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By LARRY O'DELL

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Police investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student said Friday that they have talked to a man they believe was with her in a bar the night she went missing but did not have enough information to arrest or detain him after searching his car and apartment.

In an emotional appeal, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo asked anyone who might have seen Hannah Graham and the man early Sept. 13 on the Downtown Mall to contact authorities.

"People saw Hannah, and people saw him, and people saw them together," Longo said.

Hundreds of volunteers have signed up for a massive search Saturday. Asked if he believed the 18-year-old Graham was still alive, Longo said he was "hopeful."

He said police believe Graham might have left the bar with the man in his burnt orange 1998 Chrysler coupe.

"If you remember seeing that vehicle and seeing it drive away, we need to hear from you," Longo said at a news conference.

He also urged anyone who might have seen the two at The Tempo bar and restaurant to call police.

Longo stopped short of calling the man a suspect, but said police are keeping an eye on him.

"We're very interested in learning more about his interactions with Hannah," he said.

Lead investigator Detective Sgt. Jim Mooney said he spoke with the man Friday morning when police executed a search warrant at his apartment "and I want to talk to him again." He declined to say what the man told him.

Longo said police had previous contacts with the man, but he would not provide details.

According to the chief, some of the more than 400 tips police have received prompted their search of the vehicle and the off-campus apartment. He declined to say what evidence police collected.

However, he said the search of the car "established probable cause" for the subsequent search of the apartment.

Until Friday, the search had focused primarily on Graham's movements the night of Sept. 12 and into the early morning hours of Sept. 13. The sophomore from northern Virginia met friends at a restaurant for dinner, stopped by two parties at off-campus housing units, and left the second party alone, police have said.

Surveillance videos showed her walking, and at some points running, past a pub and a service station and then onto the Downtown Mall, a seven-block pedestrian strip lined with shops and restaurants.

At 1:06 a.m. she texted friends that she was lost. She sent other texts, but police have said none of them reflected fear or panic.

Students and others turned out by the thousands late Thursday for a vigil. Graham's disappearance has left many on edge.

U.Va. freshmen Anna Frazier of Reston and Jefferson Sheron of Herndon strolled the Downtown Mall Friday afternoon not far from where surveillance cameras last captured Graham's grainy image.

"Before coming here, my parents said don't go anywhere by yourself," Frazier said of her arrival at U.Va. "My parents are really worried about it, which makes me more concerned. It definitely heightens your senses.

"I feel safe on (U.Va.) grounds, but I wouldn't come downtown without Jefferson here," Frazier, 18, said.

Sheron said Graham's disappearance increased his sense of responsibility to look out for his female friends.

"With all this stuff with Hannah it's first on your mind - let me walk you back to your dorm," said Sheron, also 18.

Longo said he visited with Graham's parents just before Friday's news conference.

"They want to know what happened to their little girl. That's all," he said.

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Police say man, missing Va. student were at bar
Missing UVa. student Hannah Graham, 18, was last heard from on Saturday, September 13 at 1:20 a.m., WTVR-TV reported. 
According to Charlottesville police, friends of the 18-year-old received a text from her at around 1:20 a.m. on September 13, and have not heard from her since. 
In this Nov. 14, 2014 file-pool photo, Jesse Matthew, right, looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. A judge is scheduled to hear arguments about whether to allow still and video cameras inside the courtroom for the upcoming attempted murder trial of Jesse Matthew in Fairfax County. Matthew is also charged in Charlottesville with the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, whose remains were found last year after an extensive search. In Fairfax, Matthew is charged in connection to a 2005 sexual assault. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Bill O'Leary, File-Pool)
This image provided by the Charlottesville Police Department shows missing 18-year-old University of Virginia student, Hanna Elizabeth Graham, in a surveillance photo Saturday Sept. 13, 2014 in Charlottesville, Va. Police continue the search around the University Tuesday for the missing student. (AP Photo/Charlottesville Police Department)
Hannah Graham is approximately 5'11" tall and has blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles, according to the Charlottesville Police Department
This undated photo provided by the Charlottesville, Va. Police Department shows Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. Authorities are again searching the apartment of Matthew, and they believe he is the last person seen with University of Virginia student Hannah Graham before she disappeared. Matthew is being sought on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving, but authorities also say they want to talk to him about 18-year-old Graham, who has been missing since Sept. 13. (AP Photo/Charlottesville, Va. Police Department)
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2015 filephoto, Jesse Matthew is escorted out of court after a hearing on two different murder charges in Charlottesville, Va. Matthew, charged with the murders of college students Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington, could receive up to life in prison for another attack on a woman a decade ago. Matthew, of Charlottesville, is scheduled for sentencing Friday afternoon in Fairfax County for attempted capital murder and sexual assault on a woman in 2005. DNA evidence collected from Matthew during last year's investigation of Graham's disappearance linked him to the Fairfax case, which had been unsolved. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
In this courtroom sketch, Jesse Matthew, left, attempts to raise his hands in shackles as Albemarle Circuit Court judge, Cheryl Higgins, right, asks him to verify he understands a proceeding during a motions hearing in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Lawyers for Matthew are asking a judge to consider Matthew's difficult upbringing ahead of his sentencing this week for a 2005 sexual assault. Matthew is awaiting trial in the killings of college students Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington (AP Photo/Isabel Zermani)
In this courtroom sketch, Jesse Matthew, left, in the Albemarle Circuit Court top center, speaks as his attorney, Doug Ramseur, presents motions to Judge Cheryl Higgins, right, during a motions hearing in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Lawyers for Matthew are asking a judge to consider Matthew's difficult upbringing ahead of his sentencing this week for a 2005 sexual assault. Matthew is awaiting trial in the killings of college students Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington. (AP Photo/Isabel Zermani)
In this sketch Jesse Matthew, left, in the Albemarle Circuit Court, speaks as his attorney, Doug Ramseur, top center, presents motions to Judge Cheryl Higgins, right, during a motions hearing in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Lawyers for Matthew are asking a judge to consider Matthew's difficult upbringing ahead of his sentencing this week for a 2005 sexual assault. Matthew is awaiting trial in the killings of college students Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington. (AP Photo/Isabel Zermani)
This sketch shows Jill Harrington in the Albemarle Circuit Court during a motions hearing for Jesse Matthew in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Lawyers for Matthew are asking a judge to consider Matthew's difficult upbringing ahead of his sentencing this week for a 2005 sexual assault. Matthew is awaiting trial in the killings of college students Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington. (AP Photo/Isabel Zermani)
This sketch shows Jesse Matthew, left, as he attempts to raise his hands in shackles as Albemarle Circuit Court judge, Cheryl Higgins, right, asks him to verify he understands a proceeding during a motions hearing in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Lawyers for Matthew are asking a judge to consider Matthew's difficult upbringing ahead of his sentencing this week for a 2005 sexual assault. Matthew is awaiting trial in the killings of college students Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington. (AP Photo/Isabel Zermani)
Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., right, appears before 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter, center, regarding his extradition back to Virginia Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. is escorted into a courtroom for an appearance before 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter regarding his extradition back to Virginia Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities Wednesday night Sept. 24, 2014. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
This undated image provided by the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office shows a booking photo of Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo announced Wednesday night Sept. 24, 2014. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/Galveston County Sheriff)
Charlottesville Police Chief, Tim Longo, wipes his eyes as he and Albermarle County police Col. Steve Sellers, brief the media on the discovery of remains in Albermarle County during a news conference in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Searchers found human remains on Saturday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of Hannah Graham, Chief Longo told a news conference. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Police block the road leading to the scene of a death investigation in connection with the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in Albermarle County, Va., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Searchers found human remains on Saturday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of Hannah Graham, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo told a news conference. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Police block the road leading to the scene of a death investigation in connection with the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in Albermarle County, Va., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Charlottesville Police Chief, Tim Longo, wears a Find Hannah button as he and Albermarle County police Col. Steve Sellers, brief the media on the discovery of remains in Albermarle County during a news conference in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Searchers found human remains on Saturday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of Hannah Graham, Chief Longo told a news conference. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Starburst candies and wristbands were handed out along with a program at a virtual candlelight vigil for missing Univ. of Virginia student Hannah Graham at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, VA on September 24, 2014. Graham went to West Potomac High, played softball there and was in the band. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A painted message is seen on the boulder outside Hannah Graham's alma mater, West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Va., Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, seeking her safe return. (AP Photo/Matt Barakat)
A flyer about the missing of Hannah Graham is seen October 2, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Eighteen-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham went missing early in the morning of September 13, 2014. It has been reported that she was last seen outside Tempo restaurant at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 02: A couple walk through the Downtown Mall October 2, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Eighteen-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham went missing early in the morning of September 13, 2014. It has been reported that she was last seen outside Tempo restaurant at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 02: A woman passes by Tempo Restaurant October 2, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Eighteen-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham went missing early in the morning of September 13, 2014. It has been reported that she was last seen outside Tempo restaurant at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: A couple walks on the sidewalk after 2am at the apartment complex where Hannah Graham lived in Charlottesville. Photos depict the route (as captured by surveillance cameras) thought to be where the lasting sightings of Hannah Graham occurred. Images were made in the early a.m. hours after midnight to approximate the conditions under which she was last seen. She went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
The sign of Tempo Restaurant is seen October 2, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Eighteen-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham went missing early in the morning of September 13, 2014. It has been reported that she was last seen outside Tempo restaurant at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Charlottesville, VA - October 3: Amalia Harte (center back to camera) a sophomore from Herndon, Va. hugs Samantha Westrum, a sophomore from Orange County, Ca. at Hugs for Hannah, an event sponsored by the Society for Awakening Souls held on the lawn at the University of Virginia, Friday October 3, 2014. At right, Patrick Rice, a sophomore from Franklin Lakes, N.J. holds the Hugs for Hannah sign. Hannah Graham has been missing since the morning of September 13, 2014. (Photo by Norm Shafer/ For The Washington Post via Getty Images).
This undated handout artist rendering provided by the FBI shows an unknown suspect in the 2009 death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, who went missing after attending a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The band Metallica is participating in a publicity campaign aimed at catching a man wanted in the death of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared after one of their concerts. (AP Photo/FBI)
Kelly Garr replenishes a bag of yellow ribbons in the Stratford Landing neighborhood Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Alexandria, Va. where missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham grew-up, and her parents still live. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., 32, charged with abducting Graham in Charlottesville, Va., was captured in Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, and is awaiting extradition — but there is still no sign the 18-year-old student who went missing Sept. 13, authorities said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
In this image provided by the Charlottesville Police Department via WRIC-TV Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014 shows the wanted poster issued for Leroy Matthew Jr. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said at a news conference Tuesday night that officers are looking for Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., 32, after obtaining a felony arrest warrant from a magistrate on a charge of abduction with intent to defile. They also continue to search for 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who went missing early the morning of Sept. 13. (AP Photo/Charlottesville, VA. Police Department via WRIC-TV)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: At a Friday afternoon press conference Charlottesville (R) Police Chief Timothy Longo (that's Det. Sgt. Jim Mooney just left of him) was emotional as he pleaded with the public to think about anything they may have seen or remembered about events on the downtown mall last Friday at the time Hannah Graham disappeared. Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: Investigators searched an apartment today as they followed up on a major lead they received in the case of missing UVA student Hannah Graham. They gathered after removing evidence from an apartment where a person of interest lived. Hannah Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: Investigators searched an apartment today as they followed up on a major lead they received in the case of missing UVA student Hannah Graham. A forensics officer from the Charlottesville Police Department talked with a neighbor behind the apartment that was searched. Hannah Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: At a Friday afternoon press conference Charlottesville (R) Police Chief Timothy Longo (that's Det. Sgt. Jim Mooney just left of him) was emotional as he pleaded with the public to think about anything they may have seen or remembered about events on the downtown mall last Friday at the time Hannah Graham disappeared. Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
If you saw Jesse Matthew or his car last Saturday morning w/ #HannahGraham, call the police tip line at 434.295.3851. http://t.co/65WLdgILX5
A candlelight vigil attended by hundreds was held tonight at McIntyre Amphitheater (on the UVA campus). The vigil was to honor Hannah Graham who went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. Among those who came to show support was (R) Lily Davis, (a freshman age 18) from Berryville, Va.(Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A candlelight vigil attended by hundreds was held at McIntyre Amphitheater (on the UVA campus). The vigil was to honor Hannah Graham who went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Bernard Bowles works very close to the spot on the mall where Heather Graham was last seen. He often hangs out in the area through the night and was around the night of her disappearance but says the he did not see anything unusual that night. Photos depict the route (as captured by surveillance cameras) thought to be where the lasting sightings of Hannah Graham occurred. Images were made in the early a.m. hours after midnight to approximate the conditions under which she was last seen. She went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
One of the cameras that captured Hannah Graham walking by on the mall. Photos depict the route (as captured by surveillance cameras) thought to be where the lasting sightings of Hannah Graham occurred. Images were made in the early a.m. hours after midnight to approximate the conditions under which she was last seen. She went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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