UPDATED: Police Hold Press Conference on Missing UVa. Student
Sept. 17, 2014
Charlottesville Police expanded their search Wednesday for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Elizabeth Graham.
"In the search for Hannah, the more time that goes by, the more difficult it is and the harder it could be for her certainly” said Captain Gary Pleasants with Charlottesville Police.
As the search for Graham enters its fourth day, new tips have police shifting their search from beyond the Corner area, trying to retrace Hannah's last steps.
Graham was seen on Grady Avenue at 12:45 a.m. Friday night/ Saturday morning near McGrady’s Irish Pub.
Ten minutes later, she was seen on surveillance video walking past the Shell gas station on Preston Avenue.
At 1 a.m. Saturday morning, an eyewitness saw Hannah near Fellini’s #9 walking towards the Downtown Mall.
Detectives spent Wednesday going door to door asking business owners along the Downtown Mall for their surveillance video to get a better idea of where Hannah may have been heading.
"The police came in. They were going door to door asking if anyone had surveillance footage from outside,” said Deborah Poulin, a store employee on the Downtown Mall.
"I think more cameras really could help, especially with security,” Mark Briggs, a business owner, said.
Hannah was last heard from through text message, telling her friends she was lost but on her way to meet them at a party around 1:20 Saturday morning.
She hasn't been seen or heard from since.
Virginia State Police, UVa. and Charlottesville Police all involved in the search for Hannah Graham.
Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo led a press conference for reporters this afternoon, releasing new surveillance video showing Graham around McGrady's Irish Pub and the Shell gas station on Preston Ave.
The first video showed Hannah walking outside of McGrady's at 12:52 Saturday morning. She walks around the porch of the pub, stopping near the entrance.
A second video shows her minutes later running past the Shell on Preston toward Downtown Mall.
Chief Longo said the troubling thing in the video of McGradys is that so many people are standing outside of the pub, yet none of then have come forward.
Longo said they believe one person spoke to her outside of McGradys and investigators really would like to speak to that person just to know what Hannah said to them.
Anyone with information on her disappearance asked to call Charlottesville Police at 434 295 3851.
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