Jesse Matthew Was Hiding in Age-Old Hiding Spot
Man charged in Hannah Graham's disappearance accused of rape in 2002
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2014 7:36 AM CDT
A pedestrian walks past a missing poster for Hannah Elizabeth Graham on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Va., on Sept. 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Ryan M. Kelly)
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(Newser) – Jesse Matthew, charged with the abduction of missing UVa student Hannah Graham, was found in Galveston, Texas, Wednesday on a "beach out in the boonies," as one Texan put it. After a tip, police spotted Matthew camped out on a sliver of sand on the remote Bolivar Peninsula—the site of a mass grave used decades ago by serial killer Dean Corll and accessible by a single road, the AP reports. Matthew is one of many to hole up on the spot (among others: famed French pirate Jean Lafitte, rumor has it), where some stay for months. "We get lots of weird folks," says a local. "It seems like a good place to seek refuge. It's kind of remote." More on the case from the Washington Post and the Daily Progress:

  • Matthew initially said he was "George Carr," but police discovered his true identity when they ran his car's plates. Authorities have searched the car, beach, and sand dunes.
  • The case has brought to light another accusation against Matthew. An official has confirmed he was accused of raping a woman at Liberty University in 2002, but she didn't proceed with the case. He was a student there at the time. "Basically, the woman was saying she hadn't consented and Matthew was saying she had," says an attorney with the Lynchburg Commonwealth Attorney's Office.
  • Searchers have scoured much of Charlottesville, Va., and are moving on to surrounding farms and woodland. They've asked area real estate agents to inspect any vacant buildings or properties they represent, and have told the public to be on the lookout for Graham's iPhone 5S with a pink case or unexplained tire tracks. Authorities are also looking to identify some of Matthew's favorite fishing spots.
  • Matthew has declined to fight his extradition, and Virginia police have been sent to retrieve him. He should arrive back in Charlottesville in a few days.