Law and Crime

The Search for Hannah Graham
7:35 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Charlottesville Journalist Sheds Light on Jesse Matthew

Hawes Spencer

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. 

Matthew is wanted for alleged reckless driving.  Police say he sped away from officers who were keeping an eye on him.

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Law & Crime
5:29 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Hannah Graham's Parents Speak Out

John and Susan Graham

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.

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5:23 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Person of Interest Also Wanted for Driving Charge

The man confirmed as a "person of interest" in the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is now wanted  for reckless driving.

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo says 32-year-old Jesse "LJ" Matthew showed up at the police department this weekend, asked for a lawyer, and shortly after left the area driving recklessly, followed by state and federal authorities who now have a warrant for his arrest over the driving charge.

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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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