Man who finds human remains while searching for Hannah Graham describes what he saw

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. — The remains were behind a vacant home, in a dried-up creek bed — a skull and bones, along with a pair of tight, dark-colored pants.

The man who found the remains while searching for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is Chesterfield Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Dale Terry.

He says he believed God wanted his team to find what they found. Terry said his five-person team had finished their search mission near Walnut Creek Park around noon Saturday when something came over him to check nearby properties.

“I don’t know how else to explain it,” he told WTVR. “Something inside me just told me to continue to look.”

Terry said the vertebrae bone appeared long and consistent with a tall person’s body. He said the body was not buried and its location was not far from the road.

Saturday’s discovery came more than a month after Graham was last seen walking along the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Va., on Sept. 13.

Jesse Matthew, 32, is now behind bars, arrested in Texas as a suspect in Graham’s disappearance. He was transferred to Virginia and charged with abduction with intent to defile, and is being held in a Virginia jail.

At Saturday’s press conference, police asked people who live off Old Lynchburg Road to come forward with any relevant information about Graham or Matthew.


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