Search warrants executed in Hannah Graham case

Missing University of Virginia student Hannah Elizabeth Graham is seen in an undated photo provided by the Charlottesville, Va., Police Department. University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan says the university community is deeply concerned about Graham, who has been missing since early Saturday, Sept. 13. Police say she was last heard from at 1:20 a.m. Saturday when she texted a friend. According to U.Va. officials, Graham is 5-foot-11 with blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. Anyone with information on Graham's whereabouts is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280. (AP Photo/Charlottesville, Va., Police Department)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police are executing a search warrant right now in connection with the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, NBC29 is reporting.

Police Chief Tim Longo is addressing the media after officers searched an apartment in Hessian Hills and a car in the parking lot. Graham was not found in either. Chief Longo said police arrived in the middle of the night and he believe someone was inside overnight, but no one was arrested this morning, according to NBC29 reports.

Longo also said he wasn’t sure who lived in the apartment although officers are looking for evidence. NBC29 also reported the searched car developed probable cause leading to investigating the apartment. Police have set up a mobile command post next to the apartment.

Thursday, Charlottesville Police announced they want to talk to a man seen by a witness with Graham the night she disappeared. Police Capt. Gary Pleasants said the witness came forward Wednesday after two more grainy surveillance videos were released of Graham from the Downtown Mall. Pleasants said one video shows Graham outside a pizza shop. The witness was captured on the video as he exited the store and followed Graham. Another video from a jewelry store two minutes later also shows the witness following Graham.

The witness told police that he followed her because she looked like she was in distress. The witness, whose name wasn’t released, told police that before he could catch up with Graham, another man approached her and put his arm around her.

Police released a description of the man Thursday, calling him a “person of interest.” They described him as black, 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11, and 250-285 pounds with a close-shaved head and goatee. He also had a “beer belly” and was dressed in black jeans and a white T-shirt. His estimated age is late 20s or early 30s.

State emergency management officials are seeking volunteers for what they call a mass search Saturday for the missing UVA student.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is organizing search volunteers in hopes of finding leads in the disappearance of Hanna Graham. She’s been missing since last weekend.

All volunteer searchers are subject to a background check and must register online at no later than 5 p.m. Friday. Prospective volunteers can also register Friday by 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.

Only registered volunteers can participate in the search.

Volunteers must also be at least 18 years old, carry no weapons and provide a copy of the registration form and a driver’s license.

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