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Lovingston man charged in missing teen case; other abductions being reviewed

Randy Allen Taylor

Authorities held a news conference Monday morning to announce an arrest in the disappareance of 17-year-old Alexis Tiara Murphy.Randy Allen Taylor, 48, of Thomas Nelson Highway in Lovingston was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with abduction, Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin said. He said Taylor is being held without bond.

However, authorities are still searching for Alexis and continue to ask for the public’s help in locating her. They also ask that anyone with information about Taylor, including his activities since Aug. 3, and between Aug. 3 and Aug. 6, to contact authorities. Alexis disappeared from Lovingston on Aug. 3. Her vehicle was found Aug. 6.

Vehicle of Randy Allen Taylor

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office is taking all calls at 434/263-7050.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Mazanec said authorities are looking into other abductions from the area for any possible links.

Alexis’ vehicle was found near U.S. 29 in Charlottesville.

That location prompted questions last week about a possible link to the abduction and death of Morgan Harrington in 2009.

Harrington, 20, disappeared in October 2009 while attending at Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. Nine months later, state police announced that forensic evidence tied her death to a 2005 case in Fairfax County involving a 26-year-old woman.

It also brings to mind the series of incidents that took place along U.S. 29 that stretched from at least Charlottesville through Culpeper, primarily in the spring of 1996. Those incidents-dubbed the work of the “29 Stalker”- culminated in the death of Alicia Showalter Reynolds, who disappeared in March 1996. Her remains were found in May 1996 in the community of Lignum.

Each of those cases remains unsolved.

“We are certainly looking at all possibilities,” Mezenec said.

The FBI has updated its poster on the case.




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