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Update: Investigators Moving From Command Post in Search for Alexis Murphy

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UPDATE: 9:58 a.m.

Nelson Co., VA - Law enforcement officers say they are headed in the right direction in the search for a missing Nelson County teenager.

Alexis Murphy was last seen a week ago. The search now spans from Lovingston to Charlottesville.

The command post in Lovingston is staffed 24 hours a day.

One officer says the Murphy case is the largest case of his entire career.

The foot search will resumed at sunrise Saturday and investigators say they won't rest until they find her.

Friday evening on Route 29 near Eades Lane, there were about a dozen K9s with their handlers along with FBI agents and state police were combing a wooded area.

The area right across the street from Cannery Loop is where Murphy's cell

phone is believed to have last pinged off cell phone towers.

Investigators say they focused another search in the western part of the county. So far nothing substantial has been found, however.

Alexis Murphy was last seen August 3. She told her family she was heading to Lynchburg, but investigators now say there's no indication she ever made it.

On Tuesday, her car was discovered in the parking lot of a movie theatre near Charlottesville.

"I hope they find the girl. It's sad to think that something could happen in this neighborhood like this. But you never know," said Larry Spencer, who lives on Cannery Loop.

Investigators say this is still considered a missing person's case.

Alexis Murphy is supposed to start her senior year of high school on Monday. Her family's hoping she'll be there.

 

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Update 6:50 p.m.:

Nelson Co., VA - There are some new developments in the search for Alexis Murphy, the 17-year-old who disappeared in Nelson County six days ago.

Our reporter on the scene says there's been a lot of movement in the last half hour, and investigators are leaving the command post at the Lovingston Volunteer Fire Station.

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Update 4 p.m.:

Nelson Co., VA - The search for a missing Nelson County teenager stretches now into its sixth day, and there is still no sign of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy.

A tremendous amount of resources have been put into this search. The state police helicopter scoured Nelson and Albemarle Counties Friday while investigators searched along Route 29 by foot.

Alexis Murphy was last seen Saturday evening when she told her family she was headed to Lynchburg to get her hair done. But, investigators say there's no indication she ever made it there.

On Tuesday, her car was discovered near Charlottesville at the Carmike Six Cinemas on Gardens Boulevard.

The FBI continues to search property on Cannery Loop here in Nelson County.

Neighbors say Murphy's cell phone last pinged off towers in this area.

"I hope they find the girl. It's sad to think that something could happen in this neighborhood like this. But you never know," said Larry Spencer, who lives on Cannery Loop.

As the days and hours pass by, investigators are growing more and more concerned.

Officials ask that anyone with information about Alexis Murphy call authorities at 434-263-7050.

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Nelson Co., VA - Investigators working to find the missing Nelson County teen, Alexis Murphy, say nothing in the case indicates that she ever went to Lynchburg the night she went missing.

Around 100 law enforcement personnel are involved in the search now for the 17-year-old who was last seen Saturday night.

Officials from several departments, including the FBI, are re-interviewing several people, not because these people are persons of interest, but because investigators want to make sure they can keep them eliminated as persons of interest.

They do say they have several "places of interest" they are going to search Friday. This means crews will be walking through areas searching for any clues. 

Helicopters will be back in the air searching more open areas and trying to identify points of interest that may be accessible by vehicle.

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