Body Found In Search For Hannah Graham, Missing University of Virginia Student
Police believe they’ve found the body of Hannah Graham, the missing University of Virginia student whose disappearance in September led to a massive search across the area and fears she’d been abducted and killed.
On Saturday, law enforcement officials announced that they discovered human remains at an abandoned property in Albemarie County, which surrounds Charlottesville, where Graham was last seen on September 12.
The body has not yet been identified as Graham’s; forensic tests are still pending.
“This, sadly, is now a death investigation,” Steve Sellers of the Albermarie County Police told reporters. “Today’s discovery is a significant development. And we have a great deal of work ahead of us. We cannot and will not jump to any conclusions in regards to today’s discovery.”
Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo revealed that a search team had discovered the remains around noon on Saturday, and that detectives contacted Graham’s parents to share the “preliminary discovery” with them.
Graham was last seen by her friends on the night of September 12 and went missing in the early hours of September 13 after attending a party.
It’s believed that she was last with Jesse L. Matthew, Jr., and police arrested him on September 24 in connection with her disappearance, charging him at the time with abduction and intent to defile.
With the grisly discovery on Saturday, it’s possible Matthew will now be charged with Graham’s murder.