August 10, 2013
One week ago Friday is the last time family and friends have heard from Alexis Murphy.
The search continues for the 17-year-old Nelson County girl. CBS19's media partner, Blue Ridge Life Magazine, confirmed with the FBI on Friday that Alexis' cell phone has not been found. But friends and community members are reaching out in their own ways.
"She's not forgotten and just to support the family too," said Ramona Bryant who is in the same graduating class as Alexis Murphy.
Early Saturday morning Ramona and her mother, Jayne, picked up dozens of pink ribbons from local florists.
"We put them all the way from Alexis' home to Lovingston," said Jayne Bryant.
The Liberty gas station, where Alexis was last seen by surveillance video from inside the convenience store, has several ribbons.
It's all for Alexis Murphy who has been missing for almost a week now.
"We just think it's a great idea to have them up so people can see and are aware," Ramona said.
She says she's not best friends with Alexis but had a few classes with her and felt like she had to do something.
"I'm gonna always remember this you know even when I grow up and look back on my high school years. It's just a really memorable, sad mark," said Ramona.
With the help of three local florists, they're covering the whole county. Teresa Taylor of Blossom's Florists is one of those florists and says Alexis' mother and grandmother have been coming into her shop for years.
"I have three children and five grandchildren of my own and I can only imagine what they're going through and this is only a small token I can do," Taylor said.
Until Alexis comes home, Ramona and her mother say they won't stop pinning the pink ribbons.
"That's what we want, we want Nelson to be pink for Alexis," Jayne said.
Local, state and federal agents continue to search the Lovingston area with nothing new to report as of Saturday evening.