Chesterfield sheriffs help in search for Hannah Graham

Chesterfield sheriffs help in search for Hannah Graham

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield sheriffs joined the search effort to find Hannah Graham Thursday.

More than 30 days after the University of Virginia student went missing, the Charlottesville Police Department is calling in some extra help.

Teams have been hunting for anything that will lead them to Hannah Graham. 4,000 leads have come in and 52 different people from across the Commonwealth joined to try and bring the Graham family a little closure.

"The units who were here before us were here for about 33 days and they're tired and what we bring right now is a fresh set of eyes, new energy," Sgt. Dale Terry of the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office said.

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Ten members of the Chesterfield team split up to try and find clues. One group worked a stretch along the train tracks, in a line formation-looking for something that just doesn't seem to fit.

"Everything that stands out as a clue, anywhere from a sock, to a soda can. Anything that is new and fresh to the area is something that we want to pick up on," Sgt. Terry explained.

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo says crews continue to comb the five to eight-mile radius where Hannah was last seen.

"Our mission here is to find Hannah and find evidence to this criminal investigation we've undertaken," Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said. 

Police are continue to search for any sign of Hannah includes clothes and her phone. They're also looking for the clothing of suspect Jesse Mathew. Longo says having a brotherhood his department can turn to makes the job a little less daunting.

"It's very encouraging and comforting as a law enforcement professional to know that we live in a commonwealth where the resources to public safety work so well together and in such a seamless way," Chief Longo said.

Once the current radius has been searched, Chief Longo says it will be time for Charlottesville police to determine what's next. It could mean perhaps expanding the search area an additional 2-miles or only investigating specific tips and leads.

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