The remains of a teenage girl whose disappearance in 2013 led to national headlines and a murder trial without a body have finally been found in Virginia, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
Alexis Murphy, who was 17 at the time, went missing after being spotted with a career criminal at a gas station near her home in Shipman. The man was later charged and eventually convicted of killing her — even as he continued to proclaim his innocence while refusing to provide the victim’s location.
After seven years of search efforts, Murphy’s remains were found in early December on a private property near Route 29 in Lovingston, the same community where she was last seen, according to the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office. The remains were taken to a local medical examiner’s office for positive identification, a process that ended on Feb. 5.
Officials said they delayed Wednesday’s announcement to allow Murphy’s family
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