Central Virginia's unsolved homicides
Posted: Saturday, August 27, 2011 10:27 PM EST
By Carrie J. Sidener


Travis Murphy, Nov. 10, 2002

The door to room 233 of the Travelodge on Main Street in Lynchburg had been left open on Nov. 10, 2002.

A hotel guest walking past the room around 1:30 a.m. noticed a man’s leg sticking out of the bathroom. Travis Jerome Murphy, 22, of Rocky Mount, N.C., had been shot to death.

Murphy had been working for a construction firm in Madison Heights until he was arrested by Amherst County deputies for receiving stolen property. He had been released from jail the day before.

He was last seen walking down U.S. 29 toward Lynchburg, at the Kemper Street bus station, at a Park Avenue barber, and at River Ridge mall. After he took a cab to the Travelodge, the trail goes cold.

The motive for the murder remains unclear.

To date, there has not been enough evidence developed to connect anyone to Murphy’s homicide