Re­ward of­fered for info about miss­ing woman

Par­ents have not seen 25-year-old daugh­ter in 2 weeks

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Eric Devlin ede­vlin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Eric_Devlin on Twit­ter

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — TIM MUR­PHY

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.

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