The investigation into the missing UVA student, Hannah Graham, has taken a few new turns with police identifying three people who are being called a “person of interest” in this case. New video footage has pieced together what Graham did in the last minutes before she went missing, according to CNN News on Sept 19.
The weekend news shows have saturated the air with a two second clip of a man walking in the same area that Hannah was last seen. He is distinctly dressed and sports dreadlocks, so he wasn’t someone that blended into the crowd and easy to point out. This man was a second man who was seen following Hannah on Friday night, she was also seen getting into a car with him.
The Washington Post said the video shows this man spotting Hannah then circling around behind her and putting his arm around her as they walk. This man, who has dreadlocks, then went into a bar with Hannah and he had a drink. The two came out of the bar and got into his car and that is the absolute last known whereabouts of Hannah that night.
No arrest has been made in the case as of yet, but police secured search warrants for the man’s car and apartment on Friday and then carried out the search. The police must also be frustrated without any arrests as of yet. They have been working around the clock in their hunt for Hannah.
The police are being tight lipped about what they found in the car and the house that they searched. People are wondering a why the man with the dreadlocks is being called “a person of interest” tonight, but still free on the streets. Police had said early on in the investigation that a “person of interest” isn’t necessarily a suspect, just someone they believe can help in this case.
Police stopped short at calling this man with dreadlocks a “suspect,” but what Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo did say was, “Let me just say this, we are interested in him.”
Police first searched the car of this unnamed man, this is believed to be the car that Graham was seen getting into on the video early Saturday morning, when she went missing. From what they found in the car, the police had “probable cause” to get a search warrant for the residence. What that “probable cause” was is unknown to the public today.
Police Chief Longo has made a plea for anyone who saw the burnt orange 1988 Chrysler coupe drive away with the man and Hannah, they want to hear from you. Longo said, “My point is this, people saw Hannah and people saw him, and people saw them together.”
During a news conference Longo was sure to say that they still have this unnamed man on their scope, but “there wasn’t probable cause to arrest him.” He has declined to let the public know what they took out of the man’s apartment.
From the beginning:
The initial investigation came across with aman following Graham in the mall section of downtown, he was the first “person of interest” to be named in the case. He came forward and told police he was following the college student because she looked to be in distress and he thought she was inebriated and might need some help.
While he was following her a black man with short shaved hair and a beer belly went up to Graham and the two seemed to know each other. The first man said this man put his arm around Graham and they walked away chatting. He thought she was with a friend so he didn’t follow her anymore.
Police are looking for the “beer belly” man, who is the “second person of interest” in the case. Then the video tape of the man with dreadlocks offers up the “third person of interest” in the disappearance case of Hannah Graham.
Graham left an off-campus party and got lost. She called her friend to say she was lost and this was the last time anyone heard from the 18-year-old college sophomore.
The police chief has not given up hope that Hannah will be found. “I will always be hopeful until we find Hannah,” he said. The same goes for Graham’s parents. They believe their daughter will return home to them. The chief said that although her parents have experienced hurt and frustration, “not for one second have I discerned that they have ever lost hope they will find their daughter.”
The hopes for finding Hannah alive are somewhat marred by the whispers of a possible serial killer in the area. In 2009, another college student went missing from the same area of downtown that Hannah went missing from. The women were around the same age and even shared some characteristics. Morgan Harrington’s body was found a few months later in a field on a farm about 10 miles away from the downtown area where she had been abducted.
There are an extraordinary amount of young women who have been abducted or gone missing from the Route 29 corridor area, which includes the area where Hannah went missing from. See the article below in the “suggested by the author” section for more about the Route 29 area and Harrington’s case.