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Alexis Tiara Murphy, 17, August 3, 2013, Lovingston, Virginia


Alexis was last seen on August 3, 2013 where she stopped at a Liberty gas station in Lovingston, Virginia which was caught on surveillance footage. Alexis told her family she was heading to Lynchburg to buy hair extensions. Her white 2003 Nissan Maxima GLE SE was found abandoned three days later in Charlottesville. During the investigation of the video, the noticed there was as a man at the gas station holding the door open for Alexis as she entered the store. He was quickly identified as Randy Taylor. A cashier later testified that Taylor and Alexis were seen talking to one another. Her white Maxima was also caught on video leaving the parking lot behind Randy's camouflage SUV, heading away from Lynchburg and toward the rundown camper where he lived.


Alexis' car, a Maxima was dumped at a movie theater parking lot about 10:00 pm on August 4. Video footage shows the vehicle pulling up, but the occupant(s) in the vehicle were not visible. Thirty minutes later, Randy was seen at a nearby Applebee's restaurant, ordered a couple beers, and left in a cab.


Randy's story began with him not being at the gas station at all, then changed his stories stating that a man was at his house with her that night, and that she left with the other man, and that she was fine when he left her house, never seeing her again.



On August 11, 2013, Randolph 'Randy' Allen Taylor, 55 was charged in connection to Alexis' disappearance, and convicted of her abduction and first degree murder. Accumulated evidence included strands of her hair and her jewelry inside his mobile home. The FBI recovered a torn fingernail and a small stud earring that was confirmed to be hers. They also found a hair extension, a false eyelash, both to be hers, and the blue T-shirt she wore at the gas station that was captured on video.


Randy attempted to offer the location of her remains for a 20 year sentence in return. Thankfully, the State Attorney refused. He is now serving two life sentences.


December 3, 2020, seven years after her disappearance, Alexis' remains were located in Nelson County, Virginia, on a private property near Stagebridge Road, along Route 29 in Lovingston. The confirmation of identity came on February 5, 2021.





Information accumulated by:

The US Sun

Boston 25 News

13 News Now



OBITUARY

June 5, 1996 - August 3, 2013


The vessel that housed the enormous spirit of our beloved Alexis was taken from her family, friends, and community on August 3, 2013. The needed confirmation of her Earthly passing would be realized on February 5, 2021. We will not speak of her in past tense for while she is departed in the physical, her presence is now and will always be with us.


Joyful, vibrant, athletic, stunningly beautiful, Webster has not presented enough adjectives to describe her infectious personality and warm heart. Her humor and laugh still resonate if we listen intently. The shuffle of her slippers and the dragging of the extension cord tied to her iPhone still vibrate in our ears when we least expect it. Alexis is the girl who talked to the kids no one else talked to. She is the friend with a listening ear and truthful advice. The sister who always cherished her brothers, even when they got on her nerves. The niece that made being an aunt all that more special. The cousin that you could always count on. The granddaughter that all wish for. The daughter that made her parents proud. Alexis can now be found in the soft rain of Spring, the crisp Autumn air, the sparkle of snowflakes and the warm summer sun. She is on the wings of butterflies for her spirit is too large to be contained by this Earth.


Born on June 5, 1996, in Charlottesville, Virginia, Alexis attended Nelson County High School and received her diploma posthumously with the Class of 2014. She was the captain of the volleyball team a sport she hoped to play at the collegiate level.


Alexis leaves to celebrate her memory, her mother and father, Laura Ann Murphy and Troy William Brown; three brothers, Avery and Cameron Murphy and Noah Thompson; her maternal grandmother, Gayle Taylor and maternal grandfather, Tony Taylor; paternal grandmother, Janet Brown; her paternal great-grandmother, Dorothy S. Vest Brown, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


The family wishes to extend our love and gratitude to everyone who has extended any act of kindness in the past seven years and presently. A special appreciation to all Law Enforcement, The Nelson County Sheriff's Department, The Virginia State Police, The FBI and The Virginia Department of Emergency Management for never giving up until Alexis was returned home. We are deeply indebted to former Commonwealth Attorney Anthony Martin, you became Alexis' voice when hers was silenced.


A celebration of Alexis' life will be held at a later date.



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