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Morgan Harrington, Alexis Murphy cases highlighted at VA event

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LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) - The families of Morgan Harrington and Alexis Murphy will participate in an event in Lovingston aimed at raising awareness about missing people and unsolved slayings.

Missing: Alexis Murphy
Missing: Morgan Harrington

Friday's event is part of an eight-state tour by the CUE Center for Missing Persons. It is sponsored by Save the Next Girl, a nonprofit formed by Harrington's parents, Dan and Gill Harrington, to prevent crimes against young women by promoting personal safety.

"After so many years, these cases fade from the public's radar, but for the families and friends of a missing person, the nightmare continues - every minute of every day their loved one is absent," CUE Founder Monica Caison said in a news release. "The tour travels across the country to make sure that no case fades from memory. The annual campaign serves as a reminder by featuring cases that are in need of a resolution, they need our help and the community's help to bring them home."

Murphy, 17, was last seen Aug. 3 by her family. Her car was found in the parking lot of a multiplex in Charlottesville. A suspect in the Nelson County teenager's disappearance, Randy Allen Taylor, has been indicted on an abduction charge and an unrelated possession of a stolen vehicle charge.

Harrington disappeared in October 2009 after leaving a concert at the University in Charlottesville. The 20-year-old Roanoke woman's remains were found in January 2010 in a hayfield in Albemarle County. No arrests have been made.

"It's been wonderful just talking to Gil and being a part of the Save the Next Girl. It's giving me strength," Murphy's mother, Laura Murphy, told WDBJ-TV. "We are doing the right thing and working with her has been wonderful."

Gil Harrington said that she hopes they can obtain information at the event to help find Alexis Murphy.

"Laura told me, 'Gil, Alexis is the next girl,' and that really gave me such a pain because we have tried so hard to make sure there were no more damage and no more missing women," she told WDBJ.

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