Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. is escorted into a courtroom for an appearance before 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter regarding his extradition back to Virginia, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Matthew was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff’s authorities Wednesday night, Sept. 24, 2014. He is charged with abducting missing University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — They both were walking alone, separated from their friends late at night on or near the University of Virginia campus. One was found dead nearly five years ago. The other is still missing.
And now police believe they’ve found a link between the 2009 slaying of Morgan Harrington and the Sept. 13 disappearance of Hannah Graham — forensic evidence pointing to a 32-year-old man who fled the state when he learned police wanted to question him about the Graham case.
Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach near Galveston, Texas, last week and was brought back to Virginia to face a charge of abduction with intent to defile the 18-year-old Graham. State police say the arrest has produced a forensic link to the Harrington case, but they’re not providing details.