University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been missing since Saturday. Graham’s family and police are, of course, frantic to find the 18-year-old sophomore. A break came in the investigation into her disappearance when surveillance video surfaced that appears to show a man following Graham the night she disappeared.
That man, who has yet to be named by police, is now a person of interest in the case. His explanation for the suspicious behavior: he was following Graham out of concern, but he left when he saw a black man approach and put his arm around her. Fox8 out of Charlottesville reported:
Wednesday evening Capt. Gary Pleasants told CBS 6 that they examined two new videos, which showed an unidentified white male following Graham.
The first video was taken at 1:06 a.m. from Sal’s Pizza, located at 221 E. Main St. It shows a white male walking into the cameras view, he looks over his shoulder, then steps into a doorway and Graham walks past him, police said.
After she passes, the male starts walking behind her. The second video picks up at 1:08 a.m., from a camera at Tuel’s Jewelers located at 319 E. Main St. The video shows Graham walking with the same white male some distance behind her, Pleasants said.
Pleasants then said that the man in the video came to the police station, and said he had also left his story on the tip line.
He told police that he was walking with her to make sure she was okay, because she seemed physically distressed and he “wanted to make sure she got safely wherever she was going.”
The man told police that he saw a black man approach Hannah, and that man put his arm around her. The unidentified man told police she didn’t react, and seemed to know him. Once those two started speaking, he said it appeared the black male was “was either known to Ms. Graham or was trying to help her.”