Lynchburg Volunteers Revive Search for Alexis Murphy


December 1, 2013

It has been nearly four months since 17-year-old Alexis Murphy went missing.

Now, volunteers around Nelson County are continuing to search for clues.

Members of the Self Help Obtaining Positive Opportunities (SHOPO) group in Lynchburg drove up to search. Nearly a hundred volunteers scoured the sides of Route 29 in Lovingston, trying to find anything that could lead to Alexis.

SHOPO normally does roadside cleanup on Sundays, but today they decided to drive to Nelson County to aid in the search.

“It's about bringing the community together and helping as many people as possible,” says SHOPO president B.B. Shavers. “It was just an opportunity to meet some great people and let them know whatever they need we will be there for them.”

“Today proves that you got a lot of people that care and a lot of people support the Murphy family to find this talented young lady.”

Volunteers searched all along Route 29, including the property of Randy Taylor, who was arrested in August in connection with Alexis’ disappearance.

Family and friends of Alexis were also involved in the search and appreciate all the support they received from community members.

“We've had a tremendous amount of support of people who have come out to help search,” says Angela Taylor, Alexis' aunt. “We're looking for any and everything that may be a clue.”

Volunteers were instructed to call the authorities if they find something during the search.

“My heart and prayers everyday are with the family and today I hope and pray that God watches over all of us and gives us eyesight to get what we need so that the family can have some kind of a closure,” says Sandra Block, a volunteer in the search.

Volunteers searched from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, hoping to bring authorities one step closer to bringing Alexis home.


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