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Hannah Graham: Police Search Continues for Evidence in Disappearance

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    Northern Virginia bureau reporter David Culver looks at investigations involving Jesse Matthew and unsolved crimes in Central Virginia. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014)

    Police from across Virginia have stepped up a search in Charlottesville for personal items that could help them solve Hannah Graham's disappearance.

    About a dozen law enforcement officials were searching Wednesday in the area where they discovered human remains Saturday. 

    The body was found during a search for Graham, a UVa. student who has been missing for more than a month. Police have not said if the remains belong to Graham; Virginia's state medical examiner is working to identify the body.

    Officers have been searching along Old Lynchburg Road and in the surrounding creeks and woods for clothing and personal belongings that could be connected to Graham, sources say.

    Seperately, authorities plan to resume a search for the remains of a Virginia teenager who disappeared last year. According to police, they plan to renew efforts to comb through parts of Orange County in late November to look for the remains of Alexis Murphy.

    Randy Taylor is serving two life sentences for the abduction and death of Murphy, whose body has yet to be found.

    "My heart goes out to the Grahams, because I don't think they would have reached out to her family had they not had some idea that it was her remains that they found," Tina Murphy, Alexis Murphy's great aunt, said.

    She and the mother of Morgan Harrington, who was abducted and murdered in 2009, say they have both been putting aside their own cases to help find Graham.

    Meanwhile, the man accused of abducting Graham, Jesse Matthew, awaits trail. The FBI is looking to see if there's a possible link between Matthew and Murphy's disappearance.