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Alexis Murphy’s Cell Phone Found; Teen Still Missing

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NELSON COUNTY, Va.—Exactly one month after Alexis Tiara Murphy disappeared, the FBI announced that the teen's cell phone had been recovered, but the 17-year-old remains missing.

Search teams combed parts of the Rockfish River area Saturday looking for anything that could help find Alexis Murphy, missing since she left her Nelson County home August 3.

Multiple phones have been analyzed during the course of the investigation; but on Tuesday, authorities announced they had positively identified one of the phones as Murphy's.

Meanwhile, according to reports from WSET in Lynchburg, a red sweater found by crews searching for clues in Murphy's disappearance on Saturday did not belong to Alexis.

Wearing a pink shirt with her daughter's picture on it, Laura Murphy wiped away tears as she recalled the past thirty days.

"She was looking forward to her senior year and for someone to take that from her, it hurts; it really does," Laura Murphy, Alexis' mother said. "Each day I just wait for the phone call that they found her, so I still have a lot of hope and faith."

Despite the recovery of Alexis' cell phone, there have no major breaks in the case since the arrest of suspect Randy Taylor.

Randy Allen Taylor, 48, of Livingston, was has been charged with felony abduction and remains behind bars with out bond.

Investigators have been very tight lipped about the search, and won't say where the missing teen's cell phone was found.

Meanwhile, Alexis's mother says she is still hoping someone comes forward with information that will help bring her daughter home.

"I just want people to know that if they know anything, just anything, if they can remember something or anything if they could just come forward and call in," Laura Murphy said. "I just miss my daughter so much because we did a lot together and in my heart I feel she is still out there."

The Nelson County Sheriff's Office, the Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate Murphy's disappearance.

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