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Randy Taylor and Alexis MurphyOrderNELSON COUNTY, Va. — Officials in Nelson County announced Tuesday they will resume the search for missing teen Alexis Murphy.

Murphy was 17-years-old when she went missing from her Nelson County home on August 3, 2013. She left her home and headed to Lynchburg to do some shopping. Murphy was traveling in a white 2003 Nissan Maxima GLE SE with Virginia license plates WYN-3706.

She was last seen alive on surveillance camera at a Liberty gas station in Lovingston. More than 72 hours later after the FBI and law enforcement agencies began their search to find Murphy, the white Nissan Maxima, with the correct license plates, was found in the parking lot of the old Carmike Theatre in Charlottesville.

Randy Taylor was convicted of her murder in May 2014, and later sentenced to two-life terms. Her body has never been found. Taylor asked for a reduced sentence of 20 years, if he helped investigators locate Murphy.

The announcement that the search for Murphy would continue comes just three days after human remains were found off of Old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County, that could be those of missing UVa. student Hannah Graham. A positive identification of those remains is expected Tuesday or Wednesday.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: The Search for Alexis Murphy

COMPLETE COVERAGE: The Search for Alexis Murphy

In early October the Nelson County commonwealth’s attorney says additional “scientific testing” would take place following a request from the lawyer of Randy Taylor, the man found guilty of murdering Alexis Murphy.

Nelson County Sheriff Brooks clarified with CBS 6 reporter Laura French that the search for Murphy will take place in Orange County in areas Taylor frequented. This is an area that they started searching months ago but it was challenging due to heavy brush  therefore, it had already been planned to resume in the fall when the brush died down.

Brooks says this has nothing to do with the Graham investigation and again "was already planned."

Detective Billy Mays of the Nelson County Sheriff's Office released this statement following the announcement, according to WCAV:

"Our goal has always been to bring Alexis home, and to bring closure to the family."

Anyone with information about Murphy's disappearance is asked to call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office at (434) 263-7050. All reports filed on Alexis Murphy and Randy Taylor can be found here. 

Anyone with information about Jesse Matthew, Hannah Graham or Morgan Harrington is asked to call the tipline at 434-295-3851. All Hannah Graham surveillance videos can be seen here. All reports filed on this case can be found here.

6 comments

  • kitty

    Wow…now y’all want to start a new search, why?..The search should’ve never stopped…wonder why…search longer first the underage…out past curfew..drunk..poor little w girl…. who friends left her to the wolves.. we live in aa awesome country… bet her parents had to pull teeth to get them to search for their baby…

    • Belsma

      “Nelson County Sheriff Brooks clarified with CBS 6 reporter Laura French that the search for Murphy will take place in Orange County in areas Taylor frequented. This is an area that they started searching months ago but it was challenging due to heavy brush therefore, it had already been planned to resume in the fall when the brush died down.”
      Her parents did not have to pull teeth and Gil Harrington stepped up to the plate to Help Save the Next Girl. Also, Alexis’ family declined the plea deal for Taylor to get 20 years removed from his sentence to give info where Alexis could be located, even though he said prior he had nothing to do with it. Taylor and Matthew are both POS, and should be rotting like they left their victims. JMHO.

    • Me

      I guess you cant read the entire article…….This search was planned a long time ago….but hey, looks like you know everything. You are a very ignorant person to state what you have stated. If you do not like this Country, there are plenty more. See ya.

  • Blackbeered

    Kitty, I believe you’re right.

    I do hope, however, that when they do find her remains they’ll find something that will allow them to catch the real killer. And, when that happens, not only should Randy Taylor win a $50 million settlement, but the people who sat on the jury … lazy, stupid people … should each have to spend the same time in jail as Taylor has.

    • Belsma

      So, if Taylor did not kill Alexis even though he wanted to barter his sentence time to tell where her body is, who did? Who killed Alexis, Samantha and the countless others?

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