The police are searching through an apartment and have confiscated a car from that same Charlottesville apartment complex Friday in association with the disappearance of a University of Virginia student almost a week ago. Hannah Graham, age 18, of Alexandria, Virginia, has been missing since last Saturday. Her friends heard from her last when she sent them a text message about 1:18 a.m. EDT after she explained to them she had decided to go to a party, but she thought she had gotten lost.
The college sophomore had met up with her pals for dinner at a restaurant on Friday evening. They then went to various parties that were occurring at two different locations away from the University campus. She proceeded to leave the second one by herself, stated Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo. Graham had reportedly been drinking and might have had diminished judgment.
Law enforcement received a search warrant for the automobile and apartment and decided to spend numerous hours at the apartment on Friday afternoon. It is located about three miles from the business district area where Graham was last spotted, Chief Longo explained to various media sources. At the present time, there have been no arrests made.
Carter Johnson, who is listed as a public information officer for the Albemarle Police Department, also spoke to the media as well and said that the police were initially at the apartment complex to search and seize a vehicle. However, while they were there, they obviously discovered enough probable cause to go and look through the apartment.
It was on Thursday that Virginia police released information that they were looking for a man that they called a person of interest in Graham’s missing case. There had been a video seen of the University student and the man had apparently been seen walking with Graham at the Charlottesville Downtown Mall about 1:15 a.m. Saturday. The mystery man is believed to be in his late 20’s or early 30’s, nearly six foot, African-American, 250 to 285 pounds and having a shaved head, goatee, and large belly.
At the time of the video, the man was wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans. He and Graham had apparently began talking in the minutes just before she disappeared, according to the surveillance video. It is unknown if they knew each other or if the man was attempting to help her in some way, explained the police.
Graham is almost six foot tall with brown hair and blue eyes. She also has freckles. She was wearing a black and gold crop top and black dress pants when she vanished. Today, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management plans to have a mass search in hope of discovering new leads in helping find clues to Graham’s disappearance. Each of the volunteers will be required to register online in advance and will be subject to background checks.
A reward of $50,000 is being offered in the case. It includes $10,000 from the city of Charlottesville, $10,000 from the University of Virginia and individual donations that have come in from local businesses and individuals. They are all wondering what police have found as they searched in an apartment on Friday for possible clues leading to missing college student Hannah Graham.
By Kimberly Ruble