Dad says miss­ing daugh­ter in cus­tody

Woman had con­tacted fam­ily end­ing three­day search

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

LOWER POTTSGROVE >> A man who ini­ti­ated a mas­sive search for his miss­ing daugh­ter told Dig­i­tal First Me­dia that she was picked up by Pottstown po­lice Wed­nes­day evening.

Amanda Mur­phy, 25, was ar­rested by Pottstown po­lice along Ch­est­nut Street Wed­nes­day, her fa­ther Tim said. He could pro­vide no other details. Pottstown po­lice were un­avail­able for com­ment by press time Wed­nes­day.

Amanda had reached out to her fam­ily about 11:30 a.m. from a pri­vate tele­phone num­ber Wed­nes­day to say she was safe but wasn’t plan­ning on com­ing home any­time soon. She and friend, Scott Proitte Jr., both had outstanding war­rants for their ar­rest.

“She doesn’t want to go to jail,” Tim Mur­phy said. “She’s alive, she’s safe and she’s not be­ing held against her will.”

Amanda left her home at 1908 Glen Ea­gles Drive, Lower Pottsgrove, 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 un­til Wed­nes­day morn­ing, had not been in touch since.

Then 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.

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.

Calling his daugh­ter very strong-willed, Tim said Wed­nes­day he tried to ex­plain to his daugh­ter that the needs to face her prob­lems. He also said he lec­tured her on the fact that so many peo­ple were look­ing for her, love her and want to see her get help.

Ad­mit­ting he felt a lit­tle em­bar­rassed about the whole sit­u­a­tion now, Tim thanked any­one who helped look for his daugh­ter.

“I want to thank ev­ery­body for their sup­port and pray­ers and ef­forts,” he said. “At least we know she’s safe.”

Lower Pottsgrove po­lice con­firmed that as of 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day, de­tec­tives also made con­tact with Amanda and con­firmed her well-be­ing. The miss­ing per­son in­ves­ti­ga­tion is now closed.

Amanda was reported miss­ing to Lower Pottsgrove po­lice Mon­day night by her par­ents Tim and Wendy Mur­phy, who said they hadn’t seen their

daugh­ter in two weeks.

Po­lice said Tues­day they were 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.

Amanda last saw her par­ents two weeks ago and had been in con­tact with them as re­cently as last week, Tim said Mon­day. Her pa­role of­fi­cer came to her par­ent’s home last Wed­nes­day to say their daugh­ter had taken off again and if she didn’t check in by the next day, they would file a war­rant for her ar­rest. The last

time ei­ther of her par­ents spoke to Amanda was when she called her mother af­ter­ward to find out what the of­fi­cer said.

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.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Amanda Mur­phy, 25, called her fa­ther Tim Wed­nes­day to say she was safe but not com­ing home any­time soon. She has outstanding war­rants against her and re­port­edly has a his­tory of heroin ad­dic­tion.

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