(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Police looking for a University of Virginia student who vanished over the weekend may shift their area of search after receiving a surge of tips about her, police said Tuesday.
Hannah Elizabeth Graham, 18, a sophomore at the Charlottesville school, was last heard from after 1 a.m. Saturday when she texted friends saying she was on her way to a party, but she never showed up.
Charlottesville Police Lt. Ronnie Roberts told ABC News that they received 60 tips from the public Tuesday morning, hours after they released surveillance footage of Graham. Roberts said the new information “may shift the particular area we were searching yesterday to a different area.”
Police had been combing a wooded area with the help of a bloodhound, Police Capt. Gary Pleasants said. Police declined to describe the new area under consideration.
Graham’s apartment is off campus and, according to police, she and other students were drinking heavily that night and were “fairly well intoxicated.” Graham was seen at a pizza restaurant before she and a classmate headed to another party, authorities said. They left at 12:15 a.m., with Graham appearing to be walking home alone, according to police.
Police released surveillance images Monday showing Graham in her apartment hallway at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, hours before she disappeared.
Pleasants said authorities are using all available means to figure out what happened to Graham.
“We are checking her cellphone records, computer, bank accounts, everything we can possibly do,” he said.
University President Theresa A. Sullivan said that the campus community is “united in our deep concern” for the sophomore and is calling on the campus’ 21,000 students for help.
“We are hopeful someone will come forward soon with information,” she said in a statement.
Graham’s parents, who are British but live in northern Virginia, have gone to campus to help authorities in the search.
Katie Schrieber, a friend of Graham’s, said the teen was especially kind to strangers.
“Hannah was really good at making friends,” Schreiber said. “She’s always one of the first people to talk to you. And she’s so friendly, so outgoing.”
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