There’s still no clues as to the whereabouts of Hannah Graham, but the search for the missing UVA student is still going strong with law enforcement thinking outside of the box to cover more area in her search. Sitting in a jail cell just a mile away from one of the search areas this weekend is Jesse Matthew Jr., who was the last person to be seen with Hannah the night she went missing two weeks ago, according to NBC News on Sept. 28.
Mark Eggeman, who is a search coordinator with the Virgina Department of Emergency Management, has dispatched 50 rescue workers to cover the most densely wooded location mapped for the search area this weekend. Law Enforcement are out on ATV’s scouring the guardrails along the rural roads of the county for anything that looks remotely like its connected to the 18-year-old’s disappearance.
The Huffington Post reports today that Saturday’s search for Hannah was again in full force with canine units used. The search areas were scanned from the air and people were on foot searching every nook and cranny they came across in the woods.
With Mathew in custody, people were hoping against hope that police would have her location by now, but that is not the case. Police are thinking outside the box on this search with a shout out to owners of large parcels of land in the county.
Police requested that owners walk that land and search for any type of clue, even tire tracks leading to a rural area. The sweep of the mountain roads that searchers started with the ATVs Sunday is a follow-up to the more than 1,600 tips they’ve received so far in Hannah’s case, still nothing has panned out as of yet.
The 2009 disappearance of a Virgina Tech student, Morgan Harrington, has given police some experience on searching the vast rural area in the county. Harrington’s body was found two weeks after she went missing in a field that was part of a farm. Her body was found about 10 miles from where she was last seen in the same downtown area as Hannah.
Eggeman said they are doing everything possible to find Hannah and it is a “long laborious process” searching all the secluded areas in the county. It is all about process of illumination for the search grids they’ve established. You finish one and go onto the next.
Meanwhile another CBS News article reports that Jesse Matthew refuses to talk to investigators about what he knows. Witnesses had him with Hannah in a bar that night. They also said that when they were leaving Hannah could hardly walk because she was so inebriated. This sparked worries that something may have been secretly put in her drink.
Being this inebriated and being at a bar with a stranger making no calls to home are all behaviors out of the norm for the 18-year-old student. Police are holding Matthew without bond and they are being tight lipped about what evidence they found to finally go after and bring in this suspect.
Hannah Graham went missing after a night at a party with friends. She texted a friend to say she was lost at one point during the evening and she was seen on various surveillance cameras throughout the area she was last seen.
Matthew was seen eyeing Hannah and then circling back to where she was. Witnesses put him with her in a bar. They also say the two left together. This is as far as police have gotten in the case. They’ve impounded and searched Matthew’s car and they’ve searched his apartment twice, removing items of clothing and other objects that were not divulged to the public.
Matthew went on the lam when first finding out he was a “person of interest” and a manhunt across many states ensued. He was found camping in a rural area of Texas and extradited back to Virginia, where he sits in his cell today. He is most likely the only one who has any clue as to where Hannah is or at least the last place he saw her, but he is not talking.