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      UPDATE: "Human Remains" Found in Charlottesville, May or May Not Be Hannah Graham

      UPDATE:Charlottesville, VA - After five long weeks of searching, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo says Saturday's discovery of human remains could be a major break in the Hannah Graham case.At a press conference earlier, police said those remains were found on a piece of property off Old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County.All of the searches for Sunday have been called off.While there is no word on whether or not those remains belong to Hannah, police say this may be one step closer to closure for the Graham family.

      Longo says a search team from the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Department helped search an abandoned property along Old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County around noon Saturday.

      Longo says forensic tests still need to be done to determine the identification of those remains, but they did make that difficult phone call to Hannah's parents making them aware of the discovery.

      The Albemarle Co. Police Department says this is now a death investigation - which is being lead by Albemarle Co. Police.

      "We cannot and we will not jump to any conclusions regarding today's discovery so I ask for the public's patience as we move forward and pursue what is now an ongoing death investigation, "said Albemarle Co. Police Chief Steve Sellers.

      All this just one day after the 5 year anniversary of Morgan Harrington's death, and also only 5 miles from the site where Harrington's remains were found.

      Police say there is a forensic link between her remains and suspect in the Hannah Graham case, Jesse Matthew, and they urge the public to contact them with information on anything suspicious near the area the remains were found.

      "Seeing an individual fitting Jesse Matthew's description in that area, about that time, please contact the Albemarle Co. Police Department, " Sellers said.

      Hannah has been missing for more than a month now.

      She was last seen on surveillance video walking around downtown Charlottesville alone, and then again with a man who is believed to be Jesse Matthew.

      After being denied entry to a bar, she texted a friend saying she was lost and was not seen again.

      Jesse Matthew has since been charged with abduction with intent to defile in connection to her disappearance. He is expected to appear in court on the abduction charge in December.

      ---------------------Charlottesville, VA - Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo says human remains were found during a search Saturday.Just before noon, Longo says a search team from the Chesterfield County Sheriff's office found human remains on a piece of property off Old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County. Those remains will be sent to the Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond for autopsy and identification.Longo did not say whether or not those remains are believe to be those of missing UVa student Hannah Graham, but the Graham family was contacted and notified of the discovery.The Albemarle County Police Department is leading this death investigation. Chief Longo would not provide additional details at this time.He thanked the numerous people involved in the search for Hannah Graham in the last month since she went missing.Police asked anyone that has seen a person fitting the description of Jesse Matthew in the area of Old Lynchburg Road to contact police.Matthew has been charge with abduction with intent to defile in connection to Graham's disappearance.

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