Cops Charge Man With Abduction of Missing Student

Hannah Graham of UVa still missing
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2014 6:50 PM CDT
Cops Charge Man With Abduction of Missing Student
This undated photo provided by Virginia's Charlottesville Police Department shows Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr.   (AP Photo/Charlottesville, Va. Police Department)

Police know that Jesse Matthew was with University of Virginia student Hannah Graham before she was reported missing earlier this month. But until this evening, they had been careful not to call him a suspect or to file charges more serious than reckless driving. Now, however, the 32-year-old is charged with abduction with intent to defile, reports the Daily Progress. Police did not say what led to today's charges, but they removed articles of clothing yesterday from his apartment during a second search, reports NBC 29.

"Through the investigation we determined there were other items we needed to look for and that's why a second search warrant" was executed, says a police captain. "We might not have known about those items during the first search warrant." Matthew is not in custody, and police have raised the possibility that he left the area in a borrowed car. Graham, 18, has been missing since Sept. 13. She showed up on surveillance video about 1am in the Downtown Mall—a pedestrian strip in Charlottesville—on foot and apparently lost. Later video showed her inside a bar/restaurant with Matthew. They left soon after he bought alcohol. (More Hannah Graham stories.)

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