Hampton first responders join the search for Hannah Graham

Posted at 3:12 PM, Oct 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-13 16:50:12-04

Hampton, Va. (WTKR) - 25 first responders from Hampton have joined the  search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

A caravan of 16 Hampton Police Department members and nine Hampton Fire and Rescue Division members left Friday afternoon  for Charlottesville.

Hampton is responding to a mutual aid request put out by the Charlottesville Police Department on Thursday.

Graham, 18, was last seen on September 13, 2014 in Charlottesville.

Ever since, one of the largest searches in Virginia history has focused on bringing the UVA sophomore home.

"What we’ve been told so far is to expect rough terrain. Hilly, mountainous terrain. Certain areas like that," Hampton Police Department Major Randy Seals said Friday afternoon.

Hampton is also sending dive equipment, a bloodhound, ATV's and communication equipment to help in the search.

The men and women from Hampton acknowledge the significance of their mission, especially for bringing answers to the devastated family of Hannah Graham.

"We all greatly understand that we all have children and I think any of us standing here today would want us to do anything and everything possible," Major Seals told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo.

The first responders from Hampton are expected to remain in Charlottesville through Sunday.