CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield sheriffs discovered human remains while searching for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities announced Saturday.
Police have not yet identified the remains, but say they were found just before noon on Old Lynchburg Road. Hannah Graham's parents were notified of the discovery.
, the site is believed to be in the general area where Jesse Matthew once lived. Matthew is the only named suspect in the case and remains behind bars.
The remains will now be sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond. Authorities say the discovery is significant, but do not want to jump to conclusions. The Albemarle County Police Chief said the search is now shifting into a death investigation.
The discovery comes five weeks after Graham went missing, last seen early on September 13 on Charlottesville historic Downtown Mall.
effort to find the missing University of Virginia student on Thursday. Teams have been searching for anything that will lead them to her ever since, following up on more than 4,000 tips sent in by the public.
after hearings on two charges were continued. A bond hearing on the abduction charge is now set for December 4.
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Crews used drones, a specialized airplane taking high-definition images and have also asked hunters to keep an eye out for clues.