CHARLOTTESVILLE (WSLS) – Investigators are now focusing their investigation into the disappearance of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham on an apartment complex in Charlottesville. WSLS 10’s Ananda Rochita reports a search warrant is being executed at the Hessian Hills Apartments. It’s about three miles from the downtown mall, the last area Graham was seen early Saturday morning.
Police say the person of interest they are searching for is connected to the apartment. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said he hopes this a big break in the case.
“How that person came to our interest was cumulative. Cumulative through surveillance video and information we received from tips and cumulative since it was part of other investigative information and was a totality of all the circumstances, “said Chief Longo.
A separate search warrant was also executed on a vehicle.
“There were three individuals here in the apartments at the time the vehicle was being seized. There was no probable cause to arrest those individuals and the officers didn’t have enough to detain those individuals,” said Chief Longo.
More information is expected to be released during a news conference at 5 p.m. Friday. The chief said they do not know if this person , whose apartment they are searching in, is the same person that they gave out the description of on Thursday.
Here is the description released by police of the person of interest in the surveillance videos:
- Black male
- 250-285 lbs
- Close shaved goatee
- Slight beer belly
- Late 20-30’s
- Last seen wearing black jeans and a white shirt
The UVA’s Student Council has also called off Friday afternoon’s planned march through downtown.
The president said it’s in juxtaposition to Hannah Graham’s vigil Thursday.
It had been planned to raise awareness about the growing number of missing young women in the Charlottesville area. A notice for the event in part blamed the university, saying UVA “dropped the ball in preventing sexual assault”.