Volunteers needed Sunday to assist with search for Hannah Graham

October 17, 2014  //  

VDEM Press Release

10501 Trade Court
Richmond, Virginia 23226


Oct. 17, 2014

CONTACT: For Media Inquires Only: Dawn Eischen
 (804) 674-2400

Volunteers needed Sunday to assist with search for Hannah Graham – CANCELLED

The public search for Hannah Graham scheduled for Walnut Creek Park tomorrow has been canceled. Authorities are focusing their attention on recent evidence, which limits law enforcement resources necessary to carry out a public search. Thank you for your consideration and patience.

RICHMOND, Va. – Following a month of extensive state and local efforts to search for missing University of Virginia student, Hannah Graham, officials are, once again, reaching out to the community for volunteers to assist with the search.

Organized searches will take place Sunday at Walnut Creek Park (4250 Walnut Creek Road, North Garden) in Albemarle County at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. All volunteer searchers must register online at www.hikeforhannah.brmrg.org. Due to limited parking and facilities, only the first 200 registrants will be accepted. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate in the search.

Registrants must select either the 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. search, or both. Only those who have registered will be permitted to participate in Sunday’s search. Sunday’s search efforts will terminate at 4 p.m.

Volunteer searchers will be hiking off-trail, through dense vegetation and brush. They are encouraged to wear long pants, sturdy footwear (boots preferred) and a light jacket. Searchers should also bring:

  • Safety vest or blaze orange shirt, jacket or hat to increase visibility (search will be conducted adjacent to areas where hunting may take place)
  • Small backpack to carry at least 2 quarts of water and food/personal items
  • Lunch and snacks for the day (food will not be provided)
  • Bug repellant (ticks are prominent in this area)
  • Small, personal first aid kit (recommended)
  • Leather work gloves

Volunteers will sign in when they reach the park. A general briefing will be provided and then volunteers will be divided into teams and assigned a team leader. Team leaders will be briefed separately with specific task instructions.

A mass search for Graham was held the weekend of Sept.20-21. Approximately 1,250 community volunteers covered areas within the city of Charlottesville.


Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund