How “coincidental” is the path – when it’s EXACTLY five years (to the day) when Morgan Harrington disappeared – for a search team to feel guided to the missing body of Hannah Graham.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. — The Chesterfield Sheriff’s Department sergeant who discovered human remains while searching for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham said he believed God wanted them to find what they found. Sgt. Dale Terry said his five-person team had finished their search mission near Walnut Creek Park around noon Saturday when something came over him to check nearby properties.
“I don’t know how else to explain it,” he said. “Something inside me just told me to continue to look.”
Terry said the vertebrae bone appeared long and consistent with a tall person’s body. He said the body was not buried and its location was not far from the road.
He said his search team felt compelled to volunteer to find Hannah Graham in an effort to bring closure and justice for her family.
“We stayed positive, upbeat,” he said. “We knew we were here for a mission to bring closure and hopefully that’s what we’ve done.”
Terry led the search team that found remains along an abandoned property off of Old Lynchburg Road in southern Albemarle County. Saturday’s discovery came more than a month after Graham was last seen walking along the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia on September 13.
The remains were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond to be autopsied and positively identified. (read more with Video)