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Police described the 18-year-old Northern Virginia native as a 5'11" white female with a skinny build.
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Police block the road leading to the scene of a death investigation in connection with the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hanna 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)
Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo addresses reporters at a briefing Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Charlottesville at a staging area for the search team looking for missing UVa. student Hannah Graham. Longo said Sunday that law enforcement is aggressively searching the county surrounding Charlottesville for any sign of Graham, who disappeared on Sept. 13. A search team of about 100 law enforcement officers and other trained searchers was combing through the countryside over the weekend. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)
Missing UVa. student Hannah Graham, 18, was last heard from on Saturday, September 13 at 1:20 a.m., WTVR-TV reported. 
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)
A police officer jumps a fence as he searches for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in Keswick, Va., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., charged with abducting Graham, didn't appear in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing on reckless driving charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Police on ATV's search for any sign of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in Keswick, Va., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., charged with abducting Graham, didn't appear in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing on reckless driving charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Police on ATV's search the fence line along a highway for any sign of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in Keswick, Va., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., charged with abducting Graham, didn't appear in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing on reckless driving charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Members of the Virginia State Police assemble on Sunday, Oct. 5, in Charlottesville, Va., at a staging area for the search team looking for missing UVA student Hannah Graham. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said Sunday that law enforcement is aggressively searching the county surrounding Charlottesville for any sign of raham, who disappeared on Sept. 13. A search team of about 100 law enforcement officers and other trained searchers was combing through the countryside over the weekend. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)
Graham was last seen wearing a black crop top with mesh cut outs on Friday, September 12, according to WTVR-TV. 
Hannah Graham is approximately 5'11" tall and has blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles, according to the Charlottesville Police Department
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. 
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)
A police officer looks into a well while searching for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in Keswick, Va., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., charged with abducting Graham, didn't appear in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing on reckless driving charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
In this Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 photo provided by the FBI, agents escort Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr., center, from a plane during extradition to Charlottesville, Va. Matthew, 32, is suspect in the Sept. 13, 2014 disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. (AP Photo/FBI)
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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)
Jill Howard, left, and her stepdaughter Martie Belt, talk about the arrest of Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. as they walk along the beach Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, near Gilchrist, Texas, on the Bolivar Peninsula. 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/David J. Phillip)
Jill Howard points down the beach in the direction where Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was arrested Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, near Gilchrist, Texas, on the Bolivar Peninsula. 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/David J. Phillip)
Jill Howard, left, and her stepdaughter Martie Belt, look for seashells as they walk along the beach Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, near Gilchrist, Texas, on the Bolivar Peninsula. Jesse Leroy 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/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)
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. 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. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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)
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)
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)
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)
CORRECTS SOURCE - 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)
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)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: 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)
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
This is a picture of Jesse Matthew's car. If you think you saw it PLEASE call the tip line. 434-295-3851 @CBS6 http://t.co/WQBWDNmfhu
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 18: 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)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 18: 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. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: 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)
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: 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)
Thoughts are with @UVA as they search for one of their own, Hannah Graham. #OneStateOneFight #hoosgotyourback
Important: CPD has advised that a UVA student, Hannah Graham, has been missing since 1:20 am on Sat. Call CPD with info: 434-970-3280.
Photo of missing UVA student Hannah Graham may be found here: http://t.co/LjB6zbhpX8 Please contact CPD at 434-970-3280 if you have seen her
PLEASE RT: @UVA student Hannah Graham missing since Sat. If you have info, call 434-970-3280 http://t.co/suXp2pWXBd http://t.co/M6j4a2eeMO
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville's police chief said Sunday that an anguished statement from the parents of a missing University of Virginia student has given investigators fresh resolve to carry on with the difficult search of hundreds square miles of countryside.

Police Chief Timothy Longo said that law enforcement is aggressively searching areas surrounding Charlottesville - many of which are hilly or thick with brush - for Hannah 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.

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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.

Longo said all-terrain vehicles, aircraft and mounted officers are searching rural Albemarle County, parts of which are hilly or mountainous.

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

Sharon Johnson, a canine handler and president of the nonprofit search organization Dogs East, has been assisting the search with a black German Shepherd named Gyro. Gyro is trained to detect the scent of any living human or body.

Asked about the challenges the searchers face, she noted the duration of the search and difficult brush that the dogs are trained to break through: "The dogs and the handlers are getting, just, tired."

But she added, "As long as we're needed, we'll be here."

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