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Hannah Graham Case: New Charges for Suspect in UVA Student Case

Warrant issued for man last seen with Hannah Graham 4:11

Police have announced new charges against a man seen in a surveillance video with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. The suspect Jesse Matthew, 32, was the last person to see Graham, 18, before she vanished early on Sept. 13.

At a press conference on Tuesday evening, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said they are charging Matthew with abduction with the intent to defile. A warrant was obtained for his arrest on those charges earlier Tuesday afternoon, Longo said.

Previously, Matthew was considered as a person of interest in the case but was wanted on reckless driving charges for speeding away from a Charlottesville police station Saturday after a brief interview by investigators.

On Monday, police executed a second search of Matthew's apartment and left with several bags of evidence. Matthew, a patient technician in the operating room at the university's medical center, was not home at the time; he has not been seen since Saturday.

Despite the new charges, Longo said that police "absolutely are continuing our search for Hannah even as we speak."

Image: A wanted poster for Matthew Jesse Leroy
A wanted poster for Matthew Jesse Leroy Charlottesville Police Department

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