The ‘person of interest’ who police want to question is nowhere to be found, which is somewhat frustrating considering he walked into the police station over the weekend. Jesse “LJ” Matthew was the last person to be seen with missing UVA student Hannah Graham and police want to know where the two parted ways, according to the New York Daily News on Sept. 23.
Police have obtained search warrants and raided his apartment twice. They were seen again on Saturday carrying various objects out of the home wrapped in bags, hidden out of the public’s view. Police revealed that Matthew is an employee of the University, which was confirmed by UVA spokesperson McGregor McCance.
As the search through the “person of interest’s” apartment was underway, about 2,000 people joined in to help search the surrounding area for any sign of Hannah. There is one particular wooded area that the “elite search teams” seemed to focus on during their Monday search, according to NBC Local.
Little is known about law enforcement’s main “person of interest” being sought today, Jesse Matthew. They do know that since 2012 Matthew has worked at the university’s medical center as a patient technician. Matthew came into the scope of law enforcement when he was spotted in a new video the police reviewed and he was seen looking Graham’s way then circling around behind her.
He is not facing charges in Hannah’s disappearance, he is just wanted for questioning. Matthew showed up at the police station on Saturday, apparently after seeing himself on the video that was released to the news media.
Captain Gary Pleasants of the Charlottesville Police Department appeared on “Fox and Friends” live Tuesday morning and said that Matthew walked into the police station with his mother and uncle requesting a lawyer.
He handed police a list of lawyers he would like contacted. Police called the first lawyer on his list who came to the station to meet with him. Matthew’s mother and uncle left and went to Matthew’s grandmother’s home. After the lawyer met with Matthew he “bolted” out of the station before police were able to question him.
He went to his grandmother’s house where state police in one vehicle and FBI officers in another vehicle openly staked out the house. Matthew hopped behind the wheel of a car with his mother as a passenger and they took off.
Police pursued him in a high-speed chase, but because it was becoming dangerous to people on the street, the police and FBI called off the chase. Due to this incident he is wanted on a few driving charges including a reckless driving charge. The motor vehicle charges sound like the least of this man’s worries once he surfaces again because he is now hiding from police.
Police have not been able to locate this man, who is seen above sporting dreadlocks. He has eluded police since his Saturday departure from the station. When police returned to search his apartment on Saturday, the landlord informed them that Matthew’s two roommates had moved out.
While Matthew has no serious crimes listed in his records, he did have a few run-ins with the law in the past for trespassing and several traffic violations. The fact that he ran from police and is still hiding is not something that looks good on his part.
Hannah went missing in the early morning hours of Sept. 13. She had been out with friends partying and she somehow got lost downtown trying to make her way back to her dorm on campus. At one point she sent a text message to her friend saying she was lost.
Witnesses put Hannah in an inebriated state and the videos seemed to also indicate she had been drinking with the way she was walking. The first man seen on an earlier video appearing to follow Hannah came into the station on his own accord. The unnamed man said that he was following her because she looked like a young woman in distress and she appeared inebriated. He was concerned until a black man with short shaved hair and a “beer belly” met up with her.
He said the two appeared to know each other so he was satisfied she was in the hands of a friend and stopped his pursuit. This was the first “person of interest,” with the second being the man with the “beer belly” described by this witness, but never located.
Footage from another video that was later obtained showed Matthew appearing to scope out Hannah and witnesses put the two together in a bar having drinks. After leaving the bar it is believed that Hannah left with Matthew in his car, which is still in police custody after being searched.
Police found something in Matthew’s car that was enough to secure a search warrant for his home, but what that was has not been divulged by police. Matthew was the last person known to see Hannah before she went missing, so he is key to this investigation, but also nowhere to be found.
About 2,000 people joined in on the search for Hannah over the weekend hunting for any trace of the 18-year-old. “Elite search teams covered remaining grounds on Monday,” reports NBC Local. Hannah’s parents have made a plea for her safe return, as seen in the above video.