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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Nearly 1,000 volunteers, some driven by worry for the safety of their own families, fanned out from the University of Virginia campus Saturday to search for a sophomore who disappeared a week ago.

Volunteers met at the university's basketball arena before going out in teams throughout Charlottesville to search for 18-year-old Hannah Graham.

"I have two daughters of my own and I would hope that if one of them was missing, everyone would come out as well," said Marci Stewart, a volunteer searcher.

Police said Friday they have spoken with a man they believe was with her in a bar on the night she went missing, but did not have enough information to arrest or detain him after searching his car and apartment.

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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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In an emotional appeal, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo asked anyone who might have seen Graham and the man early Sept. 13 on the Downtown Mall to contact authorities. Longo stopped short of calling the unidentified man a suspect, but said police are keeping an eye on him.

Police have focused 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.

Graham's disappearance has sent a ripple of fear through the quiet college town.

Maria Faidas, a sophomore who volunteered to help search Saturday, said she lives a block from Graham and has walked home alone before without thinking twice of the possible dangers.

"It's definitely a wake-up call, I think, because I always felt safe," she said.

Students said they've started walking in pairs at night and are paying closer attention to their surroundings.

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 town house 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.

Police have said they do not think Graham's disappearance is linked to any of the other missing women.

Emily Kilroy, a consultant who also helped search, said the episodes are "starting to feel like a pattern" that's especially unfortunate in a college town with so many young women.

"They should be made to feel safe," she said.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Dawn Eischen said there were 981 volunteer searchers as well as 100 others who had search-and-rescue training. She said the search would continue Sunday.

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