Law & Crime

Volunteers & Professionals Hit the Ground
1:43 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Searchers Unite to Find Hannah Graham

Credit Charlottesville Newsplex

More than 1,500 people spent the weekend searching for missing UVA student Hannah Graham.  We spoke with  Keegan Thomas, Gary Grant, Roger Hall, Jerry Haskins, Leighton Brown, Sue Harris, Allie and Alex Merrill, Professor Joe Garofalo, Megan Earl and Colleen O'Connor.

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Former Cab Driver
1:04 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Person of Interest Named in Charlottesville Investigation

Before going to work as a nursing assistant at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Jesse "LJ" Matthew drove a taxi in Charlottesville for many years. He's shown here with his Yellow Cab in 2007.
Credit : For a feature on people and their cars, a now-defunct weekly newspaper, The Hook, photographed Matthew in 2007

When Charlottesville police announced they had found the man seen with Hannah Graham on downtown mall security tapes, they refused to identify him.  This weekend a British newspaper named him and told his side of the story. 

The Daily Mail has named 32-year-old Jesse “LJ” Matthew as the person police believe was  seen with UVA student Hannah Graham early on the morning she disappeared.  He is, according to Police Chief Tim Longo, the guy who was seen on security videos following her, and later standing with his hands around her waist.

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8:15 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Charlottesville Police Making Progress in Graham Case

Charlottesville Chief of Police Timothy Longo

Charlottesville police say they’re making progress in their quest to figure out what happened to Hannah Graham.  After more than 400 tips came in from the public, they said she was seen with a 32-year-old man and may have gotten into his car – a vehicle they searched and impounded.  They also located the man and searched his apartment but have not charged him with anything.  Meanwhile, university police belatedly reported two possible rapes near campus after Hannah Graham went missing.  

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"You Have to Have Hope."
10:13 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Vigil for Hannah Graham

Credit L. Daniels/"Help Find Hannah Graham" Facebook Page

Several hundred people gathered at the University of Virginia last night for a candlelight vigil in support of Hannah Graham, a student who disappeared nearly a week ago.  Meanwhile, police are asking for more help from the public, and a search is planned for Saturday. 

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7:51 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Person of Interest Sought In Hannah Graham Investigation

Charlottesville police have released information about a person of interest in the Hannah Graham disappearance case.

Investigators are trying to find a black male, between 5'10" -5'11", about 250 to 285 pounds, with a closely shaved head and a goatee. He's described as being in his late 20s or early 30s, and wearing black jeans and a white t-shirt.

There is $50,000 dollar reward being offered for information.

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