Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, are conducting a widespread search for missing college student Hannah Elizabeth Graham and have brought in a bloodhound and seized electronic equipment from the 18-year-old's apartment in the hopes of finding her. "This investigation has been aggressive and will continue to be aggressive," police chief Tim Longo said at a press conference Wednesday. He asked Charlottesville landowners to inspect their properties for the missing girl, and said more than 100 tips have been sent in. The FBI is also assisting in the search.
The University of Virginia sophomore vanished early Saturday after leaving an off-campus party. New surveillance, taken outside of a Charlottesville bar at 12:46 a.m. Saturday showed Graham briefly interacting with someone before walking east alone, police said. About 10 minutes later, she was caught on camera outside of a gas station, first walking, and then running before resuming a slower pace. At 1 a.m., a witness told police they saw Graham walking toward downtown. Twenty minutes later, Graham sent a text to her friend.
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Authorities believe Graham was intoxicated, but said that shouldn't be a focus. "Folks have gone very quickly to that issue and have attacked the character of this young lady," Longo said.
“Hannah is beyond precious to us and we are truly devastated by her disappearance,” her family said in a statement read by police on Wednesday. “It's totally out of character for us not to have heard from her, and we fear foul play.”
— Erik Ortiz and Elizabeth Chuck