Remains of Alexis Murphy were located Dec 3, in Lovingston, Virginia, nealy eight years after she was delared missing
The 17-year-old’s remains were found 6 miles from the Virginia gas station where she was last seen on Feb 5, 2013 – She was reported missing on August 3
The remains were located on a private property along US 29 in Lovingston, near Stagebridge Road in Nelson County
Randy Allen Taylor, 55, is serving two life terms after he was convicted in 2014 of first-degree murder in the commission of an abduction in Murphy’s disappearance
Police have not revealed what led them to Murphy’s remains
The remains of a missing teenager have been found more than seven years after her disappearance in 2013 when she was last seen at a gas station in Virginia.
The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office said on social media that the remains of Alexis Murphy were located on December 3 on private property along US 29 in Lovingston near Stagebridge Road.
The sheriff’s office said they received positive identification of the remains as those of Murphy on February 5, but did not state what led police to the teen’s remains. Release of information to the public was delayed out of respect for Murphy’s family, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.
The family has asked for privacy at this time, but they did release a statement to the sheriff’s office: ‘Our family is so grateful for the continuing love, support and prayers for Alexis and our family over the past 7 years. While we have been grieving the loss of Alexis since 2013, we remained hopeful that she would be found alive and well’.
‘Alexis was the fashionista, athlete and joker of our family; we were blessed to have loved her for 17 years and her memory will continue to live on through us all.
‘Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude to the citizens of Nelson County, the FBI, the Virginia State Police, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office and all of the search and rescue teams for your commitment and unwavering support to find Alexis. You all kept the promise made in 2013, to bring Alexis home!’
‘During this time, we ask that you continue to lift our family up in prayer and in the words of Alexis, “Keep Hope Alive”,’ the family wrote.
Murphy, was on her way to get her hair done for a school picture when she was abducted. The 17-year-old was last seen at the Liberty gas station in Lovingston and reported missing on August 3, 2013.
Local, state and federal law enforcement pursued multiple leads and conducted numerous searches, at the time, in an effort to locate Murphy.
The searches continued periodically since her disappearance in 2013, with law enforcement expanding the search area each time.
The killer was was convicted and jailed a year later. Randy Allen Taylor, 55, was tried after surveillance video from the gas station showed his vehicle following Taylor’s truck.
Investigators later found strands of Murphy’s hair, her mobile phone, an earring and a human fingernail in his mobile home. Murphy’s car was found several days after her disappearance in a parking lot of a movie theater in Albemarle County.
The gas station is nearly 6 miles from where her remains were found.
Taylor was convicted in 2014 of first-degree murder in commission of an abduction and abduction with intent to defile in Murphy’s abduction and sentenced to two life terms. He maintained his innocence but did not testify at trial.