Friends and family are taking the hunt for Alexis Murphy into their own hands.

They're planning to look for the missing teenager this weekend in Nelson County.  It will be the first public search since she disappeared in August.

Volunteers will comb the Route 29 corridor, starting at the Liberty gas station in Lovingston where Murphy was last seen.

The event is being organized by Murphy's aunt, Trina, the SHOPO Foundation for Youth, and SHOPO Women in Lynchburg.

"Everyone is encouraged to come out and join us, because the more people we get out there, the more chances we have of finding or seeing something that is going to be pertinent to helping bring Alexis back home," said B.B. Shavers, an organizer of the event.

The search will happen Sunday, December 1 from noon until dusk.

Volunteers and donations are needed.  Organizers are asking businesses to donate bottled water and orange safety vests to protect search participants.

Groups interested in taking part in the search will meet at E.C. Glass High School at 10:30 Sunday morning.  For more information, contact Shavers at (434) 907-7508 or e-mail