The search for missing Orange teenager Samantha Clarke has led investigators into Greene County.
Earlier this week, town of Orange Police Department representatives searched Greene Acres Lake near Stanardsville as part of its search for Clarke, Orange Police Chief Jim Fenwick said Wednesday.
Fenwick did not wish to comment about whether anything was found during the recent search of the lake.
Clarke, 19, willingly left her home in Orange during the early morning hours of Sept. 14 and never returned, Fenwick said.
“Whatever she was doing, whether it was good or bad, she would have contacted a family member by now, and that in itself is certainly suspicious,” the chief said.
Fenwick said investigators do not believe any foul play in relation to this case occurred in the town of Orange, but that he cannot release whether they believe foul play may have occurred in other areas.
The search was assisted by law enforcement from Greene and Orange counties and the Virginia State Police.
Although investigators are no longer physically at Greene Acres Lake, Fenwick said their search is ongoing and has not been completed.
“We’re going wherever the investigation takes us,” he said.
Fenwick also would not comment about what led investigators to the lake, but said that in the days leading up to Clarke’s disappearance she had been out in the Ruckersville area with friends and family.
“We’ve had to be very tight-lipped about the investigation,” he said. “We have a lot of information we can’t release because it could harm the investigation.”
Fenwick said that investigators are hopeful they will find Clarke alive and OK but that as the time passes, “it certainly dampens the prospects.”
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Orange Police Department at (540) 672-1491.