The remains of a Virginia teen who vanished in 2013 have been discovered, local authorities confirmed.
Alexis Tiara Murphy, 17, of Nelson County, went missing on Aug. 3, 2013, after visiting a gas station in the town of Lovingston, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office said.
Since then, authorities periodically continued searching — until they discovered her remains on private property near Stagebridge Road, along Route 29 in Lovingston, on Dec. 3, police said this week.
The medical examiner’s office positively identified the remains as Murphy’s on Feb. 5, authorities said.
Officials delayed notifying the community to allow the family time to grieve and make proper arrangements.
“Our family is so grateful for the continuing love, support and prayers for Alexis and our family over the past 7 years,” Murphy’s family said in a statement issued to the police department. “While we have been grieving the loss of Alexis since 2013, we remained hopeful that she would be found alive