Alexis Murphy
North American Missing Persons Network
Alexis Murphy

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Above Images: Alexis Murphy

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 3, 2013 from Shipman, Nelson County, Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: June 5, 1996
  • Age: 17
  • Height: 5'7" or 170 cm
  • Weight: 156 lbs. or 71 kg
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Gender: Female
  • Race: Black
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Alexis' right nostril and upper lip are pierced.
  • Clothing: Alexis was last known to be wearing multi- colored pants, a pink blouse, and brown boots. She was carrying a dark and light grey purse.
  • Case Number: 2013-008558

  • Details of Disappearance
    Alexis Murphy was last seen on August 3, 2013, at a gas station in Lovingston, Virginia, talking to Randy Taylor. She was last seen traveling in a white 2003 Nissan Maxima with Virginia license plates WYN3706, similar to the one pictured below.

    Her car was found in a movie theater parking lot in Albemarle County, three days after she disappeared on August 3, 2013. One month later, the FBI announced they discovered Murphy's cell phone.

    A special grand jury indicted Randy Allen Taylor of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, abduction with intent to defile, and grand larceny. The last charge is unrelated to Murphy's case. He was arrested on August 11, 2013 after authorities found a strand of Murphy's hair in his camper. A subsequent search also revealed a bloodied T-shirt with hair extensions and artificial eyelashes balled up within the shirt. Video surveillance shows Taylor wearing the same shirt the night Murphy vanished. Tests performed at FBI laboratories in Quantico found DNA traces on the shirt, hair and eyelashes matching the missing teenager. Forensic evidence showed Murphy died after a violent struggle in Taylorís camper. Prosecutor Anthony Martin said Taylor lured Murphy to his camper about 1 mile away, killed her in a violent struggle and disposed of the body.

    In 2014 Randy Taylor was found guilty of first-degree murder in commission of an abduction and abduction with intent to defile. He was sentenced to two life terms in prison. The Virginia court of appeals rejected Taylor's request for an appeal to his murder conviction. Alexis Murphy's body has never been found.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Nelson County Sheriff's Office (Virginia)
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

    Source Information
    The Republic