Charlottesville police have issued an arrest warrant for Jesse Matthew, a man seen on security videos with UVA student Hannah Graham before she went missing.
Police Chief Tim Longo had a short announcement Tuesday – new charges have been filed against 32-year-old Jesse Matthew.
“This afternoon we reached that point where the Commonwealth felt we had sufficient probable cause to seek an arrest warrant for Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr. of Charlottesville, charging him with a class two felony of abduction with the intent to defile.”
With a suspect in the Hannah Graham case now in custody, police are still waiting for results from evidence sent to the state’s crime lab on Saturday.
Jeff Ban is Director of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science’s Central Lab in Richmond – a place that processes tens of thousands of samples each year, and he never knows how long any one analysis will take.
Modern DNA testing of biological evidence left in files decades ago by a now-deceased Virginia scientist has exonerated 11 individuals who had been convicted of felonies. At the direction of the General Assembly, the State Crime Commission has been trying to track down and notify 975 convicted suspects of their more recent test results.
Although the DNA testing and notification project has been ongoing for more than a decade, the project is still not finished.
Jesse Matthew, who’s wanted for questioning in connection with the disappearance of UVA student Hannah Graham, is still missing, and he’s become the subject of considerable talk in the town where he grew up. Police say he has no record of violent crime, but reporter Hawes Spencer has been asking around and has come up with some intriguing information. We talked with Spencer about one particular incident.
"Oh, my god, that's him?" asks Eric Wilke, a Charlottesville lawyer who was allegedly assaulted by Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. five years ago.
Hannah Graham's parents, John and Susan Graham, attended a news conference with authorities Sunday afternoon. They thank the community of volunteers for their support, and call the week, "a parent's worst nightmare."
Those with information about the case are asked to immediately call the Tip Line for Hannah Graham at 1-434-295-3851.