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A crew looking for Alexis Murphy returned to “places of interest” in the ongoing investigation.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Dozens of searchers roamed parts of Nelson County on Sunday in the ongoing search for missing Shipman teenager Alexis Murphy, eight weeks after she was last seen at a gas station in Lovingston.
Investigator Billy Mays, of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, said the search was just wrapping up when reached by phone shortly after 6 p.m. It started at 8 a.m. Sunday and included 50 personnel and about a dozen search dogs, he said.
He declined to describe the “nuts [and] bolts” of the specific areas targeted but said they did include places that had been searched previously in recent weeks. Mays referred to those areas as “places of interest” and said some were revisited to “make sure nothing has been left out” in the ongoing investigation.
Mays confirmed one of the places investigators returned to was property belonging to suspect Randy Allen Taylor, of Lovingston.
Last week, a grand jury in Nelson County Circuit Court indicted Taylor, 48, on one count of abduction in the disappearance of 17-year-old Murphy, according to a news release from Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin.
Taylor was arrested Aug. 11.
Mays said no new clues or tips prompted the search Sunday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Virginia State Police are helping county deputies in the search; Mays said because it takes time to coordinate the groups, further searches probably would not take place this week.
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