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FBI agents search home of suspect in Alexis Murphy case


Investigators continue to focus on Randy Taylor's home in connection to the disappearance of 17 year old Alexis Murphy. They're using K-9s and ATVs to search the woody property. Murphy's whereabouts are still a mystery. The man accused of her abduction, in jail - while investigators look at every clue, every tip.

After 11 days, there's still no sign of the 17 year old, even though Randy Taylor is accused of abducting her.

Jenny Harvey lives across from Taylor and spoke with investigators about the case.

"I had a gut feeling that something was wrong and when the FBI came here I told them I don't have a good feeling about this guy," she said.

Harvey says Taylor lives in seclusion in a home surrounded by woods. The case has now appeared on a cable news network and in a New York newspaper. Wednesday, the FBI said it is covering each new lead as they come.

"Nothing like this has happened around here so everyone is really concerned,' said Ruby Wood of the Sunny Mountain convenience store.

There, signs are posted to help find Alexis. Managers say the suspect stops in frequently.

"I've waited on him before. He's never said thank you, goodbye, hello. Nothing," Wood said.

Authorities say surveillance images show Taylor and Murphy at a different Lovingston gas station at the same time -- just before her disappearance. Investigators have now taken the suspect's camper and SUV into evidence.

"I have a granddaughter that's12 years old and I think about that. She lives right behind me. She comes over every day, sometimes 2 to 3 times a day. That could've been her just as well as this one," Harvey said.

Her story is also gaining more national attention. Jane Velez Mitchell will discuss the case on her show, Wednesday. Nancy Grace used a large part of her program to highlight the case Tuesday night.

Taylor was also appointed a new lawyer in his case. Initially, Scott DeBruin was appointed, but he cited a conflict of interest and now Mike Hallahan has been appointed to represent him.

If you've seen Murphy, or think you may know anything about her disappearance, call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office at (434) 263-7050.

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