Hannah Graham’s Remains Identified; Missing UVA Student Death Confirmed
Police have confirmed that the human remains found last weekend in a field near the University of Virginia belong to Hannah Graham, the sophomore who went missing in September, leading to a massive search amid fears she’d been abducted and killed.
Sadly, investigators’ worst suspicions have been realized. On Friday, authorities announced that they had positively identified the body found in a creek bed behind a vacant home on October 18 as Graham’s.
Her parents, Sue and John Graham, visited the site on Friday.
“When we first met [Charlottesville Police] Chief Longo he promised to find our precious daughter, Hannah, and during five long weeks his resolve to fulfill that promise never wavered,” the Grahams wrote in a statement. “When we started this journey together we all hoped for a happier ending. Sadly that was not to be, but due to the tenacity and determination of Chief Longo, Hannah is coming home to us and we will be eternally grateful to him for this.”
Graham was last seen by her friends on the night of September 12 and went missing in the early hours of September 13 after being spotted on surveillance cameras with Jesse L. Matthew, Jr.
Police arrested Matthew on September 24 in connection with her disappearance, charging him at the time with abduction and intent to defile. On Friday, authorities indicated that they would now determine which heightened charges to bring against him.