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(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — A search warrant has been issued in the investigation for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

Charlottesville police rushed to an apartment they believe was the last place the 18-year-old was seen.

The search warrant was executed Friday, one day after a description of a person of interest was released along with a $50,000 reward. The search was sealed.

Police had also released four clips of surveillance footage from local businesses that showed Graham walking around in the early hours of Saturday morning. She was last heard from around 1:20 a.m. Saturday when she texted friends, allegedly saying that she was headed for a party but was unsure of where she was.

The person of interest described by police Thursday came from a man who was seen following Graham on surveillance footage. That man told police that he was concerned about Graham because she looked “physically distressed,” but he left when he reportedly saw another man approach her and put his arm around her.

That second man has been described by police as a person of interest. He is not seen on any surveillance footage.

Police described the person of interest as a black male in his 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11 with a shaved head and goatee. He weighs between 250 to 285 pounds, has a slight beer belly and was wearing black jeans and a white T-shirt.

The FBI joined the case in a guidance role earlier this week and investigators are calling for volunteers as they plan a massive search Saturday. The volunteers are being asked to only join the search if they can walk four to five miles in a wooded area.

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