Police: Arrest in missing UVa student case provides lead, forensic link to '09 disappearance

Leland Vittert reports from Washington


Police say the investigation into the case of a missing University of Virginia student has turned up a lead in the 2009 disappearance and death of another young woman.

Virginia State Police said in a written statement Monday that the arrest of 32-year-old Jesse Matthew Jr. provided a forensic link for investigators to pursue in the case of Morgan Harrington. The 20-year-old disappeared while attending a concert at U.Va. five years ago. Her remains were found in nearby Albemarle County.

Matthew is charged with abduction with intent to defile 18-year-old Hannah Graham. She's been missing since Sept. 13. He is being held in jail without bond.

State police weren't specific about the forensic link. In the statement, spokesman Corrinne Geller said police would have no further comment on the investigation.

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