Police use social media to search for Va. woman missing since '97 

State police are reviving their search for a Virginia woman who has been missing since 1997 and would have turned 28 recently.

A state police agent recently used social media to try to find Sarah L. Murray, who was 14 years old when she disappeared from Lunenburg County.

The agent has searched for Murray on social networking Web sites and has used them to reach out to her old friends to see whether anyone has been in contact with her.

But police haven't found anyone who has heard from Murray in the past 13 years, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Murray grew up in Chesterfield County and moved to Kenbridge, southwest of Richmond, in November 1995. Her mother was killed in a car crash within days of the move to Kenbridge.

Murray was living with a relative at the time of her disappearance, and was reported missing Feb. 18, 1997.

Police have recently publicized Murray's case in hopes of learning more about how she vanished and whether she is still alive.

"Over the years, we have exhausted all leads in this case," said Mike Bryant, the senior special agent assigned to the case.

At the time of her disappearance, Murray was described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 139 pounds. She is white and has hazel eyes, sandy-colored hair and had an extra tooth growing out of the roof of her mouth.

Anyone with information about her case is asked to call the Virginia State Police at 434-352-3446 or to e-mail michael.bryant@vsp.virginia.gov.

ebabay@washingtonexaminer.com

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