NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—The search continues for Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy, who went missing nearly four months ago on Aug. 3.
On Dec. 1, Murphy's friends and family gathered for a massive search in the area in which she was last seen. The theme of Sunday's search was "Hope;" Murphy's loved ones haven't given up hope that she is still alive. The community still wants to see her come home in time for the holidays.
B.B. Shavers is president of the Lynchburg-based group SHOPO, which stands for Self Help Obtaining Positive Opportunities. The organization helped gather nearly 200 volunteers to continue the search for Alexis Murphy.
"Today proves that you got a lot of people that care," Shavers said. "And a lot of people here support the Murphy family to find this talented young lady."
The group searched along U.S. Route 29 and the property of Randy Taylor, the man charged in Murphy's disappearance.
Murphy's aunt, Angela Taylor, has one goal in mind.
"Just to find any clues that can bring us closer to bringing Alexis home for the holidays," she said.
SHOPO organized the search within the last week, and Murphy's family says the support is humbling—even if the search comes up empty.
"We have received nothing but an outpouring of support … all the way from California," Angela Taylor said. "It has really reached across this country."
Though it's been months since Murphy was last seen, her family believes she is still alive, and won't rest until the 17-year-old is found.
"You can't ever give up," Shavers said. "When I speak to Alexis' mom, that's one thing she said: ‘We're not gonna give up.'"
Authorities also continue to investigate Murphy's disappearance. A trial has been set for Randy Taylor, who is currently being held in jail.
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