​Hannah Graham Search Continues As Missing UVA Student Case Widens

Author: Rob AdamsBy:
Staff Reporter
Oct. 6, 2014

The Hannah Graham search continues as the missing UVA student case widens with drones.

Hannah Graham was last seen on September 13 in Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall area as the search for the missing UVA student continues. Investigators believe that suspect Jesse Matthew, 32, was the last person with her. He is charged with abduction with the intent to defile.

DNA evidence has already been linked to at least one other missing woman in the same area where Hannah Graham was last seen. The search now continues with cameras that are mounted on drones. Police say that at least four women have gone missing there since 2009.

The University of Virginia student is a native of Northern Virginia and stands 5 feet 11 inches with a slender build. Graham has light brown hair, blue eyes and freckles. She was wearing a crop top when she was last seen.

Hannah Graham is a second-year University of Virginia student making straight A’s, her parents say. And she is a member of the ski team. She had been co-captain of her high school softball team. Her former coach Craig Maniglia said:

“She was extremely smart, very witty, very athletic; she was musically inclined.”

There are also photos of the missing UVA student from a recent trip to France and comments from friends in French on what appears to be her Facebook page.

Investigators have tried to piece together what may have occurred on the night Hannah Graham went missing. They do know that on the evening of September 12, she was seen at a party before friends saw her at an apartment complex a couple of blocks away. That was shortly before midnight, according to a timeline compiled by CNN affiliate WVIR.

About 12:45 a.m. on September 13, a surveillance camera caught the missing UVA student houtside of a pub, about three-quarters of a mile from the apartment complex. Other surveillance cameras captured her, as she ran past a gas station, walked past an Italian cafe and then by a jewelry store.

At 1:20 a.m. she texted her friends to say she was lost and trying to find a party. She and a man were seen having drinks at a bar between 1:30 and 2 a.m., according to witnesses. Police believe the missing student may have been under the influence of alcohol making her less able to defend herself.

While the search for Hannah Graham continues, authorities are also offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the missing UVA student’s return. Several students are also helping by placing posters around their campus.

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