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Charlotteville Chief Longo: Looking for info about male seen with Hannah Graham

Hannah Graham UVa missing girl 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Chief Tim Longo of the Charlottesville Police Department became emotional during the 5:00 news conference Friday afternoon and pleaded for everyone to search their minds to remember anything from the night Hannah Graham disappeared.

Police have surveillance video of a black male, about 32 years old, 6’2″, 270 pounds, with dreadlocks following Hannah on the street that night, then putting his arm around her waist, and they entered the Tempo Restaurant together, stayed about 15 minutes, then left in his car. They are asking for additional information from witnesses about his interaction with Hannah.

Hannah is 18 and was reported missing on Sunday when friends and family realized they hadn’t seen or heard from her since late Friday night/wee hours of Saturday morning. Police are asking anyone who remembers anything to please call the tip line.  A $50,000 is being offered for information about the cause of her disappearance.

If you have information please call the tip hotline at 434.295-3851.

NBC-29 in Charlottesville is doing an excellent job of updating on this case as information becomes available. They have a timeline of Hannah’s whereabouts leading up to her disappearance as well as archives of all articles written about this case since it broke earlier this week.

 

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Thoughts about current happenings

Pumpkins 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Scotland’s vote for independence: I didn’t wade into the Scotland-separating-from-Britain issue but saw many who got very caught up in the hype surrounding Thursday’s vote. A neighbor even changed his Facebook profile to a picture of Mel Gibson in Braveheart. However, from what I read, many Scots had viable concerns about the military and financial future of their country if they went on their own. The phrase I heard most often reading the final results was “sanity prevailed.” Again, it affected me not one way or the other — it’s their country — but I’m sure there was much soul-searching and serious consideration when the 85 percent of voters went to the polls. All should be respected for voting their convictions. (See In decisive vote, Scotland rejects independence, sticks with the U.K. by Griff Witte and Karla Adam in the Washington Post.)

Missing UVa student: The search for Hannah Graham continues in Charlottesville with officials asking for volunteers to help with the search this Saturday and Sunday (see Volunteers needed to search for missing UVa student, $50,000 reward for information). This one hits close to home because Hannah is a friend of SWAC Niece who is a first-year student at UVa. She and Hannah became friends two years ago when they and others now at UVa attended French Academy at Washington and Lee, a three-week immersion experience the bonded a group of high school teens who have remained friends (see 2012 Governor’s School French Academy leaves positive impression on students). Thursday night’s prayer vigil brought out thousands of students to UVa’s amphitheater, and students at Harrisonburg’s James Madison University (SWAC Son’s alma mater) also held a candlelight vigil in support of the UVa community. Hope is fading for a happy ending but many still pray they find her safe. #BringHannahHome

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Volunteers needed to search for missing UVa student, $50,000 reward for info

Hannah Graham UVa missing girl 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Deadline to register to join the search is this afternoon, Friday, September 19, at 5:00 p.m.

Officials are asking for volunteers this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, to join others in the ongoing search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Volunteers must have:

-photocopy of driver’s license or photo ID
-long pants
-shoes with a closed toe
-backpack
-water bottle & food
-hat
-sunscreen
-sunglasses
-flashlight & batteries
-stamina to walk four hours in woods
-no weapons

To learn more about how to become involved and to register to search, check the website Help Find Hannah.

Meanwhile, a $50,000 reward has been offered for information about the disappearance of this 18-year-old second year student.

A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night at the UVa amphitheater by thousands of students urging #BringHannahHome.

The latest information about the man of interest that law enforcement is looking for (see $50,000 Reward Offered for Info About Hannah Graham’s Disappearance; Description of Person of Interest).

 

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Police think missing UVa student’s last text was incorrect – UPDATED: Surveillance video of Hannah

Hannah Graham UVa missing girl 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Police in Charlottesville now think missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham’s last text message was not sent from the location she said, according to the latest from WVIR TV-6 out of Richmond:

Pleasants said the camera outside McGrady’s Irish Pub showed Graham walking “in front of the building for several minutes, apparently it appears, maybe even talking to someone, and then walking away –leaving east bound on Grady at 12:46 a.m..”

That would be the opposite direction of her apartment, police said.

Please continue to pray for the safety of this 18-year-old sophomore and for her family.

UPDATE #1: The search area has shifted to the Charlottesville Mall area. Police will hold a news conference at 4:00 this afternoon (see Missing UVa student last spotted at Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall) — link to stream news conference in the article.

UPDATE #2: Video from reporter Parker Slaybaught with TV-8 out of Richmond: BREAKING: This security camera footage shows Hannah Graham walking into the pub just before 1 am on Saturday.

UPDATE #3: And another video from Parker Slaybaugh: “Many of you have said it’s hard to see Hannah Graham running in the gas station video so I’ve tried to zoom in to help you see her. Mind you I’m trying to do all of this on my cell phone. Can you see her running now? At the very end she stops running and continues walking.”
UPDATE #4: A UVa fourth year student, Aaron Bentley, who is a member of the Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group, is helping in the search for missing UVa student Hannah Graham (see UVA student aids search for Hannah Graham).
UPDATE #5: Charlottesville police have asked downtown landowners and businesses to help with the search with their properties (see Charlottesville police chief: Landowners should check downtown properties for signs of missing UVa student).
UPDATE #6: Richmond Times Dispatch — Parents of  missing UVa student fear foul play.
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UVa student Hannah Graham missing — UPDATED

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Hannah Graham UVa missing girl 1

Looking at the freckled, smiling face of 18-year-old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, I can only imagine the anguish her parents are feeling since she disappeared from sight in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Social media is spreading the news as police search and University officials warn students.

From ABC-7 (see 18-year-old U.Va. student Hannah Graham reported missing, community concerned):

Charlottesville police said their search had found no trace of the 18-year-old Graham, a 2013 graduate of West Potomac High School in the Fairfax County portion of Alexandria.

In her statement, [U.Va. President] Sullivan said the U.Va. community was “united in our deep concern” for Graham.

According to U.Va. officials, Graham is 5-foot-11 with blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. She was last seen wearing a black crop top with mesh cut outs.

Anyone with information on Graham’s whereabouts was asked by the university to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280.

Please spread the word and pray for the safety of this young lady.

UPDATE #1 — 9/16/2014 at 9:00 a.m.: NBC-29 out of Charlottesville is doing a good job of keeping this story front-and-center to keep viewers aware and alert of the situation (see Police search for missing UVa student).

UPDATE #2 — Roanoke Times (see Missing UVa student’s last text said she was lost).

UPDATE #3  at 10:30 a.m. — NBC-29 (see Search for missing UVa student continues). Police report, “Graham had been drinking heavily and was last seen at 12:15 a.m. Saturday at a party in the area of 14th, 15th, and Wertland streets. Graham talked with her friends via text messages around 1:30 Saturday morning but then her phone cut off and there were no more pings. Graham’s text messages that night have been described as normal. Her last message said she was lost in the area of 14th and Wertland.”

UPDATE #4 at 1:00 p.m. — Reporter Parker Slaybaugh with WVIR TV-8 in Richmond passed along this BREAKING NEWS: “Police Sources just told me ALL searches for missing UVA student Hannah Graham have been temporarily put on HOLD. Officials say 60 plus tips have come in and those tips are ‘shifting the search in another direction.’ Police are meeting right now to decide where to go from here. Police do say that Hannah Graham is still missing.”

UPDATE #5 AT 4:45 p.m. — The FBI has now joined in the search for missing UVa student Hannah Graham. The search site has shifted to the area around O’Brady’s Irish Pub near campus where she was seen on surveillance video. Her family has released a statement to the community. See Hannah Graham’s family releases statement, police refocus search.

Saturday, 9/20/2014 — It’s been a week since Hannah Graham disappeared. I have started a new page with the latest updated information (see 2,000 volunteers turn out to search for Hannah Graham).

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