Police said Clarke suffered multiple blunt force trauma, and his death was ruled a homicide. At the time of his death, a person of interest was reportedly identified.
However, according to police, the murder weapon was recovered, and the "processing of the object did not reveal any leads," so no arrests were made. The case went cold in 2004.
Nearly 15 years after the victim’s death, detectives reportedly reopened the case, and witnesses were reinterviewed. In 2018, the case was brought to a jury by the Pasco County State Attorney’s Office.
On Nov. 14, police said Randy Petersilge was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.