Jesse Matthew, the man arrested in connection with the disappearance of Hannah Graham, is being held without bond and is awaiting a hearing on charges of abduction. However, he has not been charged with her murder. Graham’s remains were positively identified last week after being found scattered throughout a creek bed on an abandoned property in Virginia over a month after she went missing, and now Matthew’s family has issued a statement.
“On behalf of the Carr family and speaking for myself as well, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Graham family in their time of bereavement. The Carrs asked me to convey that they will continue to pray for the Grahams and the Harringtons throughout this ordeal,” reads the statement.
Graham went missing on September 13 after visiting a bar with some friends. The UVA student was later seen on surveillance footage walking, then running, and Matthew was the last person seen with her. Since her disappearance, he has been linked forensically to the body of another young student who disappeared in 2009–Morgan Harrington–and has been charged in connection with a rape case from 2005.
An investigation is ongoing into whether or not Matthew should be charged for her murder. According to Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford, “The focus of the investigation now is to determine what charges will be brought and the appropriate time to make those charges. We are working diligently with local law enforcement on the investigation to ensure that we make the best determination for our community and the Grahams in the pursuit of justice.”
Graham’s parents issued a statement after her remains were found, as well, saying, “We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Hannah. Put simply, Hannah lit up our lives, the lives of our family and the lives of her friends and others who knew her. Although we have lost our precious Hannah, the light she radiated can never be extinguished.”