Nelson Co., VA - Now that Alexis Murphy's cell phone has been found, the lead investigator working the case in Nelson County says their case against Randy Taylor is stronger than ever.
Lead investigator Billy Mays has been in law enforcement for more than 13 years.
"This as a whole, this is the largest case of my career, as far as the man power and the magnitude it's a very, very large case," Mays said.
Mays has said from the very beginning that Alexis Murphy's cell phone was important to find. Now that the phone has been found, Mays says it has proven to be a critical piece of evidence.
"I feel that it is going to prove crucial to this case," Mays said.
Investigator Mays won't say what was found on Murphy's phone, but knowing what he knows, he says he's confident Randy Taylor is her abductor.
"This gentleman is a predator, and if he is out on the street he's going to do it again, and keeping him where he is probably going to save lives. I have no doubt that we have the right person," Mays said.
Dr. Charles Murphy is a former CIA agent. He says the cell phone should prove valuable.
"The primary thing they are looking for is tracking her movements, and also the calls that she made," Murphy said.
He also says the phone could further link Taylor to Alexis Murphy.
"If they can put him in the location of where the phone was used," Murphy said.
Even though many may want more information than what is being released, former Campbell County Investigator Mike Milnor says the Nelson County investigators simply can't show their whole hand.
"Strategically you don't want to release too much because there are certain aspects of the crime that only the suspect is going to know," Milnor said.
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