Here’s the basic story on Hannah Graham: she sent a text to friends around 1:20am on Saturday claiming she was lost (in an area she supposedly knows well). It appears she was “visibly intoxicated” at a bar called McGrady’s around 12:45am, and the location of the sent text is a 14-minute walk from there — but, as you can tell via elementary math, there’s a 35-minute gap in timeline (12:45 to 1:20). There’s also rumors / facts she was in the Preston Avenue area of Charlottesville as well:
The family is saying this:
We have a distressing situation here, as a result. She’s been missing since Saturday evening — as I write this post, it’s later on Tuesday afternoon in Virginia. She was 18 and likely intoxicated. Could she have run across the wrong person / people?
This is obviously doubly distressing because of the Morgan Harrington case, which unfolded in the same way in the same town several years ago. Harrington was found murdered, and DNA on her had a link to a 2005 case. No one has been arrested, though. Harrington’s mother often said that her daughter’s killer would strike again, and she’s even spoken out on the Hannah Graham case too (hoping for the best).
You hope there’s not a tie between these two cases, but if so, you hope the guy (or woman, I suppose) responsible for both is brought to justice.
There are also some similarities here with the Lauren Spierer case in terms of an under-aged girl being intoxicated and being seen a couple of times on grainy surveillance footage. That case, alas, has also never been solved.
The FBI is also involved at present. Let’s try to break this down a little bit, insofar as a person can who’s only been to UVA’s campus once.
If you walk about 14-15 minutes east of McGrady’s, you get into a downtown C-Ville area, or so it appears:
As has been noted on a few other threads, the entire walking route is fairly populated with people — and unless the 1:20am text of her being lost was sent by someone else, we know she arrived in the area she was lost in.
In addition to Harrington, there’s also this sobering note:
At least three other young women have disappeared in the area in the last five years. Nineteen-year-old Samantha Ann Clarke, who vanished after leaving her Orange County townhouse in September 2010, and 19-year-old DaShad Laquinn Smith, who disappeared in Charlottesville in November 2012, remain missing.
Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, disappeared from the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena while attending a rock concert in October 2009. Her remains were found three months later in a rural area. No arrests have been made.
Northeast of UVA
There were apparently new tips leading a bloodhound search to an area northeast of UVA, but that search turned up nothing.
Centering On The Bar (McGrady’s)
Here’s what we basically know, right?
- She was at a party with a male friend around 9pm — that’s the surveillance you typically see with her showing midriff
- She was at a bar by 12:45am
- She was lost by 1:20am
- The male friend from the party offered to walk her home and she declined
So, if you put those elements together, there’s a good chance she was drunk at the bar and got noticed by someone. That happens all the time. It could have happened in the Spierer case, although in that case it does seem like maybe one of her friends is involved in some form of cover-up (that’s just me guessing). If someone saw she was drunk and followed her as she stumbled away, well … that’s your story right there.
If you have additional context and come across this post, definitely add to the comments, just so we can build out the story a bit more.