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BREAKING: Suspect arrested, charged with abduction in Alexis Murphy case

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NELSON COUNTY, VA -

11:35 p.m. update:

FBI continues to actively search in the Cannery Loop area.

 According to our NBC affiliate in Charlottesville, the FBI has completely blocked off a property right off Route 29 in Lovingston. Two federal agents sat in a car blocking the driveway of the property. Behind that car was a number of large, unmarked vehicles and additional FBI agents. Agents on the scene would not say whether they were searching for Alexis Murphy or for clues in her case.

An FBI spokesperson also would not release any details as to what agents were doing along Cannery Loop.

Meanwhile, news of an arrest in the Murphy case is stirring a slew of emotions for the Murphy family. Our NBC affiliate in Charlottesville was the first on the scene to speak with the family.  They say they are glad there is a break in the case, but are still waiting for Alexis to come home.

"Obviously it's very bittersweet to know that they have a suspect, but Alexis isn't home yet. But it's a jolt of energy, hope and faith," said Angela Taylor.

The family is hopeful they'll know more about where Murphy is sometime on Monday.

Sunday marks day eight of the Nelson County teen being missing.

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8:30 p.m.:

Our NBC affiliate in Charlottesville reports the FBI is actively searching a wooded area on Route 29 North off Cannery Loop. 

Law Enforcement Source tells NBC29 that they do not expect to have a news conference this evening about the arrest.

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We have breaking news from the FBI that an arrest has been made in the Alexis Murphy case.

This evening, an individual was taken into custody and charged with Abduction in the disappearance of Alexis Tiara Murphy.  This remains an on-going investigation and law enforcement continues to request the public's assistance as they show pictures and conduct interviews and searches.

For the continuing advancement of this sensitive investigation, the suspect's name is not being released at this time.  Additional information will be released at the appropriate time. 

We will continue to bring you more information as it comes in to our newsroom.

 

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