CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Human remains discovered Saturday are believed to be the body of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, police said during a press conference .
“This sadly is now a death investigation,” Albemarle Police Chief Steve Sellers said.
The remains must be taken to the medical examiner’s office to determine with certainty that the remains are that of Graham. The remains were found off Old Lynchburg Road today during a search for Graham, who was last seen Sept. 13 in an area of Charlottesville known as the Downtown Mall. Police have been asking owners of large parcels of property in surrounding counties to search their land and report back. The remains were found about 11 miles from the Downtown Mall.
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.
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