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The remains of a teenager have been found seven years after she disappeared from a petrol station.
Alexis Murphy was 17-years-old in 2013 when she went missing in Virginia.
She was last seen on August 3 and was reported missing after she failed to return home after going to get her hair done for the school picture.
Her remains were discovered on a private property on December 3, the Nelson County Sheriff's Office said on social media.
On February 5 the police received positive identification of the remains as belonging to Alexis.
However, police have not disclosed what led authorities to the remains.
Despite being identified earlier, the department said it did not release information out of respect to the family, reports Daily Mail.
The sheriff's office press release said: "With careful consideration for Alexis' family being paramount, notification to the community was delayed to allow them time to grieve and make proper arrangements."
Alexis's family have also released a statement: "Our family is so grateful for the continuing love, support and prayers for Alexis and our family over the past 7 years. While we have been grieving the loss of Alexis since 2013, we remained hopeful that she would be found alive and well."
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The statement adds: "Alexis was the fashionista, athlete and joker of our family; we were blessed to have loved her for 17 years and her memory will continue to live on through us all.
"Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude to the citizens of Nelson County, the FBI, the Virginia State Police, the Nelson County Sheriff's Office and all of the search and rescue teams for your commitment and unwavering support to find Alexis. You all kept the promise made in 2013, to bring Alexis home!
"During this time, we ask that you continue to lift our family up in prayer and in the words of Alexis, 'Keep Hope Alive'"
Randy Allen Taylor, 55, was convicted in 2014 of first-degree murder in commission of an abduction and abduction with intent to defile.
He was sentenced to two life terms, however he maintains his innocence.
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