Alexis Murphy Search Discussion / Remains located December 2020

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  1. Emi

    Emi CSKA Sofia fan!!! Huge Golden State Warriors fan!

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    Shouldn't this thread now be moved to located forum since she has been found and he has been convicted
     
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  2. imstilla.grandma

    imstilla.grandma Believer of Miracles

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    Randy Allen Taylor, 55, found guilty of murder and abduction in connection to Murphy’s disappearance, is serving two life sentences, according to the News & Advance.

    At the time of Murphy’s disappearance, she was a rising senior at Nelson County High School, according to the report.

    She was set to be the captain of the school’s volleyball team during her senior season.

    Her parents accepted an honorary diploma for her in June 2014.
    https://nypost.com/2021/02/19/remains-of-missing-virginia-teen-discovered-after-7-years/


    "We were finally able to bring Alexis home," Nelson County Sheriff David Hill said Wednesday. "It just means the world to us."

    On Wednesday, new balloons adorned the "missing" sign that sits outside the Lovingston gas station where she was last seen.

    "With careful consideration for Alexis' family being paramount, notification to the community was delayed to allow them time to grieve and make proper arrangements," the sheriff's office said online Wednesday.

    Reached by phone Wednesday, Trina Murphy, Alexis Murphy's aunt, said the family is not giving interviews at this time but may talk at a later date.

    Alexis 'will never be forgotten'

    Alexis was a rising senior at Nelson County High School at the time of her disappearance. She played volleyball at the school and was set to be the team's captain during her senior season.

    In the days following her disappearance, Alexis' family and the Nelson County community searched for her, distributed flyers with her picture and spread word of her disappearance online. Less than a week after her disappearance, the community held a vigil and prayed she would come home safely.

    In the years since her disappearance, hundreds of her classmates, teammates and community members have continued to gather on the anniversary of her disappearance and the community has continued to place flowers, signs and balloons at the gas station where she vanished.

    In June 2014, Alexis' parents accepted an honorary high school diploma for her. A few months later, the school dedicated a garden on campus to Alexis.

    At the garden's dedication ceremony in October of that year, families of other missing children gathered and shared photos of their loved ones.

    “This [school] is a place where Alexis had her hopes and her dreams,” Shawn White, the Virginia coordinator for the CUE Center for Missing Persons said at that event. “It’s now a place where her mother can come to get away and just reflect on happy memories.

    “This will keep Alexis’ memory alive.”

    The Murphys now annually award an Alexis Murphy Scholarship to one or two Nelson County High School senior girls in honor of their daughter.

    In a statement to The News & Advance Wednesday, Nelson County Public Schools Superintendent Martha Eagle said the division was saddened to hear Alexis' remains had been found, but will continue to remember her and her contributions to the school community.

    “While we remained hopeful we would be reunited one day, we are relieved that her family can now have some sort of closure. Although Alexis did not have the future any of us would wish for her, she made quite a difference in her young life and made a significant impact on all those who knew her,” Eagle said. “Alexis may be gone, but she will never be forgotten.”

    In a Facebook post Wednesday, Savanna McGarry — a classmate, teammate and friend of Alexis' — thanked law enforcement for “never giving up.” McGarry said Alexis' memory will live on.

    “After 7.5 years of keeping hope alive, we finally get closure to properly heal,” McGarry wrote. “Here’s to the fifth stage of grief: Acceptance.”
    'Finally able to bring Alexis home': After 7 years, missing Nelson County teen's remains found
     
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  3. margarita25

    margarita25 Well-Known Member

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    Feb. 17, 2021

    Remains of Alexis Murphy, missing since 2013, found in Nelson County | 11alive.com
    “The sheriff's office said investigators found Murphy's remains on Dec. 3, 2020. They were on private property near Stagebridge Road, along Route 29 in Lovingston. Murphys' remains were taken to the Central District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Richmond for positive identification. The medical examiner's office identified the remains and told investigators on Feb. 5, 2021.

    The sheriff's office waited to make its announcement publicly so that Murphy's family had time to grieve and make proper arrangements.”


    'Finally able to bring Alexis home': After 7 years, missing Nelson County teen's remains found

    “Hill, who took office in 2016, did not elaborate on what circumstances led law enforcement to the Lovingston property, but he did note there have been periodic searches that have occurred over the years and some leads that proved "fruitful."

    On Wednesday, officials provided no details about the location, when the site was identified as a place of interest, or who and how many people and agencies were involved in the recovery effort.“


    Remains of Alexis Murphy, missing since 2013, found in Nelson County

    “Randy Taylor
    was convicted in her murder and sentenced to two life terms. Taylor attempted an appeal of his conviction, but the Virginia Supreme Court declined to hear his case.

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    Opening statements in Nelson County Circuit Court, where Randy Taylor is on trial for the abduction and murder of Alexis Murphy in April 2014. (Credit: WSET)“

    Remains of Alexis Tiara Murphy found

    On Wednesday, Nelson County Sheriff David Hill did not say much about that led officials to that location.

    “It’s been continuous searches through the years that have continuously led in that direction,” he said. “And with all searches with rising persons, there are a lot of factors that come into play as to how those are looked into.”“


    Remains of Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy found seven years after her murder

    “Since 2013, authorities said searches have continued for her body with the search area increasing over time.

    Nelson County Sheriff David Hill briefly spoke with members of the media at 1 p.m. Wednesday:
    *video at link

    Feb. 18, 2021

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    Alexis Murphy remains found: Police in Virginia give update - CNN Video

    Feb. 19, 2021

    Alexis Murphy: Body of slain teen found 7 years after disappearance, 6 years after killer convicted


    Missing Virginia teen's remains found seven years after she vanished


    Alexis Murphy: Body of slain teen found 7 years after disappearance, 6 years after killer convicted
     
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  4. margarita25

    margarita25 Well-Known Member

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    There are so many missing women cases here in Florida... one all over the news here, as we speak....
     
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  6. JnRyan

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    I remember this. This was a MASSIVE search effort. Just this last year I remember her aunt and LE stated they were still looking for her.
     
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    I'm so glad she was found ! This case has always bothered me considering her body was never located and there were so many unanswered questions. I feel more at peace knowing her family and friends can have some closure.

    I'm curious as to where she was exactly located ? With it being so close to RAT's whereabouts, it makes me wonder what he did to her and why it took so long to find her ? It's just the "detective" in me.
     
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    "The vessel that housed the enormous spirit of our beloved Alexis was taken from her family, friends, and community on August 3, 2013. The needed confirmation of her Earthly passing would be realized on February 5, 2021. We will not speak of her in past tense for while she is departed in the physical, her presence is now and will always be with us. Joyful, vibrant, athletic, stunningly beautiful, Webster has not presented enough adjectives to describe her infectious personality and warm heart. Her humor and laugh still resonate if we listen intently. The shuffle of her slippers and the dragging of the extension cord tied to her IPhone still vibrate in our ears when we least expect it. Alexis is the girl who talked to the kids no one else talked to. She is the friend with a listening ear and truthful advice. The sister who always cherished her brothers, even when they got on her nerves. The niece that made being an aunt all that more special. The cousin that you could always count on. The granddaughter that all wish for. The daughter that made her parents proud. Alexis can now be found in the soft rain of Spring, the crisp Autumn air, the sparkle of snowflakes and the warm summer sun. She is on the wings of butterflies for her spirit is too large to be contained by this Earth.
    Born on June 5, 1996 in Charlottesville, Virginia Alexis attended Nelson County High School and received her diploma posthumously with the Class of 2014. She was the captain of the volleyball team a sport she hoped to play at the collegiate level.
    Alexis leaves to celebrate her memory, her mother and father Laura Ann Murphy and Troy William Brown; three brothers, Avery and Cameron Murphy and Noah Thompson; her maternal grandmother, Gayle Taylor and maternal grandfather, Tony Taylor; paternal grandmother, Janet Brown and her paternal great-grandmother, Dorothy S. Vest Brown as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
    The family wishes to extend our love and gratitude to everyone who has extended any act of kindness in the past seven years and presently. A special appreciation to all Law Enforcement, The Nelson County Sheriff's Department, The Virginia State Police, The FBI and The Virginia Department of Emergency Management for never giving up until Alexis was returned home. We are deeply indebted to former Commonwealth Attorney Anthony Martin, you became Alexis' voice when hers was silenced.
    A celebration of Alexis' life will be held at a later date.
    Arrangements are under the direction of Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel of Lovingston (434-263-4097)."


    Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel
     
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