Suspect arrested for abducting Nelson County teen

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Authorities continue searching after a suspect was arrested in connection with the disappearance of a missing Nelson County teen.

The FBI said in a news release late Sunday that an individual was taken into custody and charged with abduction in 17-year-old Alexis Murphy’s disappearance.

However, the FBI said the investigation was still ongoing and asked the public for help as they search for the teen, who was last seen at a gas station in Lovingston on Aug. 3.

Officials said they are not yet releasing the suspect’s name since their investigation is ongoing.

Joe St. George reports that FBI agents and law enforcement officers were searching a property off Route 29 as of 10 p.m. Sunday.

Alexis’ disappearance has rocked the small town. News of an arrest provided some comfort, but folks are anxiously awaiting word of the teen’s whereabouts.

Stay with WTVR.com and watch CBS 6 News for the latest updates on this developing story.

FBI agents and state police focused their efforts on finding Murphy in the Cannery Loop neighborhood, just right off of Route 29, in Nelson County on Friday. A

bout 100 law enforcement agents searched a Lovingston neighborhood called Cannery Loop. Residents said FBI agents told them that their neighborhood is the last place a cell tower received a hit from Murphy’s cell phone.

CBS 6 INVESTIGATES: According to Virginia State Police, 261 children have been reported missing as of Aug. 1.

CBS 6 INVESTIGATES: According to Virginia State Police, 261 children have been reported missing as of Aug. 1.

The FBI released two surveillance photos earlier in the week of Alexis entering a gas station in Lovingston on Saturday.

Troy Brown, the girl’s father, said she borrowed his car that night to go shopping in Lynchburg. He said he was shocked when the car turned up in Albemarle three days later.

Investigators have said nothing in the case indicates that Murphy ever went to Lynchburg the night she disappeared.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: The Search for Alexis Murphy

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