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Virginia Sheriffs' Offices Searching Cold Cases for Link to Missing UVA Student

October 01, 2014  | 

Students gather at the University of Virginia for a candlelight vigil for missing student Hannah Graham. Photo: UVa Facebook page
Students gather at the University of Virginia for a candlelight vigil for missing student Hannah Graham. Photo: UVa Facebook page

At least two additional sheriffs' offices in Virginia are reviewing old murder cases to see if they are connected to the suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, ABC News is reporting.

Virginia State Police have already confirmed that they found "a new forensic link" between the 2009 murder of Morgan Harrington and Jesse Matthew, 32, who has been arrested and charged with abduction with intent to defile in the case of Graham's disappearance last month.

Investigators in the Campbell County Sheriff's Office and the Montgomery County Sheriff's office are checking if two open murder cases have any connection to Matthew.

Cassandra Morton, 23, was reported missing in Lynchburg on the same night that Harrington, 20, vanished in Charlottesville in October 2009. The two young women were approximately 60 miles apart. Morton's remains were found on Candlers Mountain in November of that year, while Harrington's remains were not found until January.


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TheRookie @ 10/2/2014 5:30 PM

We all know the assuming phrase, but this is not coincidental. If indeed this scabs DNA has been 100% linked to other homicides & rapes then they have a serial killer on their hands. If that is the case I hope he is tried, convicted, & given the needle. And hopefully it's as quick as the D.C. sniper was.

bo2234 @ 10/3/2014 3:33 AM

They'll take the death penalty off the table in order to get him to give up the location of the missing bodies

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