Alexis Murphy disappearance: Volunteers to continue search

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP/WJLA) - Volunteers are heading out this weekend to search for a Nelson County teenager who was last seen in early August.

The Daily Progress reports that the search for Alexis Murphy will start Sunday in Lovingston, where she was last seen at a gas station on Aug. 3.

The 17-year-old Shipman woman told her family she was headed to Lexington for a shopping trip. When she did not return, authorities launched a search that located her car in Albemarle County parking lot several days later.

A 48-year-old Lovingston man, Randy Allen Taylor, has been charged with her disappearance. He has denied the charge.

Taylor's lawyer has said police should be pursuing a man who visited his Taylor's camper with Murphy and purchased marijuana from Taylor on the night Murphy disappeared. Authorities have declined to comment on Taylor's claim about the other man.

Those who want to join the search are asked to meet at E.C. Glass High School at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Volunteers will walk along U.S. 29, near where Murphy was last seen. Volunteers will also comb the area between the gas station and the area where her phone last pinged, near the home of Taylor.

Sunday's search is coordinated by members of Self Help Obtaining Positive Opportunities, or SHOPO, a women's group and roadside clean-up crew.