Murphy, 17, will be a senior at Nelson County High School. She was on the volleyball team.


WDBJ7 talked to Nelson County Investigator William Mays on Tuesday, at 8:22 a.m.

Mays said weather is playing a major role in the resources investigators are using to find Alexis Murphy.

The ground team is still in place for the search, but Mays says both helicopters are grounded right now because of weather.

On Tuesday morning investigators gathered inside the Tye River Elementary School gym. The school is being used as a command post for law enforcement. Investigators have covered up the windows at the command post.

Mays says they will start Tuesday morning fresh by reviewing all the information collected from Monday, as well as following up on leads that have come through the tip line.

WDBJ7 has a crew waiting outside of the elementary school where investigators have set-up the command post.

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Several law enforcement agencies are searching for a missing teenager from Nelson County.

17-year-old Alexis Murphy was last seen around 6 p.m. Saturday. She left her Shipman home Saturday en route to the Lynchburg area to do some shopping. She hasn’t been heard or seen since.

Law enforcement, including the FBI and Virginia State Police, are using helicopters in the search for Murphy. When asked if the 17-year-old Murphy was abducted, Nelson County Sheriff's Office investigator William Mays declined to comment.

"We just want her to come home safe," Mays said.

Murphy was driving a 2003 white Nissan Maxima with the license plates "WYN 3706."  She was last seen wearing leopard-print Capri pants and a burgundy long-sleeve T-shirt.

Mays says that Murphy is very close to her family, and she was looking forward to playing in a high school volleyball tournament later this week. She will be a senior at Nelson County High School.

"Alexis is missed very much by friends and family and loved ones," Mays said. "We know she loves her family and we know the entire community is doing everything possible to bring her home safely."

Anyone with information about Murphy's whereabouts is asked to call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office tip line at 877-570-8477. No piece of information is too small, and every detail is important, Mays said.

The Nelson County Sheriff's Office held a news conference Monday night at Tye River Elementary School.