August 6, 2013
Local, state and federal agents are continuing their search for missing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy, and the sheriff says they won't give up.
The 17-year-old girl went missing Saturday.
"This is a 24-hour operation," Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks said. "We're still looking. We won't give up."
On Tuesday, more than 50 FBI agents scoured Nelson County with the help of Virginia State Police. They're looking for any video footage from businesses or homes within 30 miles north and south of Lovingston that might show where Alexis may have gone.
"We're looking for any video footage that we can find, whether it be from businesses or residents," Brooks said, but he would not elaborate on why federal authorities are involved in the case.
Brooks says officials received 10 tips overnight to aid in the search for Alexis. He encourages anyone with information, no matter how little, to contact the sheriff's office at 434-263-7050.
"I mean, it's a small town," said Victoria Hansen, an Amherst County resident who works in Lovingston. "We don't get this stuff. It doesn't really happen."
Alexis is a rising senior at Nelson County High School. The school year begins on Monday, but inside now are fliers asking anyone with information to come forward.
"It never happens," said John Taylor, a senior at Nelson County High School. "It's in Charlottesville and Lynchburg and stuff, but you never hear it happening right here."
Brooks says there has been an outpouring of community support. A local fire department delivered lunch to Tye River Elementary School, which has become the command center for authorities.
Helicopters that flew overhead Monday to help with the search have been grounded on Tuesday because of the cloudy skies. Authorities say they're still looking for a white 2003 Nissan Maxima with Virginia tags WYN 3706 that Alexis may have been driving at the time of her disappearance.
Brooks says authorities won't stop until they find Alexis.
"It's quite large. You know, it takes a lot of manpower," Brooks said. "At this point, we're obviously concerned about Alexis."