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The event raised more than $5,000 to assist the search for Alexis Murphy, who vanished on Aug. 3.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
ROSELAND — Muscle cars and pink bows might seem odd together, but on Saturday they were a perfect combination at a benefit cruise-in to support the family of Alexis Murphy.
The 17-year-old Nelson County girl disappeared three weeks ago on Aug. 3. She was last seen at the Liberty gas station off U.S. 29 after telling her parents she was driving to Lynchburg for hair extensions.
Learning of Alexis’ disappearance, Chad Turner, president of the Street Elements Auto Club, said he wanted to help the troubled family, and to the group of 15 car enthusiasts, a car show seemed the right fit.
“When it hits home, it’s a different feeling,” he said. “You feel sorry for that family.”
The benefit cruise-in was free to the public, though many people donated to help the couple as the search for their daughter continues. Turner said the event raised more than $5,000.
Corvettes, Mustangs and hotrods poured into the Ebony and Ivory Field, off Patrick Henry Highway in Roseland, many adorned with pink bows and ribbons. Pink is Alexis’ favorite color, and the ribbons have become a symbol of support for the ongoing search for her.
Janice Megginson of the Millennium Sport Riders said the impact of Alexis’ disappearance is still hard for the community to handle. “It’s a very big shock,” she said. “We expected results by now.”
The Saturday cruise-in came just days after Randy Taylor — the 48-year-old suspect in Alexis’ abduction — was denied bond in Nelson County Juvenile and Domestic Court.
Anyone with information on Alexis’ whereabouts is asked to contact investigators at 434-263-7050.
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