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Update: Arrest Made in Alexis Murphy case, FBI reports

UPDATE: Livingston man charged in teen’s abduction

UPDATE from the FBI: Today at 11:30a.m. the Nelson County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will hold a press conference regarding Alexis’ case. The press conference will be held at the Fire Station located at 53 Bakers Lane in Lovingston.

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) — A suspect in the case of a missing Nelson County teenager case is in custody.

The FBI and local authorities announced the arrest in a news release issued Sunday night.

Authorities say the suspect is charged with abduction. But they provided no information about the missing teen, 17-year-old Alexis Murphy of Lovingston.

Authorities also declined to release the suspect’s name.

Murphy was last seen Aug. 3 by her family. Her car was found in the parking lot of a multiplex in Charlottesville three days later.

Authorities say the investigation is continuing.


The FBI has released photos of missing teen Alexis Tiara Murphy captured from the gas station where she was last seen on Saturday.”

Alexis, 17, was last seen around 7:15 p.m. on Saturday in Lovingston, Va. She was traveling in a white 2003 Nissan Maxima GLE SE with Virginia license plates WYN-3706.

She was wearing a pink blouse, floral-print (full-length) spandex pants, and brown boots. She was carrying a dark and light colored grey purse.

Alexis Tiara Murphy

Her vehicle was located on Tuesday in Charlottesville, according to the FBI.

The vehicle was found less than half a mile from the store where Alexis worked, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The paper also reported that a family member said she was headed to Lynchburg to get hair extensions for her senior portrait.

The Roanoke Times reported yesterday that the car was found  in the parking lot of a movie theater on U.S. 29 in Albemarle County, about 13 miles north of where Morgan Harrington’s body was found in a remote farm field in 2010.

However, the newspaper reported that Virginia State Police said they have found nothing to link Saturday’s disappearance of the Nelson County teen and Harrington’s disappearance.

Harrington, 20, disappeared in October 2009 while attending at Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. Nine months later, state police announced that forensic evidence tied her death to a 2005 case in Fairfax County involving a 26-year-old woman.

Harrington’s case remains unsolved.

Alexis Tiara Murphy

Alexis is described as follows:

  • Black female
  • 5’7” tall
  • 156 pounds
  • Black hair and brown eyes
  • Alexis has her right nostril and left side of her upper-lip pierced.
The case is a joint investigation led by Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks, Col. Steven Flaherty of Virginia State Police, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Mazanec.
Police ask people to call with any bit of information about Alexis Murphy, saying nothing is too small to pass along.

Anyone who may have seen Alexis or may have information to share is asked to call the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office immediately: 434/263-7050.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is distributing a poster regarding her disappearance. People can also call the center with information: 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)



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  • L Renee Walker

    I Pray that she is found safe.

  • VegGal

    Pretty girl. Hope she is okay.

  • O2binboston

    Prayers for her and her family I hope beyond hope that she is alive. I also hope that at the presser they talk about any connection to the rt29 or Morgan H. killer we must not discount connections until the fbi says so. All women in our area need to stay aware! Check out

  • kimiko gregg

    I pray that she is found safe. God is with her.