Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., the man suspected in the disappearance of Hannah Graham, has been charged with abducting and raping another woman in 2005.
Jesse Leroy Matthew, 32, was indicted on charges of attempted capital murder in Fairfax County, Virginia, on October 20.
The suspect is being held in connection with Hannah Graham’s disappearance on September 13.
On October 18, authorities discovered a body which may be Hannah Graham’s in Albemarle County.
In the newest charges, Virginia officials have thus far declined to offer further details regarding the investigation and victim, a 26-year-old woman abducted from suburban Washington DC in 2005.
Hannah Graham’s abductor Jesse Leroy Matthew was also indicted on charges of attempted capital murder in Fairfax County (photo AP)
“The victim… is grateful that the case will go forward,” Fairfax County commonwealth attorney Raymond Morrogh told reporters on October 20.
Jesse Leroy Matthew is currently being held in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he has been charged with abduction with intent to defile.
Hannah Graham, 18, was last seen on September 13, when she disappeared after an evening of drinking and socializing with friends.
She had been in her second year of study at the University of Virginia, where she was described as a bright student who got top marks in her exams.
Hannah Graham was born in Reading, southern England, and moved to the US with her parents at the age of five.
On October 18, a body was discovered in an abandoned property in Albermarle County.
Charlottesville police chief Timothy J Longo earlier said officers had contacted Hannah Graham’s parents shortly after a search team found the body and made a preliminary identification.
Positive identification will only be made after a post-mortem is conducted by the state medical examiner, Detective Sgt James Mooney of the Charlottesville Police Department told local media.
Jesse Matthew, a nursing assistant, was identified as a suspect soon after Hannah Graham’s disappearance. He was taken into custody by police in Galveston, Texas, 1,300 miles from where Hannah Graham was last seen.
Authorities say Jesse Matthew’s arrest had also provided a “forensic link” to the case of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, who went missing from Charlottesville in October 2009.
Her body was found on a farm in Albemarle County three months after she went missing.
Morgan Harrington’s case has been linked by DNA evidence since 2012 to the rape of a woman in Fairfax, Virginia, who survived after a passer-by startled her attacker, the FBI says.
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Human remains that could be those of Hannah Graham, who has been missing since September 13, have been found by Virginia police.
Forensic tests are under way to determine whether the remains are those of 18-year-old British-born student Hannah Graham.
Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., 32, was charged last month with abduction of Hannah Graham.
He was taken into custody by police in Galveston, Texas, 1,300 miles from where she was last seen.
Thousands of volunteers have searched local areas in the weeks since the disappearance of Hannah Graham, who was born in Reading, southern England.
Sources say Hannah Graham’s body was found in Walnut Creek Park area close to where Jesse Matthew’s grew up in his mother’s old home.
Hannah Graham has been missing since September 13
Police Chief Tim Longo said that Jesse Leroy Matthew’s arrest had also provided a “forensic link” to a separate case from 2009.
Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, went missing from Charlottesville and was found dead months after she went missing.
Jesse Leroy Matthew, a nursing assistant, was identified as a suspect soon after Hannah Graham’s disappearance on Saturday September 13.
Witnesses reported seeing a man matching his physical description drinking with Hannah Graham on the night she went missing, and he appeared twice in CCTV footage walking alongside her, police said.
At 01:20, Hannah Graham sent a text message to a friend saying she was lost after an evening of drinking and socializing in the town. She was neither seen nor heard from again.
Police had offered $100,000 for information on her whereabouts, a sum which included contributions from the local community.
The following day police searched Jesse Leroy Matthew’s apartment and vehicle. He then visited a Charlottesville police station accompanied by relatives, spoke briefly with officers, then asked for a lawyer.
Jesse Leroy Matthew was allowed to leave, then drove away from the police station at high speed, prompting police to charge him with reckless driving and obtain a warrant for his arrest.
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In a second search of the home of Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., the man believed to be the last person seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, officials said they took pieces of clothing.
However, the authorities would not elaborate on the importance of the items.
The clothing was found on September 22 at Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr.’s apartment, Charlottesville Police Capt. Gary Pleasants told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
Authorities first searched the 32-year-old’s car and apartment on September 19, and Gary Pleasants said information that came up during the investigation led to a second search of the apartment. He would not give details about the clothing or elaborate on the search.
Police have said they hope to receive lab results on September 23 from items recovered during the initial searches, and authorities are still trying to locate the campus employee to arrest him on reckless driving charges.
Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., a patient technician in the operating room at the university’s medical center, hasn’t been charged in the disappearance, but authorities say they want to talk to him about 18-year-old Hannah Graham, the sophomore from northern Virginia who has been missing since September 13. Police have not offered any details about how the two may be connected.
Gary Pleasants said authorities have not had contact with Jesse Leroy Matthew since September 20, when he stopped by the Charlottesville police station with several family members for about an hour and asked for a lawyer. He was provided with one but left in a vehicle at a high rate of speed that endangered other drivers and led to the reckless driving charges, Charlottesville police Chief Timothy Longo has said.
Hannah Graham’s disappearance has sent a ripple of fear through the quiet college town of Charlottesville (photo AP)
Virginia State Police officers were conducting surveillance of the vehicle at the time but did not pursue Jesse Leroy Matthew, a spokeswoman said.
Gary Pleasants said investigators have questioned Jesse Leroy Matthew’s mother and uncle, who accompanied him to the police station. He added that search crews on September 22 covered areas in the southern part of the city that had not previously been searched.
Authorities on September 22 also released a wanted poster on Jesse Leroy Matthew. It says the 6-foot-2, 270-pound man was last reported on September 21 as driving his sister’s 1997 light blue Nissan Sentra, and notes that he is said to have contacts in Virginia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
Police said they have focused on Hannah Graham’s movements the night of September 12 and into the early morning hours of September 13.
Hannah Graham, a sophomore from northern Virginia, met friends at a restaurant for dinner, stopped by two parties at off-campus housing units and left the second party alone, police have said.
Surveillance videos showed Jesse Leroy Matthew walking, and at some points running, past a pub and a service station and then onto the Downtown Mall, a seven-block pedestrian strip lined with shops and restaurants.
According to family members and police, Hannah Graham is an alpine skier and plays the alto saxophone. Organizers of a candlelight vigil last week at the university handed out her favorite candy, Starburst. Longo said he learned from visiting with Graham’s parents that the graduate of West Potomac High School earned straight A’s six years in a row.
Hannah Graham’s disappearance has sent a ripple of fear through the quiet college town of Charlottesville. Students have said they’ve begun walking in pairs at night and are paying closer attention to their surroundings. More than 1,000 volunteers also participated in a weekend search for Hannah Graham, according to authorities.
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