Hannah Graham (18), attended the University of Virginia as a sophomore. She was last seen on September 13, 2014 until she “vanished off the face of the Earth,” as Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo disturbingly stated. Graham was last seen at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia. The search for the missing UVA student by police officials is mainly concentrated in areas along Route 20 North of Charlottesville where the search is mainly focused around the Albemarle County area.
The search team has also incorporated drones into the investigation in order to attain aerial viewpoints of the focus areas. After the drones were launched into the investigation of Wednesday, Col. Steve Sellers of the Albemarle County Police Department explained some findings and perspective of the drones. “A PVC pipe was spotted by a UAS that from the air that looked a little unusual and out of place so we were able to get down there and converge on that area to confirm what that item was.” A newly donated advanced drone with higher quality cameras and software is scheduled to take off this weekend in order to reveal more leads for the desperate case on the whereabouts of the missing college student.
The primary suspect, Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. (32), was found and apprehended on the 24th of September on a beach in Galveston, Texas. Matthew received two charges during his court case on Thursday morning. The first charge entailed the abduction and intent to defile Graham and the other charge was due to giving an officer false information. On September 29, forensic evidence from the Virginia State Police linked the 2009 murder of Morgan Herrington, who was also a UVA student, to the ongoing Hannah Graham case. The linking of these two cases formulates further evidence that supports the prosecution against Matthew, but what is even more imperative at this time is the ongoing investigation and high hopes that Hannah Graham will be recovered safely.