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Neighbors React to Human Remains Believed to be Hannah Graham

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Searchers found what is believed to be the remains of Hannah Graham at noon Saturday on an abandoned property off of old Lynchburg Road in Albemarle County.

Road blocks were set up along Old Lynchburg Road between Red Hill Road and Plank Road. Dozens of Albemarle County police cruisers set those up at every entrance to the area Saturday afternoon.

Police officers only let through law enforcement vehicles and residents who live in those neighborhoods. Officers checked drivers' IDs to make sure people passing through actually live in the blocked off areas.

Lori Hamilton lives just doorsteps from where police say the remains were found. She tells NBC29 her family noticed something unusual in the area in the past few days.

“My husband started smelling things two days ago and saw vultures. And yesterday he was like 'Lori it really smells bad outside, lets shut the windows,'” said Hamilton.

Hamilton says most of the neighbors know each other and would notice suspicious activity. Police have set up a command post on Old Lynchburg Road just down from Hamilton's home.

A neighbor who requested not to go on camera told NBC29 that Jesse Matthew lived in the old Lynchburg Road area about six years ago and was familiar with the roads and rural stretches of that part of Albemarle County.

Hannah Graham was last seen on September 13 outside the Tempo restaurant on Charlottesville's downtown mall. That's about an 11 mile drive out 5th Street Extended, which becomes old Lynchburg Road, to the area of Walnut Creek Park in North Garden.

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