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Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham's Parents Spur Search

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A flyer about the missing of Hannah Graham is seen October 2, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 06 Oct 2014 05:40 AM

An anguished statement from the parents of  missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has spurred the search for her over hundreds of square miles of hilly or mountainous countryside using all-terrain vehicles, aircraft and mounted officers.

The Associated Press reported Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo as saying law enforcement is aggressively searching areas surrounding Charlottesville – many of which are thick with brush – for Graham, who disappeared on Sept. 13.

He said he hopes that the plight of Hannah's parents moves anyone who may have information about the disappearance to come forward.

"This young lady disappeared. She was taken. Somebody has to know something. Somebody has to have seen something," he said in a short interview Sunday afternoon.

A team of about 100 law enforcement officers and other trained searchers were combing the countryside over the weekend for any sign of the college sophomore. Teams have been searching every day since the 18-year-old student vanished.

On Saturday, her parents made an emotional plea for whoever is responsible for the disappearance to help find their daughter. In the videotaped statement, Sue Graham said: "Please, please, please help end this nightmare for all of us." The Grahams also thanked law enforcement for their efforts.

Longo said that while the timing of the release of the statement wasn't strategic, the Grahams want to assist the search effort. Law enforcement has received more than 3,300 tips, and thousands of people have seen the video carried by news organizations around the country.

"They don't want this to be about them. They want this to be about their daughter, and their fear is that if they're out there, this suddenly becomes about them," he said. "But they've also said: 'If we can be helpful to communicate a message, to generate community support or information, we're very happy to do that,'" he said.

Longo also said he read the Grahams' words aloud to the search team on Saturday.

"They went out here yesterday with a clearer understanding of the importance of finding Hannah Graham," he told reporters at a morning news briefing.

He asked area property owners to check their land.

"If you have a well on your property, search that well. If you have an abandoned structure, search that structure," he said.

"Lots of these areas are very difficult to get to," he said.

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