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Update on Alexis Murphy investigation: Cell phone found

Alexis Murphy

Alexis Murphy

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.

21 Responses to Update on Alexis Murphy investigation: Cell phone found

  1. KENYA

    September 12, 2013 at 8:52 am

    i think they need to work harder on finding Alexis, i feel like they are not doing enough. Also they are not giving us enough answers , i just want her home and home safely.

  2. Chris

    September 12, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Im from Houston Tx. An been following this case from day one. I hope she comes home safe.

  3. sabrina

    September 12, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    i don’t understand whats going on with the case this beautiful girl has been missing for over a month and still i haven’t heard any new info yet time is of the essence here they really need to get on the ball and fill in the missing pieces in this case

  4. Anonymous

    September 12, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I agree!what kind of people are they? Its like they waiting on something bad to happen!

  5. gms

    September 13, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Well they are keeping alot from us to ensure hes convicted. If they found the phones in his possession releasing that would jeopardize the case.

  6. Christie

    September 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I feel that all of missing persons from Nelson County are alive and they are being held captive in someone house they need to start going door to door or camping out in neighborhoods between Where the car was found and where they were last seen these kids could be right up under your nose I think they are looking too far out into it rather than the actual homes

  7. Patricia Thompson

    September 13, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I pray they find this baby because we just went through this with my stepdaughter gabbie missing for a year.

  8. Christie

    September 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    People in the neighborhoods need to help authorities by suspicious activity and spots without activity for long periods of time or too much activity Ohio man got away with it for 10 years

  9. Floyd

    September 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    They need to find her this case is making me very anxious.

  10. kathryn.byrdcolbert@facebook.com

    September 13, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    My daughter and Alexis were cheerleaders together. She is a sweet girl from a loving family. I cannot begin to imagine the pain her parents are in. I hope the authorities are telling her family more than they are telling the public. I pray she is found soon, safe and sound.