Search Continues For Missing Teen

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

February 15, 2007

"I've known him since I was really little," shared Truman Stephen, a friend of missing 17-year-old Eric Murphy. "We used to play together all the time. This just really comes as a shock."

Murphy disappeared three days ago. Thursday, the search and rescue effort continued.

Truman watched as crews continued their search for his friend. Their search is now concentrating on the lake behind Murphy's Lakeview apartment where they believe he was last.

"We are going to first let the cadaver dogs and air scenting dogs actually search the wooded area and the shoreline. And if that doesn't work, we will put them on the boat with a dog," explained Lt. James Bond with the Albemarle Police Department.

And then, if those efforts don't work, Bond says dive teams will go into the water themselves looking for Murphy.

Right now, they say they have reason to believe he may be in the lake, but they are not taking guesses as to the motivations behind his disappearance.

"We don't know feel comfortable speculating, why he went missing," explained Bond.

Police say they will continue searching for Murphy until they get answers.

But today, nothing seems to make sense for Truman.

"He doesn't seem like the kind of person that would do this," said the friend. "This is just strange and awkward."

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