Reward offered for info about missing woman
Parents have not seen 25-year-old daughter in 2 weeks
LOWER POTTSGROVE >> Authorities have begun investigating the disappearance of an area woman one day after her car was discovered abandoned in a North Coventry park.
Amanda Murphy, 25, was reported missing to Lower Pottsgrove police Monday night by her parents Tim and Wendy Murphy, who said they haven’t seen their daughter in two weeks.
Now one local volunteer group is offering a cash reward for any information leading to her whereabouts.
Amanda left her home at 1908 Glen Eagles Drive, Pottstown, on Aug. 26 to stay with friends in the North Coventry area, according to police. She was last in contact with her family on or about Sept. 7, and has not been in touch since.
Amanda’s car, a 1995 tan Ford Taurus, was discovered empty early Monday morning parked in a parking lot near a pond in Kenilworth Park. Police confirmed her personal belongings were in the car, including the keys, and the windows were down. Among the personal items left behind was Amanda’s cellphone, Tim said and gas was in the tank.
Police say they are following up on reports of sightings and talking to Amanda’s friends and family to generate leads.
Meanwhile, Tim and five others searched Kenilworth Park around 11 a.m. Monday, he said. Then Monday night they were joined by over 40 people who heard the news and wanted to help with the search.
Tim took to his Facebook page Tuesday to thank everyone who joined in.
“In these instances it shows how many people are out there that still care,” he wrote. “To the people who we met in the park that we have never met who saw the info on Facebook and went to the park with their dogs, amazing and thank you.”
Among those involved in the search were members of the local volunteer group called the A-Team, of which Tim Murphy is a member. That organization
is offering a undisclosed cash reward for any information leading to Amanda’s whereabouts.
C.J. Santangelo, who leads the group, said the reward is being offered because of the seriousness of the investigation, given Amanda’s car was found abandoned and she is now without ID or a cellphone. The reward amount is not being released in order to avoid an overwhelming number of false leads.
“We’re trying to do as much as we can ourselves,” Santangelo said. “We’re trying to get the word out.”
One of the group’s supporters is state Rep. Mike Vereb, R-150, of Montgomery County, who called the situation “horrible.”
“We’re working in concert with respective police departments to one make sure she’s alive and two get her back to where she belongs,” he said.
Amanda, a single mother to a 6-year-old son, who is in the custody of his father, has been battling a heroin addiction for the last four years, Tim said. She’s checked in and out of eight different rehabilitation clinics. Most recently, she left a clinic against the medical advice of the staff and quit her methadone treatments cold turkey.
The Murphy family moved to the Pottstown area from Conshohocken in 2000. Amanda graduated Pottsgrove High School in 2009. She then attended school at the Metro Beauty Academy in Allentown before dropping out after about a year.
Tim wrote a Facebook post Monday morning pleading for help from the public in trying to locate his daughter.
“Amanda, we love you,” he wrote. “Please call us if you see this post.”
Since that post went live, Tim said he has been flooded with messages from people believing they’ve seen his daughter. One message came from friends of Amanda, who said they had seen her walking with her friend, Scott Proitte Jr., in Pottstown
on Friday. Another message said she was spotted in the south end of Pottstown Sunday morning.
“We just want to know she’s OK,” Murphy said.
As Lower Pottsgrove is Amanda’s last known official address, police there will handle the investigation of her disappearance. Officer James McCue and Detective Sgt. Joseph Campbell are leading the investigation and are still gathering facts at this time. The investigation so far has revealed that Amanda may have been seen in or around the Pottstown area recently and also have been active on social media.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 610-326-1508. Further information may be released as the investigation proceeds.
Lower Pottsgrove police have launched an investigation into the disappearance of 25-yearold Amanda Murphy. Murphy’s car was found parked in Kenilworth Park in North Coventry Monday night.