Do police have a serial killer on their hands? Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, is being held in the abduction of Hannah Graham, but his DNA has linked to a cold homicide case from 2009. Police confirm this link this morning. The same DNA is linked to an abduction and rape of a woman, who luckily got away from the perpetrator. A CNN News article asks today “Does Virginia have a serial killer?”
“Fox and Friends” live on Tuesday morning report on a number of missing young girls along the Route 29 corridor who have never been found. With police now confirming that there is a “forensic link” between Hannah Graham’s case and the homicide case of Morgan Harrington from 2009, they will be looking into the other cases.
Matthew is in police custody for the abduction of Hannah, which is a case eerily similar to the abduction of Morgan Harrington in 2009, according to CBS 6 Local News on Sept. 30.
Hannah has been missing for more than two weeks and she was last seen on video and by eye witnesses with Matthew on the night she went missing. Both Hannah and Morgan were two women walking alone and separated from their friends when they went missing. Hannah and Morgan both attended college at the time of their abductions. They were last seen in the same area, which is riddled with college students.
Morgan was found dead in a field on a farm about three months after she was last seen that night. Her case was never solved. They have DNA believed to be from the perpetrator, which also matches DNA from an abduction and rape nearby, but up until now they had no suspect to compare it to. While police weren’t forthcoming with what they discovered with Morgan’s homicide case, her parents came out in 2010 to say that their daughter had been kidnapped, raped and murdered.
These crimes date back to 2005, when a 26-year-old woman in Fairfax City was abducted and raped and got away. In 2009 Morgan went missing and was found raped and murdered three months later. DNA from both these cases matched, but a match for the DNA was not found until Matthew was arrested.
The latest development with the arrest of Matthew might help solve the 2009 case of Morgan Harrington and the rape and abduction case back in 2005. It may also help in the unsolved cases of the missing women.
According to WUSA 9 News, Hannah is the fifth girl to go missing along the Route 29 corridor in the last five years. This route is the main highway through Charlottesville.
Local law enforcement and the FBI are looking into the possibility that Matthew may have something to do with the other disappearances. Morgan Harrington, who is one of the five to go missing, was the only body recovered.
The other women never found are:
Nineteen-year-old Samantha Ann Clarke vanished from Orange County leaving her town house in September 2010. Then there was 19-year-old DaShad Laquinn Smith, who disappeared in November from Charlottesville in 2012. Alexis Murphy, 17, was last seen near Lynchburg, Va. in August of 2013 and whose car was found in Charlottesville. Then of course there is Hannah, who has been missing for more than two weeks and is still missing even though police believe they have her abductor in custody.
Randolph Taylor was convicted in Alexis Murphy’s disappearance and murder, but her body was never found. Attorney Anthony Martin from the Commonwealth of Nelson County said that there was no evidence to suggest that Matthew was involved in Murphy’s disappearance.
In the video above Jesse Matthew’s father speaks out about his son and his arrest for the abduction of Hannah Graham.