HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Some of Hampton’s first responders will be helping in the search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.
The Hampton Police Division and Fire & Rescue Division are responding to a request for search and rescue assistance from the Charlottesville Police Department. Hampton Police Division Chief Terry Sult says the request came earlier this week.
On Friday, about 25 people from the HPD and HFD left Hampton Roads to help the search effort over the weekend in Charlottesville. The following resources will be involved:
- The Hampton Police Dive Team
- Bloodhounds from the Hampton K-9 Unit
- ATVs for additional search capabilities
- Medical response assistance
- Equipment to help with interoperable communications
Chief Sult said the crew will get specific instructions on what they will be doing when they arrive in Charlottesville. “The request was for search and rescue resources. They were looking for some diverse experience and so we’ve put together a team that has a lot of different talents associated with it,” Chief Sult said.
Hampton Police Division Major Randy Seals said, “It’s just the right thing to do. Hopefully we’re going to go up there and have a successful weekend and do something maybe others couldn’t do.”
It has been four weeks since Hannah Graham went missing. The team from Hampton is hopeful they will find her.
“It’s been a while since she’s been missing, but we’re going to do everything we can,” said Master Police Officer Tom Hendrickson.
Major Seals said the team is prepared for every situation. “What we’ve been told so far is to expect rough terrain, hilly mountainous terrain.”
“I can’t put it into words what it would be to return someone to their loved one,” MPO Hendrickson said.