Four months later, the search for Alexis Murphy continues

Posted on: 11:51 pm, November 30, 2013, by and , updated on: 12:59am, December 2, 2013

NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) — A local family struggled to get through Thanksgiving dinner this week without their loved one.

Alexis Murphy, 17, went missing in early August.

Four months later, searches are continuing in order to try to find any clues that may lead to Alexis. On Sunday a group of local volunteers teamed up with Murphy’s family to search the Route 29 corridor.

Murphy’s family is trying to celebrate the holidays, but say they are having a hard time without her around.

“Her little brother, who’s six years old, in his letter to Santa, the thing he asked for the most was he wanted his sister home for Christmas,” Angela Taylor, Murphy’s aunt said.

As many as 500 people have contributed to the search efforts for Alexis. ‘Show-Poe,’ the group that’s organizing the search, says they may try again in another area at a later date.

Search parties are looking for two particular clues: Murphy’s two-toned, grey purse with a long strap and a phone cover that was missing from her cell phone when it was found.

As of now, 48-year-old Randy Taylor has been charged with her disappearance. Taylor remains in jail and denies the charge.

The group visited Taylor’s property to search the area, but were turned away when the property owner asked them to leave. Although Murphy’s family insisted they had permission to be there, the owner said she was never informed.

The search party says continuing the search is crucial though. They were later allowed to return an hour later after the dispute was settled.

5 comments

  • scars says:

    My heart goes out to this family. It is every parent’s worst nightmare to have a child missing. I hope that they are able to find her and bring her home. And I hope that if someone knows something, they think about this family and come forward and do the right thing.

  • Belsma says:

    Wishing I was home and not halfway across the country so I could help. Thoughts and well wishes with the searchers and family.

  • I pray this little girl is found, alive!!

  • Wendy says:

    The group that organized the search was SHOPO out of Lynchburg,VA

  • Henry says:

    I lived and worked in that area many years ago. I also have daughters. I pray that this young lady is found.

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