NELSON CO., Va. -

Two neighbors on a Nelson County street tell WDBJ7’s Nadine Maeser that FBI agents have searched all of their homes for missing teenager Alexis Murphy.

FBI agents told residents of Cannery Loop that this is the last place a cell tower received a hit from Murphy’s cell phone. Agents searched everything from their rooms to their refrigerators, according to neighbors.

Cannery Loop is in the Lovingston area, very close to Route 29. Click here to see a map. One neighbor says the FBI has been searching homes on the street all week. Right now, FBI agents are searching the woods off Cannery Lane.

Murphy was last seen around 7 p.m. Saturday at a gas station in Lovingston. Her car was found in Charlottesville on Tuesday night.

Investigators are also using helicopters in the search for Murphy. The helicopters have been used sparingly because of recent poor weather.

Murphy, 17, will be a senior at Nelson County High School. School is scheduled to start Monday at Nelson County. School counselors will be available for students who need help coping with her disappearance.

"It's part of our plan to help the student sthrough this tough time," said Nelson County Hjgh School Principal Todd Weidow. "We realize this is a tough time for everyone."

Murphy is also a member of the volleyball team. Longtime volleyball coach Vicki Crawford says the team is taking Murphy's disappearance very hard. But she says that they are all holding out hope. Murphy was named captain for her senior season. Last season she was named all district. Crawford described Murphy as a great leader and hard worker.

The community held a candlelight vigil for Murphy Thursday night. The school year at Nelson County High School is scheduled to start Monday.


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Investigators are using helicopters in the search for missing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy.

Murphy was last seen around 7 p.m. Saturday in Lovingston. Her car was found in Charlottesville. Investigators have only been able to use helicopters sparingly because of the weather.

Murphy, 17, will be a senior at Nelson County High School. She is a volleyball player. The community held a candlelight vigil for her Thursday night.

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Investigators are continuing to broaden their search efforts for Alexis Murphy.

They tell WDBJ 7 that they are focusing much of the search along Route 29. Investigators believe Route 29 is the last place Murphy's car was seen traveling before she was reported missing. 

Investigators say they have learned that Murphy's cell phone is no longer active, but wouldn't comment on whether or not they have located the phone.

They are following up on all tips and leads but at this point in the investigation, they are under the assumption that Murphy is still in Virginia.

At this point, investigators are still treating her disappearance as a missing persons case.

The FBI released surveillance images Thursday of Alexis Murphy going into Liberty Gas Station in Lovingston around 7:00 p.m. Saturday.

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The family of missing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy begged for her safe return during a news conference Wednesday in Lovingston.

The family and FBI also asked for the public’s help in providing information about Taylor’s disappearance. Click here to watch the entire news conference. Murphy hasn't been seen since Saturday.

“Please, just help get her home safely,” Alexis’ aunt Angela Taylor said. “We miss you.”

In a development Wednesday, investigators say Alexis Murphy was seen on surveillance video at a Liberty Gas Station in Lovingston around 7 p.m. Saturday. Investigators wouldn't comment on whether or not Murphy was with someone.