The FBI is holding an 11:30 a.m. press conference Monday to update the media on the case of a missing Nelson County 17-year-old.
Agents arrested an individual and charged him Sunday night with abducting Alexis Murphy. However, there is still no sign of Alexis.
Investigators are keeping many of the details of the arrest classified. Until now, Alexis was only classified as "missing." With this person being charged with abducting her, a clearer idea is forming of what has happened to her.
FBI agents are scouring a property off Route 29 in Lovingston, not too far south of Charlottesville. An active FBI investigation unfolded just after that arrest was announced. NBC29 in Charlottesville reports that agents are specifically targeting a property near the Cannery Loop. Investigators completely blocked off a property. A number of large, unmarked vehicles were seen at the site and investigators worked the scene into the night. There is no word on whether agents are searching for Alexis Murphy, or clues in her case.
NBC29 has reported that police searched that same area off Route 29, along with homes, last Monday and Friday. Neighbors say investigators tracked Alexis's last cell phone activity to the Lovingston area, as well.
Reports are surfacing online, revealing a supposed name of the suspect arrested, and how this person is connected to the case. NBC12 is choosing not to reveal that information at this time, at the request of the FBI. Agents do not want to compromise the investigation.
Meanwhile, Alexis's family says the arrest is a bittersweet development in her abduction.
"Exciting. Obviously, very bittersweet to know that they have a suspect, but Alexis isn't home yet. But a jolt of energy, hope and faith," said Angela Taylor, Alexis's aunt.
"It's been determined that she really was abducted, and we have a suspect and they're in custody, that's major," said another aunt, Trina Taylor.
On Saturday of this past weekend, FBI agents were showing pictures of a man to businesses owners in Charlottesville. No word on how that man is connected to the case, if at all. Days before that, surveillance pictures surfaced of Alexis at a gas station. Investigators also found Alexis's car outside a movie theater in Albemarle County, Tuesday. Dogs had tracked Alexis's scent to nearby apartments.
However, there is still no sign of Alexis, as her family and an entire community continue to pray for her return. For that community, the new school year begins first thing Monday morning. School staff are preparing to help Alexis' classmates deal with this difficult situation.
"What we will try to do is help try to help each individual student… work through it and use our guidance counselors to help them…They will be available to come to school on Monday," said Principal Todd Weidow. Weidow says he expects emotions to be high.
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