Group heads up new search effort to find Alexis Murphy

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Saturday marks two weeks since anyone has seen 17-year-old Alexis Murphy and NBC12 has learned new details about the search efforts to find her.

While the FBI isn't revealing much about its operations, a group of pilots is stepping up to help with some unique equipment.

The group goes by the name "parasearchers" and they use powered paragliding to search for missing people, including Alexis Murphy.

The group searched a remote farm in Albemarle County Friday. The same farm where the remains belonging to murdered Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington were found in 2010.

David Dubin, the group founder, says Anchorage Farm seemed like a good place to start.

"It seems like a middle distance between Randy Taylor's home and Charlottesville where her car was found," Dubin said.

Randy Taylor is the man charged with abducting Alexis.

The FBI has said, there is no link between Murphy's disappearance and Morgan Harrington's but for Dubin, he says as long as someone is looking - it helps.

David Dubin's started his group two years ago, when his Tennessee community was rocked by the disappearance of 20-year-old Holly Bobo.

"We're pilots that love to fly and love helping other people so those two just fit very well," said Dubin.

Dubin says, parasearchers can see things others can't by flying lower than a plane and remaining above the ground.

The FBI won't say where they are searching, but in the last 24 hours, their command center has moved from Nelson to Albemarle County though they won't say why.

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