October 16, 2013
The Nelson County Sheriff's Office is putting out a request for backup in its search for missing teenager Alexis Murphy.
Investigators are seeking the extra eyes of hunters.
"What we're focused on here is the fact that there are going to be so many people during the hunting season that are going to be out and about, going through the wooded areas of Nelson County and other surrounding jursidictions, that we wanted to reach out to those people and utilize them as best as we can," Nelson County investigator Billy Mays said.
The 17-year-old vanished almost two-and-a-half months ago. She was last seen Aug. 3 at a Lovingston gas station, and ever since, the search has been hot.
"We're still actively doing things that we've been doing," Mays said. "This case is still an ongoing investigation. It's still moving forward. And searches, I have no doubt, will be coming up in the future that we'll establish and put together."
Mays said there's no new evidence that has led them to request the help of hunters, and he said he's not asking them to search. He's requesting they be more vigilant.
"If they see anything that looks like it could be beneficial or if it looks out of place or not natural, contact the sheriff's office and let us come take a look at it," Mays said.
He added that officials are not looking for anything in particular.
One example, he said, would be the clothing Alexis was last seen wearing -- leopard-print pants, a purple shirt and brown boots. But it's not exclusive or limited to that.
"There's no 'in particular' that I want them to focus on," Mays said. "I just want them to be aware in the areas that they're hunting on, whether it's north, south, east or west, it really doesn't matter. We're just asking that the particular areas they're hunting on that they be a little more vigilant and look closely."
Mays said if anyone finds something suspicious in the woods, he or she should call authorities, mark its location and not tamper with it