New details emerge on teen abduction suspect

Alexis Murphy

Alexis Murphy

Randy Taylor (FBI photo)

Randy Taylor (FBI photo)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Details are emerging about the man arrested in the case of a missing Nelson County teenager. Authorities on Sunday arrested 48-year-old Randy Allen Taylor of Lovingston in connection with the disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy. He’s charged with abduction and remains in jail. Murphy was last seen Aug. 3 by her family. Her car was found in the parking lot of a multiplex in Charlottesville three days later. The investigation and search for Murphy continues. Court records show Taylor’s criminal record stretches back more than 20 years. It includes a 1992 burglary conviction in Virginia Beach and a 2005 arson conviction in Albemarle County. But The Daily Progress reports that an employer and acquaintances of Taylor’s describe him as a quiet, hardworking man, who kept mostly to himself.

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