Sep 17, 2014 04:22 AM EDT
Police Release Surveillance Photos of Missing Virginia Student
Police officials released surveillance photos of the University of Virginia student who went missing in the wee hours of Saturday. The photos taken at 9:30 p.m., Friday, show 18-year-old Hannah Graham in her apartment building, hours before she disappeared.
Police said that the student and her friends engaged in heavy drinking and were "well-intoxicated" on Friday. Graham was seen at a pizza restaurant before she and her classmate headed to another party. The student was walking home alone after leaving the party at 12:15 a.m.
The camera outside McGrady's Irish Pub revealed Graham walking "in front of the building for several minutes, apparently, maybe even talking to someone, and then walking away - leaving east bound on Grady at 12:46 a.m. - walking in the opposite direction of her apartment building," Police Capt. Gary Pleasants said, cbs 6 reports.
Graham last spoke to a friend at 1:20 a.m., Saturday, saying that she was lost near 14th and Wertland Streets after leaving a party. Police officials don't believe she was 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," Pleasants said.
The news has left the family of the missing University of Virginia student distraught. They described Graham as an accountable and organized person. She was eagerly looking forward to the start of the new academic year.
"Those of us who know and love Hannah know that she would not disappear without contacting family or friends. She embraces life with energy and enthusiasm and has enriched the lives of many. Her empathy is evident in her daily interactions with us and her friends," John, Susan and James Graham said in a statement.
Graham, a 2013 graduate of West Potomac High School, is 5'11", white and of skinny built. She has blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. The Northern Virginia native was last seen wearing a black crop top with mesh cut outs.
Anyone with information about Graham is urged to call the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280 or CrimeStoppers at 434-977-4000.
The campus community is "united in our deep concern" for the sophomore and is calling on the campus' 21,000 students for help. "We are hopeful someone will come forward soon with information," University President Theresa A. Sullivan said in a statement.
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