Alexis Murphy case: Randy Taylor indicted on murder charges

(WJLA) - The disappearance of Alexis Murphy five months ago left her family in anguish. We spoke with the teen’s mother shortly after she went missing in August of 2013.

"It's like my heart has been ripped out," said her mother, Laura Ann Murphy.

But on Monday, perhaps there will be some closure with the announcement of a murder indictment against the prime suspect, 48-year-old Randy Taylor.

"The notion of indictments only means the grand jury found probable cause for the charges I mentioned, and that Randy Taylor should go on trial for these charges," explained Anthony Martin, Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney.

Murphy was last seen at this Liberty Gas Station in Lovingston, Virginia. Witnesses told detectives she was talking with a man fitting Taylor’s description. A week later, police arrested Taylor on an abduction charge.

But there was still no trace of the missing teen. And at the time, Murphy’s mother was trying to stay hopeful.

"Someone called me. I'm like, I hope that's her. I look at my phone, hoping it's her," she said back in August.

There were tantalizing clues: Murphy’s car was discovered in Charlottesville three days after her disappearance; police traced her cell phone signal near Taylor’s home; and then later, her cell phone was found.

However, due to a court-imposed gag order, prosecutors are releasing few details about the case. They and family members are currently declining to comment on her whereabouts.