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Remains Of Missing Teenager Found After 7 Years

When children go missing the main hope is that they’re found at the least alive, as being kidnapped leaves emotional and physical scars that can take years to get over. When 17 year old Aleix Tiara Murphy disappeared in August of 2013 from a small town in Virginia causing a seven year search to ensue. After all this time, Murphys’ remains were found on a private property in Lovingston.

Randy Taylor was charged a month following the disappearance and was convicted of abduction and first-degree murder;Taylor is currently serving two life sentences for these crimes. The local Sheriff’s office gave a press release on Wednesday that local, state, and federal authorities “pursued multiple leads and conducted numerous searches” at the time of Murphys’ disappearance but failed in being able to locate her. The press release also stated that they have expanded the search area periodically since her disappearance.

Murphys’ remains were found in December on a private property in Lovingston and the medical examiner’s office identified them as belonging to Murphy earlier this month. The Sheriff’s office stated that they delayed the release of this information until this week in order to give the Murphy family time to grieve privately and make arrangements.

The family released a statement through the Sheriff’s office stating “"While we have been grieving the loss of Alexis since 2013, we remained hopeful that she would be found alive and well...Alexis was the fashionista, athlete and joker of our family; we were blessed to have loved her for 17 years and her memory will continue to live on through us all...You all kept the promise made in 2013, to bring Alexis home! During this time, we ask that you continue to lift our family up in prayer and in the words of Alexis, ‘Keep Hope Alive.