[See the latest updates at the bottom.]
It’s been a week since 18-year-old Hannah Graham, a second year student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, disappeared in the wee hours of Saturday, September 13. She has been the subject of exhaustive police investigations, news coverage, and searches as the area has joined together hoping to have a positive ending.
The Daily Mail identified the black man with dreadlocks seen on surveillance video with missing UVa student Hannah Graham on the night she disappeared as a nursing assistant at UVa Hospital (see ‘Person of interest’ in hunt for Hannah Graham is nursing assistant at UVa Hospital).
On Saturday, around 2,000 volunteers turned out to help in the search (see Thousands of volunteers come together to search for Hannah Graham).
NBC-29 in Charlottesville also has a timeline of her disappearance and a listing of stories about Hannah’s disappearance (see In depth: The search for Hannah). They are updating information as it becomes available.
Information Tip Line: 434.295-3851
Please keep Hannah and her family in your prayers.
UPDATE #1: A news conference will be held Sunday, September 21, at 3:00 p.m. by Chief Tim Longo of the Charlottesville Police Department to update the Hannah Graham missing person case. It will be broadcast on NBC-29 and live-streamed at their website.
UPDATE #2: The press conference started about 3:15. Chief Longo said there are two warrants for reckless driving out for Jesse Matthew, the “person of interest” seen in surveillance video with Hannah Graham and who went with her into The Tempo restaurant before driving away. Matthew was at police headquarters Saturday and asked for a lawyer, talked with him, and left after about an hour without speaking with police. Federal investigators who were watching him witnessed him leaving at a high rate of speed and when they pursued he reportedly drove in a reckless manner, so much so that the vehicle tailing him dropped out of the pursuit pulled back. Two counts issued because another person was in the car with Matthew. He has not been seen or heard from since then. Police want to talk with him about the night Hannah disappeared.
Hannah’s parents stepped to the podium and her father thanked volunteers and police for all they have done. Her mother, composed at first, softly began to weep while Hannah’s father spoke for about 10 minutes.
UPDATE #5: From UVa’s information page:
Hannah Elizabeth Graham, a second-year student in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, disappeared in the early morning hours of Sept. 13. According to police reports, after leaving a party in a private residence in the area of 14th Street and Wertland Street, she walked north on 10th Street to Preston Avenue, east on Preston Avenue to Market Street, then south on Second Street to Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. She was last seen on a surveillance tape at 1:08 a.m. on the Downtown Mall, and sent a text message to friends around 1:20 a.m., reporting that she was lost.
Graham, 18, is 5-foot-11 with blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. She was last seen wearing a metallic black crop top with mesh cut outs and black pants.
Anyone with information regarding Graham is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-295-3851. Police are seeking a person of interest and offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the cause of Graham’s disappearance.