Parents make desperate plea to help find their daughter

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Police have named a person of interest in the search for missing college student Hannah Graham, who hasn’t been seen since Saturday, Sept. 13.

On Sunday, her father made a desperate plea for help.

“Hannah is our little girl. She’s our only daughter. She’s also the oldest granddaughter, both grandparents. She’s enormously precious to us all,” said John Graham, her father.

At a news conference Sunday, Hannah’s mother held tightly to a stuffed animal that Hannah has had since she was an infant. She had forgotten it at home when she returned to the University of Virginia for the new school year.

“When I returned home, Hannah had left this little guy behind,” he said. “She was her guardian angel until she returned to school last month.”

Chief Timothy Longo, Charlottesville Police Chief, said they don’t have enough evidence to arrest Jesse Matthew, believed to be the last person to see Hannah.

“I  believe Jesse Matthew was the last person she was seen with before she vanished off the face of the earth. Because it has been a week and we can’t find her,” said Longo.

A $50,000 reward is now being offered in hopes of soliciting tips that could lead police to Graham.


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