University of Virginia student Hannah Graham’s last text likely incorrect, police say

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A text that missing 18-year-old Hannah Graham sent before she went missing may be incorrect, authorities are now saying.

Search teams originally looked through specific parts of Charlottesville on Monday after they read a text that the second-year University of Virginia student sent at 1:20 a.m., which stated that she was lost near 14th and Wertland Streets, WTVR reported.

Now investigators think she may not have been in that area at all.

“We don’t know whether it was auto correct on her phone or she just typed it in wrong, we have no idea,” Police Capt. Gary Pleasants said.

Police are now working with the Federal Bureau of Investigations to retrieve phone data that might show where that text was sent from.

“A lot of things happen when you send out messages and text, and we’re following that,” Pleasants said. Police said Graham was “fairly well intoxicated” at the time she was last seen.

Tuesday afternoon a helicopter searched the area outside of McGrady’s Irish Pub where Graham was last spotted on surveillance video at 12:46 a.m. Saturday.

Graham was seen alone on the street and heading in the opposite direction of her apartment.

The family did not know Graham was missing until Sunday.

Police did say a blood hound picked up Graham’s scent right outside the Irish pub; but where it led them, they’re not saying.

“I don’t want to get into any more details about the dog track, we’ve got things to follow up on,” Pleasants said.

The timeline of the last hours anyone heard from her is:

  • 11: 50 p.m. Friday, Graham was last seen by friends at Camden Plaza Apartments, in the 200 block of 14th Street NW.
  • 12:45 a.m. Saturday she was seen on surveillance video outside of McGrady’s Pub on Grady Street.
  • 1:20 a.m. Saturday, she sends a text to friends saying she was lost in the area around 14th and Wertland Streets.

Google maps indicates the distances between these places would make for substantial walks, especially for person “fairly well intoxicated,” as police and friends say she was.

Pleasants said the camera outside McGrady’s Irish Pub showed Graham walking “in front of the building for several minutes, apparently it appears, maybe even talking to someone, and then walking away — leaving eastbound on Grady at 12:46 a.m.”

That would be the opposite direction of her apartment, police said.

Graham is from Northern Virginia, and it is reported that she graduated from West Potomac High School in Fairfax in 2013.

Police described Graham as a 5’11” white female with a slender build. She has blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. She was last seen wearing a black crop top with mesh cut outs.

Anyone with information about Graham is asked to call Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280 or CrimeStoppers at 434-977-4000.

“Those of us who know and love Hannah know that she would not disappear without contacting family or friends. She is highly responsible and organized,” her family said in a statement released through the University Tuesday.

“We express our sincere gratitude to law enforcement and everyone who is involved in the search for Hannah. We also thank the University for the full attention they are devoting to the situation. The kindness and support of so many – her friends at U.Va., particularly her friends on the Ski Team, her friends from high school, our neighbors, and the larger community – mean so much to us at this difficult time.”

Source: WTVR

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