November 26, 2013
A new search is coming up this weekend relating to the case of Alexis Murphy as the Nelson County teen's family prepares for a Thanksgiving without her at the table.
"It's getting harder with the holidays coming up and Thanksgiving and just knowing she's not going to be there on Thanksgiving," said Angela Taylor, one of Alexis' aunts. "It's just difficult."
The family of Alexis is still trying to find ways to cope with her disappearance. She was last seen at a Lovingston gas station on Aug. 3.
"You cry a lot. Like, every little thing that reminds me of her brings tears to my eyes," Taylor said. "There are just some days when I'm at work and I cry the entire time I'm there."
Taylor says with each day, the pain of not having Alexis around doesn't get easier to handle, especially as the holidays approach.
"When everybody else is with their loved ones and families, our family is still broken and missing that piece," she said.
Now, the family is gearing up for a weekend search organized by the community. A group out of Lynchburg called SHOPO Nation is trying to get many people out to scour the Route 29 corridor and find any clues that could help in the case. It's giving those who have wanted to help the family a chance to contribute.
"The community and people have been asking for that, so we were like, 'OK, let's turn it over in the hands of the community and see what we can come up with,'" Taylor said.
Family says they expect between 400 and 500 people to help in the search.
As the investigation continues and the family prepares to come together for Thanksgiving, they are looking for a break in the teen's disappearance to bring some holiday hope to the table.
"Wanting to talk to her and hear her voice and knowing that I might not ever get that chance again makes that difficult," Taylor said.