September 27, 2014
The search for Hannah Graham continues as local and State Police began looking in rural areas of Albemarle County.
For the past two weeks, search crews have gone around nearly 90 percent of the City of Charlottesville, looking for any sign of Hannah Graham, the 18-year old UVa second year who was reported missing back on September 14th.
“There have been some searches in Albemarle County, but not to this scale,” says Capt. Gregory Jenkins, Albemarle Co. Police.
Twenty-six different volunteer search groups, along with Virginia State Police and the Department of Homeland Security gathered at the Albemarle County Police Department as they mapped out a plan to search the southern part of Albemarle Co.
“What we are focusing on is the Monacan Trail area, Rt. 29 south area of Albemarle co,” says Jenkins. “We want to take a look at the major thoroughfares in Albemarle Co. that connect Charlottesville.”
They searched on foot, as well as in the air. Several helicopters flew above rural fields in southern Albemarle Co. near Plank Road, searching for any clues that can lead to Hannah.
Captain Jenkins also encourages land owners to continue searching on their property.
“If you have a parcel of property located in Albemarle Co. please search it,” says Jenkins. “If you searched it, communicate with us that the piece of property has been searched.”
They hope that their search efforts will lead them one step closer to bringing Hannah back home.
“It's our hope that we will be able to bring her back to her mom and dad and that we have a happy resolution to this event.”