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No. 3 story of 2013: Alexis Murphy disappearance

Published On: Dec 30 2013 06:00:00 PM EST

The teen hasn't been seen since August 3rd.


WDBJ7 is counting down the top seven stories of 2013.

The disappearance of Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy comes in at number three.

January will mark five months since the 17-year-old was last seen in her hometown of Lovingston.

It was news that shocked a small town and made national headlines.

"If anybody knows anything. I just want my daughter back," Laura Murphy said.

17-year-old Alexis Murphy was last seen on August 3rd leaving this Liberty gas station in Nelson County.

"She's missing her senior year and she was very excited for her senior year. Playing volleyball and being the captain on the team. She was very excited and it hurts a whole lot," Laura Murphy said.

In a matter of hours the Nelson County Sheriff's Office, The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other surrounding agencies embarked on a massive search through this tough terrain for the missing teen.

"This case has pretty much consumed every minute of my days for over the past month," said Billy Mays, the lead investigator with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office.

Days later investigators found Murphy's abandoned 2003 Nissan Maxima in a movie theater parking lot in Charlottesville. And on August 11, 48-year-old Randy Taylor was arrested and charged in connection to her disappearance.

It's been months since she was last seen but the community is refusing to give up on the search for her.
You can't drive through Nelson County on Route 29 without seeing pink ribbons or Alexis' face.

"Please know and believe we will never give up on you,” said Trina Murphy, Alexis’ aunt.

This season has not been an easy one for the Murphys as they were forced to spend the holidays without their daughter. But they are holding on to hope that they will get closure, and justice will be served.

Taylor is the only person charged in connection to Murphy's disappearance.

He is still being held in the Albermarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail without bond. His trial is set to begin in early February.