Parents Of Missing UVA Student Issue Plea For Information
The parents of Hannah Graham, who hasn’t been seen since she disappeared from the University of Virginia campus on September 13, put out a plea for information about the missing UVA student.
Sue and John Graham issued a written statement and a videotaped message beseeching for any news about the 18-year-old UVA student from those responsible for her disappearance. According to ABC News, Hannah’s parents described the situation as a nightmare, especially since there have been dozens of tips phoned in, but the missing student has yet to be found.
Mrs. Graham’s statement about her missing daughter was quoted in the New York Post.
“Somebody listening to me today knows where Hannah is, or knows someone who has that information. We appeal to you to come forward and tell us where Hannah can be found…Please, please, please help end this nightmare for all of us. Please help us bring Hannah home.”
Even though the missing student’s body has yet to be found, police have arrested a suspect in the case. Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr. has been charged with “abduction with intent to defile” in the missing UVA student’s case. Matthew is a former college football player from Charlottesville, and police claim they also have forensic evidence that links him to the slaying of Morgan Harrington, who had been a 20-year-old student at Virginia Tech.
Although friends of Matthew describe him as a nice guy, evidence suggests that the missing Graham may not have been his first victim. The Inquisitr reports the suspect in the UVA student’s disappearance has a history of rape accusations dating back to 2002, when the 32-year-old Matthew was a student at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
The last time that Hannah was seen was on a surveillance video from a downtown Charlottesville mall. The UVA student had been seen out attending parties on the night she disappeared. She had sent a friend a text saying that she may have been lost. After that communication, no one has seen or heard anything else from the missing student.
Along with appeal, the Graham’s also thanked everyone involved in the search for their missing daughter. On Saturday, a search team of approximately 110 law enforcement officials and trained volunteers hunted for the missing UVA student in the countryside surrounding Charlottesville. Search teams have been looking for the student everyday since her disturbance was reported on September 14.
CNN reports that property owners in rural Charlottesville are being asked to search their land for the missing student and report back to authorities. Along with searchers on foot, an aerial drone has been put into action to find the UVA student.