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Murphy, 17, disappeared on Aug. 3, 2013.

LOVINGSTON — The search will resume next month for the remains of missing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy, Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks said.

Murphy, 17, disappeared on Aug. 3, 2013.

Surveillance footage captured the last known images of her at a Liberty gas station on U.S. 29 in Lovingston. Her family believes she stopped there on her way to Lynchburg to get hair extensions for her senior portrait.

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office was searching an area in Orange County as recently as August but delayed the search until the fall due to thick vegetation, Brooks said.

The search is not connected to any other current cases, he said.

Authorities found Murphy’s car three days after her disappearance at the Carmike Cinemas movie theater in Albemarle County.

FBI agents, county deputies, and state police searched a 60-mile length of U.S. 29, from Lynchburg to Charlottesville looking for signs of Murphy.

Randy Allen Taylor, 48, was arrested eight days after Murphy’s disappearance and charged with abduction. The charges later were upgraded to murder.

In May, Taylor was convicted of murder in the commission of an abduction and abduction with intent to defile in Murphy’s disappearance. He was sentenced to serve two life terms and currently is held in the Powhatan Correctional Center.

“It’s an ongoing search we will continue until we find her,” Brooks said.

Public safety officials from Nelson and Orange counties will participate in the search.

The newest search comes shortly after human remains were found off Old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County. Charlottesville Police have stated the remains likely are of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. A positive identification by the Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is expected soon.

Brooks said the cases are unrelated.

Anyone with information about Murphy’s disappearance is asked to call the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 263-7050.