Mon., Sept. 22 3:02 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Authorities are again searching the apartment of a man they believe is the last person seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared. A Charlottesville city spokeswoman says police returned Monday with a new search warrant at the apartment of 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. His apartment was first searched Friday morning. Matthew is being sought on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving, but authorities also say they want to talk to him about 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who has been missing since Sept. 13. He hasn’t been charged in the disappearance. Charlottesville police Chief Timothy Longo says Matthew had stopped by a police station Saturday with several family members and asked for a lawyer. He was given a lawyer but left, driving at a high rate of speed.
Police also on Monday issued a wanted poster for Matthew. He may be driving his sister’s 1997 Nissan Sentra with VA license plate VAC4575.
Mon., Sept. 22 5:02 a.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Authorities are searching for a man believed to be the last person seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving. But they also want to talk to him about the missing teen. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said Sunday that Virginia State Police issued warrants for Jesse Matthew on a charge of misdemeanor reckless driving. Matthew hasn’t been charged in the disappearance of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who was last seen early on Sept. 13. Longo said police want to talk to Matthew, who was seen with Graham before she disappeared. Longo says Matthew had stopped by a police station Saturday with several family members and asked for a lawyer. He was given a lawyer but left, driving at a high rate of speed.
Police also released pictures of Matthew’s car. It reportedly was parked in the area of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall late Friday and early Saturday. Police ask anyone who may have seen the vehicle, especially driving away from the area, to contact the tip hotline at (434) 295-3851.
Sun., Sept. 21 4:46 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police say a man seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared is being sought on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said Sunday at a news conference that Jesse Matthew came to the police station on Saturday, asked for and was provided a lawyer’s name and then left. Longo says Matthew got into a vehicle and left the police station at a high rate of speed, endangering other drivers. Longo says Virginia State Police issued an arrest warrant charging Matthew with reckless driving, a misdemeanor. Longo says he believes Matthew is the last person whom 18-year-old Hannah Graham was seen with before she vanished early on Sept. 13. On Saturday, more than 1,000 volunteers participated in a search for Graham.
Sat., Sept. 20 11:17 a.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of volunteers are searching for a University of Virginia student who has been missing for a week. Volunteers met at the university’s basketball arena Saturday morning before fanning out in search teams throughout Charlottesville. City police continue to investigate the disappearance of Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old from northern Virginia. Police said Friday that they have spoken with a man they believe was with her in a bar on the night she went missing, but did not have enough information to arrest or detain him after searching his car and apartment. Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Dawn Eischen estimated that more than 1,100 volunteers were taking part in Saturday’s search.
Fri., Sept. 19 5:52 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student say they searched an apartment of a man they believe was with her the night she went missing but did not have enough information to arrest or detain him. In an emotional appeal Friday, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo asked anyone who might have seen Hannah Graham and the man early Sept. 13 in the Downtown Mall to contact authorities. Longo says police talked to who they believe is that man during their search of an apartment earlier Friday. Asked if he believed the 18-year-old Graham was still alive, Longo said he was “hopeful.” Longo says police have received more than 400 tips.
Fri., Sept. 19 2:02 a.m.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ State emergency management officials are seeking volunteers for what they call a mass search Saturday for a missing University of Virginia student. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is organizing search volunteers in hopes of finding leads in the disappearance of Hannah Graham. She’s been missing since last weekend. All volunteer searchers are subject to a background check and must register online at http://helpfindhannah.brmrg.org no later than 5 p.m. Friday. Prospective volunteers can also register Friday by 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. Only registered volunteers can participate in the search. Volunteers must also be at least 18 years old, carry no weapons and provide a copy of the registration form and a driver’s license.
Thurs., Sept. 18 4:53 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Police have released a description of a “person of interest” in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student. The description released Thursday is of a man a witness said put his arm around Hannah E. Graham early Saturday in the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. She was last seen that night. The man is described as black, 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11, and 250-285 pounds with a close-shaved head and goatee. He also had a “beer belly” and was dressed in black jeans and a white T-shirt. Graham has been the focus of an intense search in the college town since Sunday. A reward with contributions from several sources totals $50,000 for information revealing what led to Graham’s disappearance. Police asked the public to call the tip line at (434) 295-3851.
Thurs., Sept. 18 7:11 a.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Police say they’ve reviewed additional surveillance videos from two businesses showing a missing University of Virginia student and others walking the night she disappeared. Charlottesville police Capt. Gary Pleasants said Wednesday night the videos of 18-year-old Hannah E. Graham taken early Saturday are from the Downtown Mall, a popular row of shops and restaurants. According to the Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/1uJMFuy), Pleasants says one video shows Graham walking by a shop’s doorway, and a male who had stopped there steps out and follows her. Pleasants says another business video filmed two minutes later shows the same male following Graham, who is next to someone else. Police released two other surveillance videos earlier Wednesday showing her walking past a pub and running past a service station. Graham’s friends reported her missing Sunday.
Wed., Sept. 17 1:38 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Police are expanding their search in Charlottesville for a missing University of Virginia student after an eyewitness reported seeing her around the time she disappeared. Police Capt. Gary Pleasants said Wednesday searchers are canvassing businesses in the city’s Downtown Mall where an eyewitness reported seeing Hannah E. Graham early Saturday morning. He said police also have a second video that shows Graham running down a street. Police said Tuesday that another surveillance video showed the 18-year-old Graham walking outside a bar. Graham’s friends reported her missing Sunday. They last heard from her Saturday morning, when she texted a friend after leaving a party and said she was lost. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo has scheduled a news conference later Wednesday to update the investigation and to release videos showing Graham.
Wed., Sept. 17 5:22 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The parents of a missing University of Virginia student say they fear she is the victim of “foul play.” Charlottesville police released a statement Wednesday from 18-year-old Hanna E. Graham’s parents expressing their fears for her safety. Police Chief Timothy Longo said they have no evidence to suggest foul play in her disappearance. Police also released surveillance videos from early Saturday that captured Graham’s image as she passed by. One shows her walking past a pub. The other shows her running a few minutes later. Longo said it did not appear she was being chased because she slowed to a walk. Graham’s friends reported her missing Sunday. They last heard from her Saturday morning, when she texted a friend after leaving a party to say she was lost.
Tues., Sept. 16 5:13 a.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan says the university community is deeply concerned about a student who has been missing since early Saturday. Sullivan issued the statement Monday as police continued to search for Hannah Elizabeth Graham. Police say she was last heard from at 1:20 a.m. Saturday when she texted a friend. Charlottesville police say their search has found no trace of the 18-year-old Graham. In her statement, Sullivan said the U.Va. community is “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. Anyone with information on Graham’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280.
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Original story Mon., Sept. 15 12:14 p.m.
From the University of Virginia: The Charlottesville Police Department is investigating a missing person incident involving a University of Virginia student, Hannah Elizabeth Graham. Hannah is a white female and 18 years old. She is approximately 5’11” tall with a skinny build. She has blue eyes, light brown hair and has freckles. She was last seen wearing a black crop top with mesh cut outs. The last contact she had with friends was via text message at 1:20 a.m. on September 13, 2014. Anyone with information regarding Hannah is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280 or Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.
Here is the news release from the Charlottesville Police Department:
On Sunday September 14th at 4:34 pm, the Charlottesville Police Department received a call of a missing 18 year old female UVA student. Hannah Elizabeth Graham was last seen Friday night/Saturday morning between midnight and 1am. On Sunday, her friends and family realized that none of them had seen or had contact with her since Friday night and a call was placed to the Emergency Communications Center by her friends, reporting her missing. The Charlottesville Police Department in turn notified the University of Virginia Police Department of the report. Charlottesville Police detectives responded immediately and have been working to find Hannah since learning of her disappearance. A search using a bloodhound was conducted Sunday evening, but that search did not turn up anything useful. She is approximately 5’11” with a slight build. She has blue eyes, light brown hair and has freckles. She was last seen wearing a black crop top with mesh cut outs and black pants (possibly jeans). If anyone has any information or has seen Hannah anytime from Friday night to the present, please call the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280.