August 8, 2013
The father of Nelson County missing teen Alexis Murphy is taking the search into his own hands.
On Thursday Troy Brown was in Harrisonburg, posting flyers with pictures of his daughter.
"I'm hoping, praying," Brown said. "Got my faith and I'm reassured that we're going to find her."
He last saw Alexis Saturday night, when she borrowed his car to go shopping in Lynchburg. But she did not come home that night, and Brown's Nissan Maxima was found three days later in Albemarle County, in the parking lot of the Carmike Six Theater.
"It was devastating when they found the car," Brown said. "Knowing that she wasn't in it or around it. It was just devastating."
Brown has already posted flyers about Alexis closer to home, in Nelson County. He says he's now widening the search because he has nowhere else to look.
"I'm just desperate," Brown said. "I'm a father. I'm desperate. I've got to find her."
Brown says his daughter was not the type of girl to stay out late and not come home on time.
"She always calls," Brown said. "Makes her curfew and everything."
Brown says, when he calls her phone now, it goes straight to voicemail. Brown did express some concerns about how much Alexis shared about herself on Facebook, and with her 11,000 followers on Twitter.
"There's always questions about that," Brown said. "I'm a father, so you're going to think that way."
Alexis' grandmother, Janet Brown, is much more concerned with what Alexis put online. She says she did not realize the type of pictures and messages Alexis was posting. Janet Brown is concerned that Alexis attracted the wrong type of crowd.
Regardless, Troy Brown says his daughter needs to know that she is welcome home.
"Alexis, I love you," he said, speaking directly to his daughter. "I'm looking for you. I haven't given up. Come home."
Those with information are asked to call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office at 434-263-7050.