Written by Andrea Martin. Media by Jack Wang.
Human remains have been located and identified as that of the missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Graham went missing on Sep. 13 after being spotted on surveillance video at a mall center near Charlottesville’s Downtall Mall area. Graham’s parents, John and Sue, acknowledged the confirmation, which was released by Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office and the Albemarle County Police Department.
“When we started this journey together we all hoped for a happier ending,” the parents said in a statement. “Sadly that was not to be, but due to the tenacity and determination of (Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy) Longo, Hannah is coming home to us and we will be eternally grateful to him for this. “We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter,” they finished.
The only suspect arrested in connection with the 18-year-old’s death is Jesse Matthew, 32, who was seen leaving the Tempo Bar after Graham around 2 a.m. He’s also a main suspect in the disappearance of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. Harrington was found dead at a nearby farm after hitchhiking outside of Charlottesville. Harrington’s death occurred in January of 2009. No arrests have been made in her case.
Matthew’s next court appearance regarding Graham’s disappearance and death will take place on December 4.
For more information, here is a previous article on papyrus about Hannah Graham Disappearance.