While searching for missing Virginia University student Hannah Graham, police have found a body that they say could be hers. The body was discovered just eight miles from the location where Graham went missing and officials are waiting on forensic test results that will determine if the body does belong to the missing woman.
The police have notified Graham’s parents and said that although they are not sure if the remains are that of Graham, they want to keep her parents notified of any new information or possible leads in the case.
“These are human remains and forensic tests need to be conducted to determine the identification…,”Detective Longo told reporters. “But nonetheless we wanted to be quick and timely to share that information with the Graham family.”
Graham has been missing for 35 days and was last seen at a bar in Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall area. 32-year-old Jesse Matthew was seen following Graham shortly before she disappeared and has been arrested as the only suspect in the case.
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He has been charged with abduction with the intent to defile.
Police believe he may be responsible for the disappearance of another young girl, Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student who was last seen hitchhiking along U.S. 29 outside of Charlottesville in October 2009.
Harrington’s body was found on a farm three months after she went missing.
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While Graham’s family and friends were hoping to find her safe, the police said that they are now treating the case as a death investigation.
“Today’s discovery is a significant development, and we have a great deal of work ahead of us,” said Albemarle County Police Chief Steve Sellers, noting Graham’s case is now considered a “death investigation.” “We cannot and we will not jump to any conclusions.”