Hannah Graham has been missing since the early morning hours of September 13. On Saturday afternoon, authorities discovered human remains behind an abandoned home. Officials have reportedly confirmed that the remains belong to the missing UVA student.
The missing teen was last seen at the Tempo Restaurant with 32-year-old Jesse Matthew. Although the suspect was arrested, and charged with abduction with intent to defile, he denied any responsibility in Hannah’s disappearance.
Following his arrest, authorities revealed that Matthew had a sordid past — which included accusations of sexual assault. They further linked the suspect to Morgan Harrington, who was abducted and killed in October 2009. Her remains were found more than three months later on an Abemarle County farm.
Unfortunately, Morgan Harrington’s murder remained unsolved for nearly five years. Following Hannah Graham’s disappearance, and Jesse Matthew’s arrest, authorities discovered forensic evidence linking the suspect to both women.
As reported by CBS News, authorities have not disclosed the nature of the forensic evidence. However, they have positively identified Jesse Matthew as a suspect in Morgan Harrington’s disappearance and death.
Authorities have now announced the discovery of remains, which likely belong to the missing UVA student. Ironically, the body was found only five miles from the farm where police found Morgan Harrington’s remains.
Col. Steve Sellers confirmed the “Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office crew… located the human remains along Old Lynchburg Road.” As reported by Newsplex, “two separate law enforcement officials have confirmed… the body is that of Graham.”
Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo refused provide details about the remains or evidence found at the scene. However, he said Hannah Graham’s family was informed of the grisly discovery. Although a medical exam is necessary for an official identification, witnesses said articles of clothing at the scene match what the teen was wearing when she disappeared.
Albemarle County Police Chief Steve Sellers said Hannah Graham’s disappearance “is now a death investigation.” As the investigation is not complete, officials “will not be releasing any details on specifics on the scene or evidence found at the scene.”
Authorities have asked anyone with information about the missing UVA student’s disappearance or death to contact the Albemarle County Police Department at 434-296-5807. They are also seeking any information or witnesses linking Jesse Matthew to the region surrounding Old Lynchburg Road.
The latest discovery may bring closure to the families of Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington. Unfortunately, closure is a small step in the process of overcoming a profound loss. As authorities continue their investigation, Jesse Matthew remains incarcerated without bond.
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