The man who called in a tip that may have led to the discovery of a human remains behind an empty house in southern Albemarle says that it was the sheer number of vultures that caught his eye.
Longtime resident Bobby Pugh says he had passed by the house many times before. But recently, on his way to a landscaping job, he spotted as many as 30 buzzards.
"And happened to look over and notice the buzzards on the roof and in the trees. It was too many for a normal reason. I didn't think it was a skunk carcass or something-- it was a lot, and it caught my eye."
Police in Albemarle County are waiting for results from the state’s crime lab – hoping to learn whether remains found over the weekend are those of missing UVA student Hannah Graham.
Search teams were working in an area near Walnut Creek – less than ten miles from where the remains of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington was found, when they made a grim discovery Saturday. Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo told reporters:
Searchers may have found the remains of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, the University of Virginia student who disappeared five weeks ago.
Search teams from around the state had been combing farm fields and woods around Charlottesville when they made a grim discovery Saturday. Police Chief Tim Longo told reporters:
“Sometime before noon today a search team from the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Department was searching an abandoned property along Old Lynchburg Road in southern Albemarle County when they discovered what appears to be human remains.”
With the disappearance of Hannah Graham, Morgan Harrington, Alexis Murphy, Dashad Smith and other young adults, some people wonder if a serial killer is at work in and around Charlottesville.
Law enforcement experts say that while it's possible, other factors may account for these tragic cases. Central Virginia isn’t the only place reporting missing people, and such things have occurred in the past.
Police have a suspect in the disappearance of Hannah Graham, but their investigation continues. They’re not saying much, but in the first of a two-part series, here's a look at what may be going on behind the scenes and why.
For nearly a month now, volunteers and professionals have been searching for Hannah Graham. It seems unlikely she is still alive, but even finding her body could be central to the case.
“Without a body, there always becomes the question – is this person just missing?”