Major Case Squad still collecting evidence in murder of SIUE student

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HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Even though the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Michael Gordon, is in custody and has been since Tuesday, the St. Louis Major Case Squad is still at the Hazelwood Police Department, running down leads and building its case.

On Thursday, they found Gordon’s car in St. Louis.

Gordon, who lives in the 6600 block of Minnesota in south city, has never before been charged as an adult with a serious crime in either the city or county.

Court documents reveal the victim, 19-year-old Taylor Clark, had been shot once in the head. The statement also quotes a witness who was at the MTC truck driver training school, where the suspect worked as a recruiter.

Clark had driven to the trucking company to show the suspect a car he was trying to sell through Craigslist.

The witness reported seeing the suspect get into the passenger seat of Clark’s car and ride with him toward a nearby abandoned railroad spur. A few minutes later, the witness saw the suspect driving Clark’s car without him inside.

Clark’s body was later found by that railroad spur, covered with dirt and leaves.

Meanwhile, Gordon is expected to be arraigned in Clayton on Friday morning. He’s been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action and is being held on $1 million bond.

“We are doing everything we can. In other words, I want to make sure we turn over every rock and look into every aspect of this that we can,” said Capt. Tim Fagan, deputy commander of the Major Case Squad. “When we leave we want to make sure that we have all the information that is available and that we have a very solid case.”