Investigators mum about Alexis Murphy river search

Posted at 1:39 PM, Sep 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-02 13:39:07-04

NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -- Investigators in Nelson County are being tightlipped about what, if anything, they discovered during a river search for clues about a missing teen.

Authorities will not say if they found a piece of Alexis Murphy’s clothing in a river over the weekend.

Search crews were looking in and around the Rockfish River off Route 29 Saturday morning for clues in the case of the 17-year-old Nelson County teen who disappeared on Aug. 3.

Investigators are being tight-lipped about why they were at that location and what may have been found. However, Saturday's search may be connected to Randy Taylor, the man charged with Murphy’s abduction, according to WVIR.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: The Search for Alexis Murphy

COMPLETE COVERAGE: The Search for Alexis Murphy

There have been reports that search crews may have found an item of clothing in the river that they bagged as possible evidence. It is not clear if that item is a shirt that looks like a red sweater spotted in a surveillance photo of Alexis in Lovingston on Aug. 3.

That was the last thing she was seen wearing before she disappeared. There have been reports that the item taken from the river may have been a red sweater, but CBS 6 News has not been able to confirm.

CBS 6 News reached out to one of Alexis’ family members who said investigators are releasing little information about the item of clothing or if it belongs to Alexis.

The Lake Monticello rescue team and volunteer squad was among 12 crews searching eight locations along Route 29 on Saturday investigators think Taylor may have traveled leading up to Alexis' disappearance.

Police arrested Taylor on Aug. 12 on abduction charges. He remains behind bars after a judge denied bond. The case will go before a grand jury on Sept. 26.

Stay with and CBS 6 News for complete coverage of the search for Alexis Murphy. 

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