Missing University of Virginia Student Last Seen Being Followed by a Man

A chilling surveillance video has surfaced after an 18-year-old University of Virginia student went missing over the weekend that shows a man following her at a mall.

The last text message Hannah Graham sent to a friend read, "I'm coming to a party ... but I'm lost," which was received at 1:20 a.m. A video shows she was at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville about a half hour after she left an off-campus party -- and that a man can be seen glancing briefly over his shoulder as he walks down a street before stepping into a doorway and stopping. After Graham walks by the doorway a few minutes later, the same man is spotted stepping out and following her.

In a second video, which was filmed two minutes later, the young girl is spotted walking with another woman while the man from the doorway trails behind them.

Police were actually able to find and question the mystery man, but what he had to say only confused matters even more for police.

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According to the man in the video, he was only following Graham because she appeared to be intoxicated and he wanted to know if he could help her. He also claims he saw another man put his arm around the teen. Now police are shifting their focus to try to identify and locate the alleged second man.

Additional surveillance footage exists and police say they are going to view each video and try to find out where Graham and the unidentified man went next. Cops say they still do not suspect foul play was involved in the student's disappearance.

Graham is a second-year student at UVA. She is described as 5'11", skinny, with blue eyes, light brown hair, and freckles. She was last spotted wearing a black crop top with mesh cutouts. 

Her distraught parents released the following statement:

Hannah is beyond precious to us, and we are devastated by her disappearance. It is totally out of character for us not to have heard from her, and we fear foul play. We are in constant contact with the Charlottesville Police Department and the University of Virginia.

We have learned CPD has received many helpful leads from the public. We are very grateful for all information already provided and urge members of the public to continue to call the dedicated tip line, with anything at all, however small it seems.

We would also like to recognize the many messages of support we have received from Hannah's friends at UVA, her friends from high school, band and softball team, as well as our neighbors, friends and work colleagues, too many to count.­­­­­

Although we are British, Hannah has lived in Virginia since she was five. This is her home and we have always felt welcome here.

We are so very grateful for everyone involved in the search for Hannah. Like you, we will not rest until we find her and she comes home.

Once again, if you have any information at all, however insignificant it may seem, please call 434-295-3851. Thank You.

John and Susan Graham

Let's hold on to hope that this young woman returns safely to her family.

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Image via Charlottesville Police Department

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