RICHMOND, Va. — Human remains found on an abandoned property off in Albemarle County were positively identified as missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, according to WTVR.
The remains were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for positive identification after a search team made up of Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department members found the remains Saturday.
The remains were found off Old Lynchburg Road during a search for Graham, who was last seen Sept. 13 in an area of Charlottesville known as the Downtown Mall.
Authorities released a written statement from Graham’s parents, John and Sue Graham.
Graham’s parents acknowledged the confirmation of the remains’ identity.
“When we started this journey together we all hoped for a happier ending,” the couple said in the statement. “Sadly that was not to be, but due to the tenacity and determination of (Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy) Longo, Hannah is coming home to us and we will be eternally grateful to him for this.”
Jesse Matthew, 32, is now behind bars, arrested in Texas as a suspect in Graham’s disappearance. He was transferred to Virginia and charged with abduction with intent to defile, and is being held in a Virginia jail.
At today’s press conference, police asked people who live off Old Lynchburg Road to come forward with any relevant information about Graham or Matthew.
Police recently seized a cab owned by Matthew, the last person seen with Graham and who also has been linked to another college student’s death in 2009.
Matthew was driving the cab in 2009, when 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington went missing after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville. She was last seen hitchhiking along U.S. 29 outside of Charlottesville, and her remains were found on a farm months later.
No arrests have been made in her case, and the cause of her death still is under investigation. Yet, late last month, DNA evidence linked Matthew to Harrington’s death.
Around that time, Matthew was a private contractor for the owner of a local, now-defunct cab company called Access.
For more updates, visit WTVR.