Dad says missing daughter in custody
Woman had contacted family ending threeday search
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.
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.