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This picture was taken of Hannah Graham the night she disappeared. It was taken around 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at her apartment.

This picture was taken of Hannah Graham the night she disappeared. It was taken around 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at her apartment.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Police have been searching for second-year University of Virginia student Hannah Graham since she was reported missing on Sunday, Sept. 14.

She was last seen shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 and she sent a text to friends at 1:20 a.m. that she was lost in an area that she would be familiar with, not far from her own housing. Additionally, as surveillance video indicates, Graham would not physically be able to be in the location where she texted she was lost, because it is 1.5 miles away.

On Thursday, a person of interest was named and a reward offered.

Police initially described the man as a black male in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5’10” or 5’11” tall and weighing between 250-285 pounds. The man was wearing black jeans and a white t-shirt and was described as having a closely shaved head as well as a goatee and a slight “beer belly.”

Police later described a person of interest as Jesse Matthew Jr. This person can be seen in the two of the videos below.  At Friday’s press conference the person of interest was described as a black, dread locked male, 6’2″ and 32 years of age, weighing around 270 pounds.

The reward is for $50,000. If you have information that could help police, call 434-295-3851.

All stories about the missing student are filed under this tag. 

Below is the timeline of events, and corresponding videos are below that. A photo gallery shows pictures of Hannah, below the videos.

  • 11:50 p.m. Friday — Graham last seen by friends at Camden Plaza Apartments, in the 200 block of 14th Street NW.
  • 12:45 a.m. Saturday — Graham seen on surveillance video outside of McGrady’s Pub on Grady Street.
  • 12:55 a.m. Saturday — Graham seen on Shell station surveillance video on Preston Ave.
  • 1 a.m. Saturday — Witness reports seeing Graham on Downtown Mall
  • 1:06 a.m. Saturday — Video captures Graham in front of Sal’s, continuing to walk east along the mall.
  • 1:08 a.m. Saturday — Graham seen in front of Tuel Jewelers.
  • 1:20 a.m. Saturday — Graham sends a text to friends saying she was lost in the area around 14th and Wertland Streets.

31 comments

    • Nancy

      The only thing I can think of is that she drank so much alcohol at the parties that she was in alcohol ‘blackout’. That would explain her bizarre behavoir. I had a blackout decades ago when I was 19. It is a creepy condition where you are fully conscious and afterwards cannot remember anything.

  • Arm Chair Sleuthy

    In every video there are plenty of other people around or safe havens for her to have gone into – it makes no sense to me why she would text her friends that she is lost when there in a big well lit gas station to ask for directions if she was really scared. But instead she keeps walking on the opposite side of the street next to the bushes and that reflects bad or impaired judgment . Even in the videos for the mall there are lots of people walking back and forth so why didn’t she stop one on them to ask for help? Why would an 18 yr old with lots of friends choose to leave a party to walk alone late at night obviously inebriated and skittish? Where was she going that she couldn’t wait for her friends to come along. Unfortunately armchair sleuthing is quite difficult today when the police withhold vital info and details. I think this while thing sounds fishy and strange. But I don’t think it is a serial killer. There was a girl at the Univ of VT who had a similar thing happen about 4 yrs ago. She left her friends in a bar refusing to wait for them and decided to walk home. On the way back up the street she met a guy and started talking with him and then her cell phone died. He offered her a ride back to campus and then she was never heard from again. The story did not have a good outcome but I am thinking it sounds like a similar thing could have happened here too. If Hannah was lost maybe this person I interest offered her a ride back to campus…..but with other malintentions. Sadly this was all very preventable – college aged kids need to travel in groups or teams. Make it a habit to never ever let a drunk friend walk home alone at night especially. The world is not safe; it is very hostile and dangerous.

    • Nadia

      You say she should have asked any of these random people for help instead of texting her friends. . .but maybe she did and that person was not on the up-and-up. . .

  • Paula

    @Waufle I agree with you. Nomatter what she wearing has nothing to do with her being hurt. Wake up people!! All of us have kids that wear certains kind of clothes. Hell I wear them myself when I want to feel comfortable and that don’t give no man the right to attack me or anyone else.

    • lu

      You are wrong. We are responsible for doing our part to stay safe. Would you jump into This woman didn’t. walking around the city in shiny clothing, a city with thousands of men like any city, at midnight, is looking for trouble. then, let’s add ‘drunk’ to the equation. Is anyone actually surprised that this woman found serious trouble?

  • Paula

    Ok they looking for a black man but the police said they don’t see him on the tape.. Well don’t you think it strange that the only one that saw this man is the WHITE man that came forward after he found out that HE was on tape.

  • Amy Andrews

    Why is no one mentioningthe black male with dread locks and white shorts who makes an obvious u-turn to follow behind her in the Sal’s pizza footage then is clearly seeing walking WITH her and talking in the next surveillance footage?!?!

    • Amy Andrews

      Amen! Finally zeroed in on dread locks! In no way do I want to criticize law enforcement and I dont think I have ever been as impressed as I am with this Chief Longo and his obvious devotion to solving this case and bringing Hannah home at any costs, but to not pick up on this guy changing his course to follow her in the Sal’s video and then walking with her in the next footage is mind boggling and I can’t help but think of the precious days, hours and minutes lost by this oversight. Dread locks appears pretty much right in front of the camera in the first 30 seconds or so of the video and he can probably be seen more clearly than any other person in all the videos combined so to not put out an APB on him right away is disheartening. Maybe I am completely wrong and they did focus on him from the start and kept it confidential to give Dreads a false sense of security, in which case I will gladly eat my words! My heart goes out to Hannah’s family, friends and loved ones and the entire UVA community. I was once Hannah and my 2 young girls will be Hannah’s someday (If I ever let them out of the house)and tragadies like this; and it is a tragedy even if this lovely young girl makes it home where she belongs, just should not happen. The only thing I can do as a parent is to try to teach my girls to be smart and responsible…..just like Hannah.

  • Arm Chair Sleuthy

    White men/black men – they are always 99% accountable so it cuts the detective work back in half 9 out of 10 times in missing college women cases like this one. Why are there no patrol cops walking the beat at this mall at night if it attracts such a creepy element? Can’t the merchants hire a security task force to protect the shops and keep the vagrants out?? I think I read that she was looming for anothe party to go to and was not goin home. Maybe there was a guy she wa hoping to catch up with at one if these parties but she couldn’t find him at the first two parties she went to? Aren’t there any cabs in Charlottesville? Her friends were negligent in not insisting that she wait with them or have a buddy to walk with who wasn’t tipsy. Every one drinks in college but it doesn’t mean that people can’t help them out if they are intoxicated – that’s what he girlfriends should have done! Real friends don’t let friends walk away late at night drunk! She is only 18 years old for crying out loud!

  • lu

    I did not allow my daughter to leave town and live at college at eighteen. And this is exactly why. In my experience, most eighteen year olds have very little impulse control. To put it bluntly…. they often don’t know what the F they are doing. They think they are invincible and death does not even occur to them. Their mind set is, “I am eighteen nothing is going to happen to me I’ve got my whole life ahead. ” Invincible. Example, Graham walks around a city at midnight, a city with thousands of men like any city….. at midnight, in shiny clothes that will actually attract those men. And let’s add ‘drunk’ to the definition. Is anyone honestly surprised that Hannah Graham attracted trouble?

    • Terry

      LU,
      What I’m surprised at is your lack of compassion, you state “Their mind set is, “I am eighteen nothing is going to happen to me I’ve got my whole life ahead. Invincible.” So if you know that, you also know this young lady didn’t set out with ill intentions to make her family sick with worry and strangers to come looking for her. It was just another Friday night in Cville. The only thing that’s obvious is that she trusted the wrong person.
      Lu, If this was your child would you want people like you commenting with hurtful words or people trying to find your irreplaceable Child! Reel yourself in and get with what’s important!

  • Catherine Bobeau

    Ok granted I’m not from the area, but from the timeline map shown above, I find it difficult that she was able to get to each location so quickly while on foot. Something isn’t adding up to me.

  • Matrendays

    I cannot believe her friends left her! The article states that Hannah was last seen by her friends at 11:50 pm. Why would any friend leave another friend in that condition all alone? When I was in college, my friends and I agreed we would never leave anyone at party alone! This is very disturbing….her friends should feel somewhat responsible.

    • BillyBoy

      You sound like a complete idiot…..young adults need to be responsible and stop getting sh%@ faced illegally. You answer is whack….spend more tax money on a bunch of drunk kids that should be in their dorm room studying…you are a FOOL!

  • Brett Spiritwatcher

    It’s interesting the McGrady Pub camera seems to follow her from the upper right (center frame) to the patio area (stop when she does) then follow her toward lower left keeping her center frame. From a law endorsement point of view, I would be wanting to interview the surveillance camera operator (owner/ security individual).

  • John

    We’ll it looks like her parents didn’t teach her from right from wrong. Looks to be a drunk white girl looking for trouble. Anyone knows a stuff animal is not a angel of protection for her. Her father is so stupid to think this happened because she forgot that stupid animal. Yea give the white rich girl more attention and police man hours instead of the poor black girl, and then blame the dreadlocks guy.

    • connie

      Sounds like u are hating on whites so why don’t you get back to what’s real this girl who’s missing and her family that is worried about her. White or black thy need to be punished.

      • Amy

        Well said Leo! And, John, please direct us to where exactly either the frightened parents or law enforcement “blamed” dreadlocks guy, who by the way, never came forward when he admittedly was with Hannah (not just saw her in passing but was WITH her, walking WITH her and went to a bar WITH her) and now refuses to speak to law enforcement regarding his interactions with her. If he has nothing to hide, looks like his parents didn’t do to good of a job teaching him right from wrong does it?

      • elidc100

        BOTTOM LINE, 18 YEAR OLD FOLKS NEED TO STOP BEING ALLOWED TO DRINK ILLEGALLY, AND DO WHAT YOU GO TO COLLEGE FOR….GET A F^%%$ DEGREE. WHEN WILL THE PUBS, BARS AND WATERING HOLES BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SERVING UNDER AGE LIQUOR….THAT WILL FIX THIS MADNESS.

  • Black LEO

    John: are u serious, This is not about white America then, now or in the future. To blame what has happened to this girl on anything but something very sinister and criminal would be in justice to her. And her papents and even hurtful and shameful to me by you saying so. What happened to that black child was also very sinister criminal and because there was less of a response to help in her situation where were you. No I don’t condone what happens in this country to its less fortunate, and underpriviledged citizens but I see wrong and want to help, I see ignorance and want to educate and I see indifference and I see you.

  • Valerie

    So hold on. This timeline does not make sense:
    11:50 p.m. Friday — Graham last seen by friends at Camden Plaza Apartments, in the 200 block of 14th Street NW.
    12:45 a.m. Saturday — Graham seen on surveillance video outside of McGrady’s Pub on Grady Street.
    12:55 a.m. Saturday — Graham seen on Shell station surveillance video on Preston Ave.
    1 a.m. Saturday — Witness reports seeing Graham on Downtown Mall
    1:06 a.m. Saturday — Video captures Graham in front of Sal’s, continuing to walk east along the mall.
    1:08 a.m. Saturday — Graham seen in front of Tuel Jewelers.
    1:20 a.m. Saturday — Graham sends a text to friends saying she was lost in the area around 14th and Wertland Streets.

    That text message at the end does not seem kosher. Especially since that’s a couple blocks away from her apartment, and across town from where she was at 1:08 — how could she be lost two blocks away from her apartment?? I think that text is a red herring from the criminal.

  • yikes1

    there is a report that a student reported she was assaulted near Wertland St Sept. 14. University of Virginia Police Chief reported this. And Valerie wrote that the timing of the text referencing Wertland Streets seems off. Doesn’t there seem to be something really odd here: what the U of Virginia Police reports and what Chief Longo reports? I have never heard of Wertland Street and it is now coming up in two items?

  • Liza

    interesting that you can see Jesse’s shadow stop at 22 seconds in the surveillance video in front of Sal’s… After the two people walking together pass him, only then does he double pace it and then cut across to where hannah is. Definitely planned. Praying they find her soon.

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