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UPDATE: Investigators Asking for Public's Help in Search for Missing Teen

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Thursday 8/8/13

Family and friends are planning to hold a candlelight vigil Thursday for Alexis Murphy, the 17-year-old from Nelson County who went missing Saturday, Aug. 3. It will be at 7:30 p.m. at Nelson County High School's football field.

This comes after Murphy's family made a public plea alongside investigators for the public's help in the search for Murphy.

"I just want to say ... We really have got to get her home. And I want to let Alexis know that we're working on bringing you home," Angela Taylor, a family member of Murphy's, said at a press conference.

At that same press conference investigators said they were counting on the public's help to expand on leads in the case, and didn't have anything new to report on the investigation.

The Nelson County High School student was last seen on surveillance video at a gas station in Lovingston Saturday night.

Her car was found Tuesday at a movie theater parking lot in Northern Albemarle County.

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The Albemarle County Sheriff confirms the white Nissan Maxima of Alexis Murphy was found in the parking lot of Carmike Cinemas on Route 29 North.

Police from Nelson County, the Virginia State Police, and the FBI are looking for the missing teen. Alexis Tiara Murphy was last seen on the evening of August 3, 2013 at around 7:15 p.m. at her home in Lovingston. At the time, she was wearing a pink blouse, floral-print full-length spandex pants, and brown boots. She was carrying a dark and light colored gray purse.

Here is the description of Alexis provided by police:

  • Black female
  • 5 feet 7 inches tall
  • 156 pounds
  • Black hair and brown eyes

More than 50 police officers and analysts are currently involved in the search for Alexis. The search area extends for 30 miles north and south of Lovingston. Many tips have been received, and officials are reviewing all of them and conducting interviews.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a link on the case.