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New Video Shifts Search for Missing UVa Student

Hannah Graham seen headed toward downtown pedestrian mall in Charlottesville
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2014 5:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police in Charlottesville, Va., are still searching for a missing University of Virginia student, and new video and eyewitness accounts have shifted the search again, reports the Daily Progress. Hannah Graham can be seen at 12:46am Saturday walking outside a bar, but she doesn't enter. About nine minutes later, cameras at a gas station show the 18-year-old running and then walking down a city street in the direction of the downtown pedestrian mall, reports NBC 29. Police say an eyewitness later saw her enter the downtown mall about 1am, and they're asking all businesses in the area to check their property.

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Authorities say Graham appeared to be lost and trying to find her way home. Her last text was to a friend at 1:20am saying she was, in fact, lost, though the video suggests that she wasn't in the neighborhood she cited in the final text. As for why she was running in the video, the police chief says, “There is a location at the railroad bridge and Preston Avenue where people do tend to congregate. Perhaps she was uncomfortable as she walked by.” Nobody is seen chasing her. Graham's family released a statement saying they fear foul play, though police haven't gone that far yet. (Read more Charlottesville, Va. stories.)

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