August 12, 2013
One day after police make an arrest in connection with the case of missing Nelson County girl Alexis Murphy, the 17-year-old's family says the suspect in custody is not a complete stranger.
Authorities arrested 48-year-old Randy Allen Taylor at his Thomas Nelson Highway home without incident on Sunday.
"He's a scary looking guy," said Murphy's great-aunt, Trina Murphy.
The family first matched a face to the name provided by the FBI using Google. That's when they realized it was not the first time relatives have seen Taylor, though they do not believe Alexis knows him personally.
"We recognize him. I think pretty much all of us have said that we've seen him at one point or another," said Trina Murphy. "I mean, Nelson County is a very small place. You go to Liberty and stand there long enough, you'll see everybody that you know."
But it was who some people did not see at Lovingston's Liberty gas station, the last documented place Alexis was seen, that raised eyebrows.
On Monday, the FBI released a photo of the vehicle driven by Taylor -- a late model GMC Suburban with camouflage detail.
"They described the truck, and I knew exactly who they were talking about," said Nelson County resident John Callahan.
Callahan, who frequently visits the gas station, says it was not unusual to see Taylor parked near the station's 'Air Vac' machine. Callahan says, in the last week or so, Taylor and his camo ride have also been noticeably absent.
"Right when everything first happened, usually you give it a couple of days and then you notice that somebody is not around anymore, and he definitely disappeared awfully quick, and everybody noticed it," said Callahan.
Several other people who work near the station say they recognize Taylor and the vehicle.
Authorities are hoping anyone who has seen the camouflage Suburban can help uncover new leads.
Meanwhile, Murphy's family is pleading with the public to come forward with any information that could help bring their loved one home.
"If this was your daughter, your niece, you would want everybody to call," said Trina Murphy.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to call 434-263-7050.
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