Man charged in abduction of Charlottesville-area teen


FBI agents search for clues on a Nissan Maxima, the vehicle of missing Nelson County girl Alexis Murphy found Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 at the Carmike Cinemas in Charlottesville, Va. (Andrew Shurtleff/AP)
August 12, 2013

Authorities searching for a missing teenaged girl in the Charlottesville area have charged a 49-year-old man with forcibly abducting her.

The suspect, Randy Allen Taylor, who lives in Lovingston, Va., about 35 miles south of Charlottesville, was ordered jailed without bond after his arrest Sunday, according to the FBI and law enforcement officials in Nelson County. The girl, 17-year-old Alexis Tiara Murphy, remains the focus of an intensive search.

Investigators have said little publicly about Taylor’s alleged involvement in her disappearance. Alexis, whose car was found abandoned in a Charlottesville parking lot a week ago, was last seen by family members Aug. 3, authorities said.

“I want to assure her family and the Nelson County community that we will keep looking as long as it takes to find her,” the county’s top prosecutor, Anthony Martin, said at a news briefing Monday. He and other officials declined to answer questions about the case.


Randy Allen Taylor is seen in an undated photo. Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin says Taylor was taken into custody Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 in connection with the disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy of Lovingston. (FBI/Via AP)
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