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Hannah Graham Disappearance Noted by DNA Proponent

Hannah Graham got lost on her way to meet friends.
Hannah Graham got lost on her way to meet friends.

Friday marked the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia student who got lost on her way to meet friends, wandered the streets of Charlottesville, and was later found murdered by a man who had previously raped one woman and killed another.

Images of Hannah Graham wandering in the dark and into the arms of the man who later pleaded guilty to killing her and Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington remain indelible for many, but Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding hopes people also remember what followed:

"How hard both sets of parents -- the Harringtons and the Grahams -- worked in the General Assembly."

Those families helped expand Virginia's DNA databank -- expansions that, had they been in place, might have stopped the killer:

"well before Hannah Graham ever took that fateful walk that night."

Graham's disappearance received so much attention that a woman on a beach in Texas spotted the fugitive suspect. He's now serving multiple life sentences.

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