Hannah Graham: Missing Student Suspect Held

Source: Sky News (UK)

Hannah Graham: Missing Student Suspect Held

The main suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been arrested on a Texas beach.

Police believe Jesse Matthew was the last person seen with the UK -born Ms Graham , who went missing on September 13 in Charlottesville, Virginia .

Authorities obtained a felony warrant for his arrest late Tuesday. He has been charged with abduction with intent to defile.

Matthew, 32, was captured at a beach in the community of Gilchrist after police received a call reporting a suspicious person, the Galveston County Daily News reported.

Matthews reportedly had pitched a tent on the beach with his car parked nearby.

Authorities told the newspaper that a check of the car’s plates revealed it was the vehicle sought in connection to the case.

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said the suspect was in custody in Galveston, Texas , and would be extradited to Virginia .

Mr Longo said that police were still searching for Graham.

“This case is nowhere near over,” he said.

“We have a person in custody but there’s a long road ahead of us.”

The disappearance of the teenager has shaken the college town about 100 miles southwest of Washington , with hundreds of residents turning out to help look for her.

Authorities said Matthew, who has worked as a nursing assistant at the University of Virginia’s medical centre since 2012, appeared at a police station on Saturday.

But he left after a brief discussion and took off at high speed, shaking officers who tried to tail him.

 

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