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An advisement hearing for a man accused of abducting a Nelson County teenager is scheduled for Tuesday.
A hearing for Randy Taylor is scheduled in Nelson County Juvenile and Domestic Relations court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The hearing was moved out of General District Court because Alexis Murphy is a minor, and juvenile court has jurisdiction over offenses involving children.
Murphy, 17, has not been seen since August 3.
Taylor is still being held without bail in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. He will appear by video for the hearing.
The purpose of an advisement hearing is to inform Taylor of his right to be represented by an attorney. He can waive his right to a lawyer and represent himself, try to obtain a court-appointed lawyer, or hire his own lawyer to represent him.
There will be no plea or evidence heard at the hearing.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation released a new piece of information Monday afternoon in the Alexis Murphy case.
Agents want to talk to people who may have seen suspect Randy Taylor's vehicle. The FBI released a photo of the GMC Suburban. Click here to see a picture of the truck.
Taylor was arrested Sunday evening and is being held on an abduction charge. Alexis Murphy has not been found. She was last seen August 3. Her car was found August 6 in Charlottesville.
Employees at a business across Route 29 from Taylor's house said a similar vehicle was towed from Taylor's property earlier Monday. Taylor, 48, lives in the 10000 block of Thomas Nelson Highway in Lovingston. The FBI also released another picture of Taylor. CLICK HERE to see it.
Forensic teams were in and out of Taylor's home all day Monday collecting evidence and searching the surrounding wooded area.
According to neighbors who live across the street from Taylor, he moved into the home last fall. They say he kept to himself and always made sure to lock the chain at the foot of his driveway when he entered or left his home.
Investigators ask anyone with information about the vehicle or the case to call (434) 263-7050.
The FBI and Alexis Murphy's family asked for the public's continued help in finding the missing Nelson County teenager during a news conference Monday.
Randy Allen Taylor, a suspect in Murphy's disappearance, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon without incident. Murphy has not been located.
Taylor, 48, lives on Thomas Nelson Highway in Lovingston. He is being held in the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail without bond. Murphy has not been seen since August 3. Her car was found in Charlottesville on August 6. Taylor will have an advisement hearing, but it's not clear when.
In a news conference at the Lovingston Fire Department on Monday, the FBI said it is still looking for more information about Taylor. Investigators say he was driving a late-model GMC suburban-like truck, with Virginia license plates. CLICK HERE to see Taylor's booking photo.
“We are also looking for any information the public may have regarding suspect Randy Taylor, prior to the disappearance on August 3, and anything regarding his activities and involvements that might prove helpful to this investigation,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeff Mazanec said.
Mazanec said investigators are looking at connections to other disappearances in the area. According to the Charlottesville publication The Hook, Taylor was questioned about the 2010 disappearance of Samantha Clarke from the Town of Orange. Click here to read The Hook’s story.
“I know there is some speculation that this case may be connected to other similar disappearances or abductions in the region,” Mazanec said. “We are certainly looking at all possibilities and information in this regard. However, we are not prepared to discuss this at the present time. And our focus here today is to bring attention to Alexis’ disappearance."
Murphy, 17, will be a senior at Nelson County High School. Students started school Monday in Nelson County. Through tears, Murphy’s mother asked for the public’s help in finding her daughter.