RICHMOND—Nelson County teen Alexis Tiara Murphy’s disappearance on Aug. 3, 2013 spawned a multi-agency law enforcement effort to investigate the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
Through community support and the media’s engagement, law enforcement have received several hundred calls with potential leads, which investigators diligently continue to work through. As a result of the state-wide and national media coverage, some of these calls have been from outside the Commonwealth of Virginia and are being prioritized and addressed as investigators deem appropriate.
During this investigation, the Murphy family and investigators requested the public’s assistance in locating Murphy’s phone. Law enforcement has since confirmed that several phones were recovered during the course of this investigation. However, until analysis of items sent to the FBI Laboratory was completed it was not clear if any of the phones were hers.
The commonwealth attorney’s office of Nelson County and the investigative partners in the Murphy investigation are announcing that one of the phones located has since been positively identified as Murphy’s.
Since this is an ongoing, sensitive investigation, where evidentiary items and search information is sealed, no further discussion will be entertained. This sole release of information is only being made to advise the public that authorities no longer need assistance looking for that one item.
In order to protect the integrity of the investigation and ensure that Randy Allen Taylor gets a fair trial in Nelson County, police say no further information will be released about the investigation.
The case continues to be investigated by the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Nelson County Commonwealth Attorney Anthony Martin is prosecuting the case.