August 7, 2013
The search continues for missing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy. It has been four days since anyone has reported seeing the 17 year old, who was believed to be heading to the Lynchburg area on Saturday.
A press conference at the Lovingston Fire Department Wednesday afternoon did not produce many new details into the investigation, but those working on the case are pleading for the community to come forward with any tips that could aid in finding her.
"We really need the public's help," said FBI Richmond special agent Jeffrey Mazanec. "Someone has got information that we need to solve this case."
Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks says a detailed flyer distributed to statewide media has generated new leads. The FBI says all options and possibilities are still open.
Two of Murphy's aunts spoke on behalf of the family at Wednesday's presser.
"We really have got to get her home. Our family is just struggling with this, and we really do need the public to come forward with any information that you may have," said an emotional Angela Taylor, one of Murphy's aunts.
Her other aunt spoke directly to the missing teen.
"Alexis, if you're out there and you can hear us, just know that your family loves you. We will never stop until you are home. Our family circle is broken right now, but it will be mended," said Trina Murphy.
In an interview with sister station WSET, Murphy's uncle, Michael Brown, has revealed new information.
Brown says he and Alexis' grandmother live together at Rio Hill Apartments, which he estimates to be "about 20 yards" from the location where the car Murphy was driving was located on Tuesday night.
The Nissan Maxima was found around 8:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Carmike Six movie theater in Albemarle County near Albemarle Square Shopping Center.
"You can actually see some of the parking lot from where we live," said Brown.
Brown says the discovery hit closer to home than he would have expected.
"Just, you know, really realizing that the car was found in our backyard is kind of...it makes you feel a little wary, a little concerned with a sense of urgency -- okay, where is she at? Is she in our backyard? Is she located in our neighborhood?" said Brown.
Brown had words for anyone who may be with Alexis.
"If she's around someone and she's not wanting to be around that person, just let her go. Just keep it simple," said Brown. "Everybody's looking for her. We're going to find her, so you can let her go now and make it easy for yourself."
The FBI has set up a webpage seeking more information about the teen's disappearance. To view the post, click HERE.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office at 434-263-7050.