Albermarle County, Virginia – The human remains found interred in a shallow spot outside an abandoned residence last weekend were confirmed to be those of missing UVA co-ed Hannah Graham, age 18. The young woman disappeared six weeks ago on Saturday, September 13. Since then, police and volunteers expended thousands of man hours in a search for any clues leading to the young lady’s whereabouts. Finally, a search team discovered the human remains in a location not far from the former home of the mother of their sole suspect, Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr.
The 32-year-old African-American had been previously charged with kidnapping Graham with the intent to defile her virtue. Her disappearance followed a night of partying that turned tragic. Initially, she enjoyed a meal with her gal pals Friday night. She then went off to enjoy two campus frat parties. Sometime after leaving the second party, she lost her way. She even texted a friend that she was lost. Footage obtained by authorities shows her wandering about the neighborhood trying to find her way home. At times, she was seen running. Finally, she made her way along a seven block stretch of sidewalks past the Tempo Restaurant.
Sadly, it was at this time she would cross paths with Matthew who it appears offered to drive her home. Little did she know that he was a sexual predator. When police finally questioned Matthews regarding her whereabouts, he sped off in his car. He would later be picked up in the beach city of Galveston, Texas, over 1,300 miles away. The felony charge he carried mandated a DNA test. Since then, his DNA linked him to the murder of Virginia Tech co-ed Morgan Harrington back in 2009. It also linked him to a rape of a woman in nearby Fairfax two years ago. Matthew was accused of raping another co-ed at Liberty University in 2003, but the victim refused to proceed with the case resulting in the charges being dropped.
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Update: DNA links Hannah Graham suspect to Harrington killing, source says