Updated: Hope woman’s son found after going missing in Wiscasset

Posted:  Monday, July 17, 2017 - 10:00am
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Jullian Murphy. Courtesy of Paul Conlin

UPDATE: A Hope woman said Monday, she got word late Sunday night her son, missing from Wiscasset since July 11, has been found and is safe.

Rachel Hendrick said authorities called her at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Jullian Murphy, 28, was safe and had checked himself into a hospital, she said. “I was so excited and happy he was safe,” Hendrick said. She reiterated her thanks to the community. It was reassuring that people can be so helpful, she said.

Wiscasset Police Chief Jeff Lange said Monday, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received word from a hospital Sunday that Murphy had checked himself in on Sunday; the Sheriff’s Office informed Murphy’s mother, Lange said.

Original post, July 15: Rachel Hendrick of Hope said Saturday, son Jullian Murphy, 28, has been missing from Wiscasset since about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, when his father Robert Murphy dropped him off at work at Dunkin Donuts on Route 1.

Hendrick said her son never went into work, instead going off on foot, and has not been seen since by family or friends. “I’m very, very concerned,” she said in Saturday’s phone interview.

Her son has depression, Hendrick said. He had no working cell phone with him; Hendrick said she called Wiscasset police Thursday, July 13. According to Hendrick, authorities then visited the Goose Fork Road, Westport Island home where her son has been staying about three months with his father and stepmother. The Wiscasset Newspaper has messages into the department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Hendrick has had to keep working her cleaning jobs she was committed to while searching for her son. “Now I’m going around to places he might go to,” including his late grandmother’s Rockland home, now abandoned, Hendrick said. She will be checking the Wiscasset area, in parks and elsewhere, and will be putting up fliers, she said. Murphy graduated from Georges Valley High School in Thomaston and attended the University of Maine at Augusta; he has worked at Dunkin Donuts about two months, his mother said.

He loves reading and music and is funny, Hendrick said. She doesn’t normally hear from him every day, but they have a good relationship and she would have expected him to contact her or someone by now. “There hasn’t been anything like this, falling off the face of the Earth. That’s why I’m incredibly concerned.”

The newspaper received an email Saturday afternoon from Paul Conlin, who Hendrick said is a friend helping get the word out. The email describes Murphy as 6-foot-2, with blond hair and hazel eyes and weighing 300 pounds. It asks anyone with information to contact Hendrick at 975-9374.

With Conlin’s help, word is spreading over social media about Murphy’s disappearance, Hendrick said. She said she is thankful for the community’s help and support.