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Charlottesville police renew appeal for tips in Hannah Graham case

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) -

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo urged the public once again for help finding clues in connection to the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

Longo briefed the media Thursday afternoon, less than an hour after the only suspect, Jesse Matthew, awaited his return to Charlottesville to face an abduction charge in the case.

Around 1,500 tips have come in, but with none yet leading to the location of Hannah Graham, the police chief reiterated his plea for citizens to reach out to police with any information which would help the investigation.

Police set up a new email address for tips, CPDtips@charlottesville.org, along with the 24-hour tip line at 434-295-3851. Longo asked the public to report any unfamiliar tire tracks on their land, to check video from wildlife cameras and to look out for anything which may help their search.

Police believe Graham was wearing a shiny, silver sequined crop top with black mesh toward the bottom and black Capri pants with white shoes. She was carrying an iPhone 5S in a pink case.

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"If you see something that fits items description, don't touch them. Call us, we'll send an officer to recover those items," said Chief Longo. He also urged people to recall seeing Matthew or a blue Nissan, orange Chrysler around Graham's disappearance on Sept. 13.

A $100,000 reward is being offered for information in the case. Despite nearly two weeks having passed since the 18-year-old's disappearance, Chief Longo said he still remains hopeful.

"I have hope. I think Hannah's mom and dad have hope," said Chief Longo. "We all know how as each day goes by that hope will diminish."

Chief Longo said investigators have spoken with Matthew's family members and reviewed text messages sent from Graham's phone, but couldn't disclose details on what was said.

Matthew was arrested Wednesday in Galveston, Texas and waived extradition back to Virginia Thursday afternoon. Charlottesville police are expected to bring him back to face charges on Friday or Saturday. Police do not know what led Matthew to head out of state.

Meantime, the search for Hannah is moving south of Charlottesville to Albemarle County. Search teams combed Carter Mountain, Thursday.

Chief Tim Longo wants neighbors to inspect their farms, sheds, and wooded properties for any trace of the UVA student, or Jesse Matthew, the man charged with abducting her. Longo says the search for this bright, beautiful girl is still in full force.

"We have no idea, whatsoever, where she is, despite our best effort," said Longo.

Longo says residents should look for items like Hannah's clothing. Her phone is a iPhone 5s with a pink case. Investigators are even hoping to find tire tracks. Longo asks anyone with wildlife cameras to closely watch that footage.

"We're asking you to check it… to monitor the video that was captured sometime between midnight on the 13th of September... up until today," continued Longo.

Longo says investigators are working to pinpoint what happened to Hannah after she was last spotted on security footage. "This very big, large, significant block of time, between the time when we know Hannah Graham disappeared, and the time that disappearance was reported to us... We need to shrink that gap."

Detectives also want to know about Jesse Matthew.  They're calling on anyone who knows him to come forward, especially if they interacted with him around or after the night of Hannah's disappearance. "If his demeanor, his attitude, his personality was different...We need to know that," added Longo.

However, as days continue to pass, the chief says holding onto hope in finding Hannah safe, becomes more difficult. "I have hope. I think Hannah's mom and dad have hope. And we all know, how each day goes by, that hope will diminish."

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