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Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham 'Would Not Disappear' Abruptly: Family

Hannah Elizabeth Graham, 18, was last seen late Friday and may have gotten loss on her way home from a party, Charlottesville, Virginia, police said.

The search for Hannah Elizabeth Graham, the 18-year-old University of Virginia student who went missing over the weekend, shifted Tuesday after authorities obtained surveillance footage showing the young woman outside an Irish pub near campus, police said. Police have adjusted the search area to stretch east of McGrady's Pub, where Graham can be seen before walking east in footage recorded at 12:46 a.m. Saturday, just minutes before she told friends via text message she was lost.

Meanwhile, Graham's family said Tuesday she is a conscientious young woman who would not just vanish out of the blue. “Those of us who know and love Hannah know that she would not disappear without contacting family or friends. She is highly responsible and organized,” Graham’s family said in a statement.

“Hannah is not the kind of kid that would just go on a road trip and disappear,” Stephen Rice, the band director at her alma mater, West Potomac High School in Virginia, told NBC Washington. “She was always very diligent with everything she did, and always did everything exactly by the book.”

Graham is described as 5-foot-11, with blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. She was seen on a dorm surveillance camera before her disappearance wearing a black crop top with mesh cutouts and black pants. Graham’s family on Tuesday thanked law enforcement, the University and the missing student’s friends for their help during “this difficult time.”


— Erik Ortiz and Daniel Arkin