Suspect arrested in case of missing Va. girl; search for Alexis Murphy continues

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CHARLOTESVILLE, Va. — A suspect in the case of a missing Virginia teenager is now in custody, however the search for Alexis Murphy continues, the FBI confirmed during a news conference on Monday.

Authorities confirmed Randolph Taylor, 48, was arrested on Sunday. Officials said Taylor is charged with abduction but declined to provide any additional information about Murphy, who has been missing since last Saturday.

During a press conference on Monday, authorities said they will continue to search for Murphy “for as long as it takes to find her.”

The FBI is investigating whether Murphy’s disappearance is connected to similar cases in the area, however officials declined to provide any additional information.

Murphy’s mother spoke during the press conference and asked for help from the public.

“If anyone knows anything, please let us know,” she said.

Murphy was last seen on Aug. 3 by her family at a gas station in Lovingston, Virginia. Her car was found in the parking lot of a multiplex in Charlottesville three days later.

Last week, FBI agents and state police focused on the Cannery Loop neighborhood near Route 29 in Nelson County. Investigators said that is where Murphy’s cell phone hit a cell phone tower.

Read more: WTVR

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