Police describe person of interest in Hannah Graham case

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Charlottesville police released the description Thursday of a person of interest in the ongoing search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

A witness says he saw a man with Graham on East Main Street on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville around 1 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. Saturday. He described the person as a black male, 5'10" to 5'11", 250-285 pounds, with a close shaved head, goatee and slight 'beer belly.' He is reportedly in his late 20s to early 30s and was wearing black jeans and white t-shirt.

Police are calling the man a "person of interest" and ask anyone with information on him or who saw him to call the tip line at (434) 295-3851.

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Police released a video late Wednesday in which another man is seen following Graham on the downtown pedestrian mall. However, police say the man came forward and told police he was just trying to make sure she was safe.

"As he was following her, he says a black male came up to her and put his arm around her. He stopped her. They were talking, and from what he could see it was either someone she knew or someone who was trying to help her. He thought everything was fine, and so he walked away," said Captain Gary Pleasants.

Police have not said if the person of interest is the man described by the witness in the video.

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