Suspect in Hannah Graham Disappearance Is Linked to 2009 Murder of Morgan Harrington

Well, this is the horrible news we’ve all been waiting for: Jesse Matthew, the man who’s been charged with abducting Hannah Graham, is likely the same man who killed Morgan Harrington back in 2009.


Forensic evidence links Jesse Matthew Jr., who police believe abducted 18-year-old Hannah Graham from a Charlottesville, Va., mall earlier this month, to the 2009 disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, CBS affiliate WTVR reported, citing sources close to the investigation.

“Last week, the arrest of Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, Va., provided a significant break in [the Harrington] case with a new forensic link for state police investigators to pursue,” Virginia State Police said in a statement. “There is still a great deal of work to be done in regards to this investigation and we appreciate the public’s patience as we move forward.”

Harrington, who was 20, was last seen attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville in Oct. 17, 2009, where she became separated from friends. Her remains were found three months later on a farm 10 miles outside of Charlottesville. While police released few details about Harrington’s death, her family said in 2010 she had been kidnapped, raped and murdered.

Matthew was allegedly kicked out of Liberty University way back in 2002 for an attempted rape, and DNA evidence has always linked Morgan Harrington’s killer to a rapist in Fairfax, Virginia. For all we know, the man is a serial killer with victims all over the place – and it’s taken more than a decade to catch him. Scary.

H/T: Fox News

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