Bank teller. No substantial reason to suspect suicide other than the circumstances surrounding her disappearance. Remains found in the James River in Charles City County. Jill Edmond's relatives posted that she was found "scalped, with no hair," and "her bra was pulled down below her belly button."

    Eleanor Elizabeth Salotto 47
    2/11/2010 Lynchburg, VA Deceased - suicide
    Found Deceased VA - Eleanor Elizabeth Salotto, 47, Lynchburg, 11 Feb 2010 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
    Salotto, associate professor of English and chair of the English department, has worked at Sweet Briar for 12 years, said Jonathan Green, dean of the college. The college is about 10 miles or so north of Lynchburg off Route 29. Her remains were found in the Joshua Falls area of the James River, about seven miles from downtown Lynchburg.

    Shirley L. Clark 48
    7/18/2010 Chesterfield, VA
    Deceased - Accidental Drowning
    was found face down in the water in Arrington near Cedar Creek Road. “Shirley L. Clark 48 of Chesterfield was found face down in the water by her husband. Ms. Clark, a part time resident of Wintergreen, had gone canoeing or kayaking earlier in the day and when she didn’t return to designated pickup point her husband became suspicious. Ms. Clark was eventually located by her husband face down in the water
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    http://www.nelsoncountylife.com/2010...inues-7-18-10/

    Here is another James River drowning case. If you read the comments after this story, a man says he's friends with the family and that the husband left for a bit and returned to find his wife dead. They ruled it an accidental drowning. It was about 6-7 southeast of Lovingston!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CluelessWonder View Post
    http://www.nelsoncountylife.com/2010...inues-7-18-10/

    Here is another James River drowning case. If you read the comments after this story, a man says he's friends with the family and that the husband left for a bit and returned to find his wife dead. They ruled it an accidental drowning. It was about 6-7 southeast of Lovingston!
    Thanks I edited to add her. It sure sounds like an accident, but who knows? It is all purely speculation at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bsublime View Post
    Thanks I edited to add her. It sure sounds like an accident, but who knows? It is all purely speculation at this point.
    Yes. It sounds like an accident. But who the heck knows.

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    Bsublime,
    Definitely with you on Hattie Brown. Sheetz gas station, last seen in car? However, she went missing in Halifax County which seems like it is the middle of nowhere, but only a 45 minute ride from Lynchburg.
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/brown_hattie.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bsublime View Post
    Eleanor Elizabeth Salotto 47
    2/11/2010 Lynchburg, VA Deceased - suicide
    Found Deceased VA - Eleanor Elizabeth Salotto, 47, Lynchburg, 11 Feb 2010 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
    Salotto, associate professor of English and chair of the English department, has worked at Sweet Briar for 12 years, said Jonathan Green, dean of the college. The college is about 10 miles or so north of Lynchburg off Route 29. Her remains were found in the Joshua Falls area of the James River, about seven miles from downtown Lynchburg.
    Her body was found in a tree, five feet above the water line...and they said no foul play. IDK how a person gets a body in a tree, but I don't get how someone dies in a tree.

    http://articles.wdbj7.com/2010-03-22/body_24089322

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris24 View Post
    Her body was found in a tree, five feet above the water line...and they said no foul play. IDK how a person gets a body in a tree, but I don't get how someone dies in a tree.

    http://articles.wdbj7.com/2010-03-22/body_24089322
    That cluster has hunky written all over it. I don't know if they relate to any other cases, they are more centered around the James river going out to Richmond. But really suspicious.

    I didn't add the males, but I think there were some male drownings at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris24 View Post
    Her body was found in a tree, five feet above the water line...and they said no foul play. IDK how a person gets a body in a tree, but I don't get how someone dies in a tree.

    http://articles.wdbj7.com/2010-03-22/body_24089322
    This one has always bothered me. There was virtually no information released in local papers. If I remember correctly, LE stated that no suicide note was found. It plays suspicious and I really wish I could find more information on the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris24 View Post
    Her body was found in a tree, five feet above the water line...and they said no foul play. IDK how a person gets a body in a tree, but I don't get how someone dies in a tree.

    http://articles.wdbj7.com/2010-03-22/body_24089322
    If the water level was up, she could have been lodged in a tree as she was floating in the river, then the water level lowers, and she stays in the tree. Very weird, though, for sure.

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    What about the mysterious murder of Vanessa Pham?

    Eta: oh wait just found this:

    http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/stor...storyid=270250
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    http://www.vsp.state.va.us/MissingPersons.shtm

    Ahshalete Janea Susan Hooks

    Age:*21
    Sex: Female
    Race:*Black
    Hair:*Brown
    Eyes: Brown
    Height:*5'4"
    Weight:*165 lbs
    Missing From:*Chesapeake, Virginia
    Missing Since: 05/22/2013
    Details: Ahshalete has a slight memory loss and may have met up with an unknown male subject.
    Contact: *Virginia State Police 757-424-6800
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    http://www.vsp.state.va.us/MissingPersons.shtm


    Linda Lunsford

    Race: White
    Sex:*Female
    Height:*5'1"
    Weight: 110 lbs.
    Age at time of disappearance: 38
    Missing since: 12/26/1996
    Hair: Light Brown or Blond
    Details: Linda was last seen in the area of the Village Marketplace Shopping Center on Midlothian Turnpike. Her burgundy Nissan Sentra was found by family members in the Food Lion parking lot in Midlothian. At the time of her disappearance Ms. Lunsford was employed by Wal-Mart on Midlothian.
    Contact: Chesterfield County Police 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers 804-748-0660
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    Sarah Lee Murray

    Missing:* Feb 18, 1997
    Age Now:* 27
    Sex:* Female
    Race:* White
    Hair:* Sandy
    Eyes:* Hazel
    Height:* 5'7" (170 cm)
    Weight:* 139 lbs (63 kg)
    Missing From:*KENBRIDGE, VA
    Details: Sarah's photo (right) is shown age-progressed to 23 years. She may be in the company of an adult male. She has an extra tooth growing from the roof of her mouth. She may use the nickname Susana.
    Contact:*Virginia State Police 804-352-7128

    http://www.vsp.state.va.us/MissingPersons.shtm

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    Virginia Welch

    Age: 47
    Sex: Female
    Race:*White
    Hair: Brown
    Eyes: Blue
    Height: 5' 7"
    Weight: 135 pounds
    Missing From: Roanoke, VA
    Missing Since:*07/12/1982
    Details: Ms. Welch went missing shortly after she had relocated to the area. *She had previously been enlisted in the United States Army, but was medically discharged several years before her disappearance. *At the time of her disappearance, Virginia had a tattoo of a red rose on her right forearm and a tattoo of a hummingbird on her left breast. She had naturally curly, dark hair. *The pictures shown depict Virginia around the time of her disappearance, as well as an age progressed image to show what she might look like today. Contact: Detective L.P. Manning, Major Crimes Unit, Roanoke City Police Department 540-853-5305 540-853-5959

    http://www.vsp.state.va.us/MissingPersons.shtm

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