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Lighting the Way Home: Tree Decorated for Alexis Murphy


December 3, 2013

Four months to the day Alexis Murphy was last seen, there's a new effort to help solve her disappearance.

The teenager was last seen on August 3 at the Liberty gas station in Lovingston. On Tuesday night, a Christmas tree was lit in front of the gas station to keep the attention on finding Alexis.

The tree is decorated in bright pink bulbs, bows and lights. Pink is Alexis' favorite color and has become a symbol in the search for the missing teen.

There is also a large poster with her picture asking anyone who has seen her to call authorities at 434-263-7050.

"A lot of times these kids are missing and they're just forgotten. That's not going to happen here," said family friend Dotti Kiser.

Kiser helped decorate the tree Tuesday afternoon. She says its location is not only significant because it is the last place Alexis was spotted, but because it'll attract a lot of eyes.

"[Route] 29 goes from New York to Florida. It's the main corridor on the East Coast. There's a lot of traffic on this road. There are people that come from out of state, from all over, and they will see this tree and they will see this sign," said Kiser.

There have been no major breaks in the case in the last few months, but family and friends are determined to keep the investigation in the spotlight.

"They're going to have Alexis on their mind every time they come by here, and that's what we want," said Laura Murphy, Alexis' mom.

The plan is to light the tree every night until Alexis returns to her family and friends.

Organizers also passed out pink light bulbs at the event so people can illuminate their windows at home.

One arrest has been made in the case. Randy Allen Taylor has been charged with abduction. He is awaiting a trial in February.


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