October 21, 2014
Officials in Nelson County have announced they are planning a new search for missing teen Alexis Murphy.
Murphy went missing from her Nelson County home in August 2013, and Randy Taylor was convicted of her murder in May 2014. Her body has never been found.
This announcement comes just three days after human remains were found off of Old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County, that could be those of missing U.Va. student Hannah Graham.
Detective Billy Mays of the Nelson County Sheriff's Office released this statement following the announcement:
"Our goal has always been to bring Alexis home, and to bring closure to the family."
"They've never stopped searching," Alexis Murphy's aunt, Trina Murphy said Tuesday night, after being informed about the upcoming search. "Just because you don't see it on the news everyday, or it's not front and center, they've never stopped looking for Alexis."
Trina Murphy and our media partners at Blue Ridge Life Magazine say the search will take place in Orange County in November.
"I'm confident that they have a reason for searching in Orange and we'll just go with that," Trina Murphy said.
Samantha Clarke disappeared in Orange County in 2010, and Randy Taylor was a person of interest in that case.
Trina is hopeful that something can be found, but she is also realistic.
"This is literally like looking for a needle in a haystack," Murphy said. "You're looking for someone in the wilderness. The fact that they're able to find anyone is seemingly amazing to me."
Trina says she doesn't know how she would react if the search found the body of Alexis.
"It would obviously be a very big bag of emotions," she said. "Of course we want to bring her home and have a place where we can go and say this is where she is and she's at peace and we have her back. But at the same time, it's a lot of finality to that."
Trina says she does not think Jesse Matthew, the man accused of abducting Hannah Graham, had anything to do with the death of Alexis.
"Even if it came out tomorrow that Jesse Matthew was somehow involved," she said, "it doesn't make Randy Taylor any less guilty. All the DNA evidence was found in his trailer. Her blood was on his shirt."
Anyone with information about Murphy's disappearance is asked to call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office at (434) 263-7050.