August 9, 2013
It has been nearly a week since Alexis Murphy went missing, and the search is still very active in Nelson County, not far from Alexis' home.
FBI agents have been a common sight this week for Larry Spencer.
"Every day since Monday," Spencer said. "Helicopters, FBI, county, everybody."
He lives on Cannery Loop, a tiny road just outside of Lovingston. He says agents have spent a lot of time searching the woods along Route 29 near his house. They have also searched inside Spencer's home.
"I was like, 'Sure, I've got nothing to hide,'" Spencer said. "So the FBI and the county searched my house, my brother's house. Everybody up the road."
He says the agents are focused on Cannery Lane because "the last ping on her cell phone was pretty strong in this area."
Cannery Lane is a half mile north of the Liberty gas station in Lovingston where Alexis was last seen. The FBI released surveillance images showing Alexis at that gas station Saturday night. However, she told her parents she was headed south to Lynchburg to go shopping. But Cannery Lane is north of the gas station. It's in the same direction as Albemarle County, where her car was later found.
Dispatchers confirmed that the FBI was once again using a search helicopter on Friday. A helicopter was seen along Route 29 in southern Albemarle County Friday afternoon, near Plank Road.
That is roughly the mid-point between the Liberty gas station in Lovingston and the Carmike Cinemas parking lot where Alexis' car was found.
"I hope she turns up in a few days," said Carmike manager Raymond Kilburn. "I'm praying for the best."
Kilburn says there is nothing good about being connected to this investigation.
"It's very disturbing," Kilburn said. "I'm trying to offer a family business here and I hate to think that Charlottesville is the kind of place where this can happen."
Kilburn says the Carmike Cinemas had posters of Alexis posted all week, but he took them down on Friday to get ready for weekend crowds.
Those with information about Alexis are urged to call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office at 434-263-7050.