A landscaper was heading to a job site outside of Charlottesville, Va., on Sept. 30 when he noticed something odd.
“There was buzzards on the rooftop, as well as on a tree on the back left corner of the property,” Bobby Pugh told WTVR. “Not a normal amount, 20 to 30 at least.”
Pugh decided to make a phone call.
Like Pugh, thousands of people called in with any bit of information that could help police find missing 18-year-old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, who was last seen on Sept. 13 on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.
Jesse Matthew Jr. has been charged with her abduction.
Nearly three weeks after Pugh’s phone call, volunteers from Chesterfield searching for Graham discovered human remains near an abandoned property off Old Lynchburg Road.
“I wish it could have happened faster, but it couldn’t,” said Pugh. “They were getting 200 to 300 tips a day, my tip couldn’t be the one on the top.”
The Chief Medical Examiner is still working to positively identity the remains.
Pugh said he is heartbroken by what may have happened to Graham.
“That’s not the way anyone should be left,” Pugh said.