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Police search area where remains thought to be those of #HannahGraham were found

The initial interview with SGT Dale Terry who found the remains contained the following:

“It was behind a vacant home, in a dried-up creek bed, Terry said he found a skull and bones, along with a pair of tight, dark-colored pants.”

Description has since been scrubbed:

 

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From the Washington Post:

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Police on Sunday combed a narrow two-lane back road near an abandoned property in Albemarle County south of here, where searchers on Saturday found human remains thought to be those of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

Graham, an 18-year-old from Fairfax County, vanished in the early hours of Sept. 13. Jesse L. Matthew Jr., a 32-year-old Charlottesville man with whom Graham was last seen, was arrested and charged in her disappearance, but the young woman’s whereabouts were unknown.

branchThe remote location where the body was found was within three or four miles of the hayfield where the body of another missing college student was found in 2010. Both Graham and the second woman, Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, disappeared late at night in Charlottesville.
Police on Sunday blocked off a three-mile section of Old Lynchburg Road near where the body was found as investigators scoured the area. For much of its length the road is unmarked and without shoulders, surrounded by woods that are turning amber, gold and crimson, and with houses set back from the pavement, several with white country fences. A tiny brick church sits at one end of the barricaded stretch, across the road from a cemetery with several dozen weathered tombstones.

The northernmost police barricade on Old Lynchburg on Sunday was at its intersection with Red Hill Road. From that point, Red Hill winds a little more than three miles to the northwest before it borders the 742-acre Anchorage Farm. It was there that Harrington’s skeletal remains were found.
The grim discovery Saturday of human remains on a stretch of road in rual Virginia has put Charlottesville residents on edge. Officials have not determined the identity of the remains. 
Virginia State Police investigators said last month that the arrest of Matthew was a “significant break” in the Harrington case and provided an unspecified “new forensic link” in the quest for her killer.

The remains found Saturday were discovered by a sheriff’s deputy searching an abandoned property, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. said. A conclusive identification has not been made and the remains were sent to the Virginia medical examiner’s office for forensic testing.

Longo said Graham’s family members had been notified. They have not commented on the discovery of the remains. Authorities also called off a search for Graham planned for Sunday, saying they would focus on identifying the body.

Graham’s disappearance has shaken Virginia’s flagship public university, where students have held candlelight vigils and worn orange ribbons in the hope of Graham’s return.

Student council president Jalen Ross helped organize a vigil on the U-Va. campus that attracted hundreds of students. Ross and others at the event, which occurred five days after Graham was last seen, spoke about the missing sophomore in the present tense. Now Ross said that the student council was planning a memorial for Graham to provide a central place on campus for students to honor her.​

“Nobody wanted to hear there’s been a body found,” Ross, 21, said Sunday.

But it was the news many students were expecting, Ross said. In the five weeks since Graham disappeared, a dark mood has again descended over the school.

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“It revives the whole pool of sadness everyone went through originally,” Ross said.

Many students have donned orange ribbons to keep Graham in mind. Every day since Graham vanished, Ross has worn one pinned to his shirt.

“I told myself  I’d wear it until they found her,” Ross said.

Ross said many students recalled that it took investigators 101 days to find Harrington.

“A lot of us were worried that it would take a long time or infinite time to get closure” in Graham’s case, Ross said.

On Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Heather Warren crafted the words for her evening sermon at St. Paul’s Memorial Church, across from the Charlottesville campus.

“It’s just profoundly sad,” Warren said. “There was always this hope that she might be found alive. That’s not there now.”

In the weeks after Graham vanished, the church kept its doors open for students distressed by the sophomore’s disappearance. Warren said the church has helped students find solace in prayer and passages of Scripture. In recent days, Warren said, she has been drawn to Psalm 139, which explores the constant presence of God even in the worst of times.

“Whither can I go from your presence?” Warren said Sunday, quoting the psalm’s first verses. “You might not know what that presence feels like. But that does not mean you are abandoned.” She began Sunday evening’s service with a moment of silence for Graham.

Friends and teachers have described Graham, a 2013 graduate of West Potomac High School in the Alexandria area of Fairfax, as a good student with a sense of humor.

At U-Va., Graham participated in an alternative spring break as a freshman, volunteering to spend long hours rebuilding homes destroyed by tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She was known as a central figure in the college’s ski club.

The investigation into Graham’s disappearance has produced leads in other unsolved cases.

Matthew, who had worked as an orderly at the U-Va. hospital, has been linked by DNA evidence to the investigations of two violent crimes: a sexual assault in Fairfax City in 2005 and the abduction and slaying of Harrington, police have said.

He has not been charged in either case.

In addition, two Virginia universities that Matthew attended between 2002 and 2003 said he was implicated in sexual assault cases. Both women declined to press charges against Matthew, and he was not convicted of any crime connected to the allegations.

Graham spent the evening of Sept. 12, a Friday, drinking and socializing with friends near campus before going out about midnight. By 1 a.m., she was seen wandering the Downtown Mall, about a mile and a half from her apartment. She sent messages to friends indicating that she was lost.

Shortly after 1 a.m., witnesses saw Graham with Matthew near the Tempo restaurant.

Brice Cunningham, the owner of Tempo, told The Washington Post that his employees later saw Graham and Matthew leaving the area together. She had not been seen since.

Police quickly focused on Matthew, searching his car and his Charlottesville apartment and eventually seeking a warrant for his arrest. Matthew was arrested Sept. 24 on a beach near Galveston, Tex., more than 1,300 miles from his apartment.

Matthew was charged with abduction with intent to defile, indicating that police think he planned to sexually assault Graham.

He is being held without bond in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

James L. Camblos III, the lawyer representing Matthew, said he would await further information.

“The police have located human remains, and we will wait to see what the medical examiner says to see who it is,” Camblos said.

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Human remains believed to be those of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham have been found on an abandoned property outside Charlottesville, authorities announced Saturday evening.

Graham, 18, of the Alexandria-area of Fairfax County, vanished in the early hours of Saturday Sept. 13. She was last seen by witnesses on the Downtown Mall with a man identified by police as Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. said authorities must still make a conclusive identification of the remains. But he said police have notified the teen’s family. Authorities also said Graham’s case has become a death investigation.

If the body is that of the sophomore, it marks a grim end to a five-week search for the teen, who apparently became lost after a night out drinking and socializing with friends.

The remains were found by a sheriff’s deputy in Albemarle County.

“I want to thank everyone who gave up their days, their nights, their weekends,” Longo said of the search for Graham. “People who called, wrote and dropped food and good wishes and words of encouragement to the search groups and the detectives who work so hard through this investigation.”

“Today would have not been possible without their prayers, their encouragement and their help,” the chief said.

Longo said a police official reached out to Hannah Graham’s parents, John and Susan Graham, with “a very difficult phone call to share this preliminary discovery.”

Police said they have been searching the property for any clues, and said they would not release further details at this stage of the investigation.

“Today’s discovery is a significant development. And we have a great deal of work ahead of us. We cannot and we will not jump to any conclusions in regards to today’s discovery,” said Col. Steve Sellers, of the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office.

“This sadly is now a death investigation,” Sellers said.

Police have said they linked Matthew’s DNA to the investigations of a violent sexual assault in Fairfax City in 2005 and the abduction and murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, in October 2009.

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Matthew has also been identified as a football player who was accused of sexual assault at Liberty University in 2002 and transferred to Christopher Newport University, where he was accused of another sexual assault in 2003 before dropping out. The university investigations did not lead to criminal charges.

James L. Camblos III, the lawyer representing Matthew said he would await further information. “The police have located human remains and we will wait to see what the medical examiner says to see who it is,” Camblos said.

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#JesseMatthew timeline via Websleuths

The "tracks in the field" theory

The “tracks in the field” theory

Websleuths has posted an incredible timeline for Jesse Matthew. Note: Items in blue are not necessarily tied to Mathew but occurred during the time frame  as possible victims:

1981
12/14/1981 – Jesse Mathew born

1999
Charlottesville Athlete of the Year – earned him scholarship to Liberty University http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crim…icle-1.1952383

2000
Graduated from Moticello High School http://www.newsadvance.com/news/stat…=image&photo=0
Begins attending Liberty University, Plays Football
~~05/02/00 Namus #789 -African American Female Found – EPI unknown – age 30-50 Sussex County, VAhttps://identifyus.org/en/cases/789
~~11/11/00 Hope Curry missing – Virginia Beach, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/c/curry_hope.html

2001
~~6/03/01 Annie Horne missing – Richmond, VA www.charleyproject.org/cases/h/horne_annie.html[/COLOR]
**9/1/01 Liberty Flames @ Boone, NC (L)
**9/8/01 Liberty Flames @ Richmond, KY (L)
**9/22/01 Liberty Flames @ home (W)
~~09/27/01 Namus #6470 – African American Female Found – EPI unknown – age 15-20 Fairfax County, VAhttps://identifyus.org/en/cases/6470
**9/29/01 Liberty Flames @ Home (W)
**10/13/01 Liberty Flames @ @ Orlando, FL (L)
**10/20/01 Liberty Flames @ Boiling Springs, NC (L)
**10/27/01 Liberty Flames @ Tampa, FL (L)
~~11/01/01 Janice Johnson – Henrico, VA – 42 – missing http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…on_janice.html
**11/3/01 Liberty Flames @ Cullowhee, NC (L)
**11/10/01 Liberty Flames @ Charleston, SC (W)
**11/17/01 Liberty Flames @ Home (L)
**11/23/01 Liberty Flames @ Home (L)

2002
~~01/21/02 Namus #788 – African American Female Found – EPI unknown – age 25-35 Petersburg City, VAhttps://identifyus.org/en/cases/788
~~05/31/02 Marlene Robinson – Hampton, VA – 57 – missing http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3389dfva.html
~~8/29/02 La-Teasha LaMone Brooks missing – Farmville, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…la-teasha.html
**8/31/02 Liberty Flames @Home (L)
**9/7/02 Liberty Flames @ Home (W)
**9/21/02 Liberty Flames @ Home (L)
~~9/22/02 Sharon Jones missing – Norfolk, VA www.charleyproject.org/cases/j/jones_sharon.html
**9/28/02 Liberty Flames @ Orlando, FL (L)
**10/5/02 Liberty Flames @ Home (L)
**10/12/02 Liberty Flames @ Akron, OH (L)
10/17/02 alleged sexual assault at Liberty University http://www.whsv.com/home/headlines/M…277088541.html
**10/19/02 Liberty Flames @ Home (W)
**10/26/02 Liberty Flames @ Lexington, VA (L)
**11/02/02 Liberty Flames @ Home (L)
**11/09/02 Liberty Flames @ Elon, NC (L)
**11/23/02 Liberty Flames @Hempstead, NY (L)

2003
01/2003 – begins attending Newport University, Newport News, VA
~~02/01/03 Julie Marie Fraser missing – Norfolk, VA www.missingin.org/reg818/julie_marie_fraser.htm
~~7/24/03 Autumn Wind Day missing – Newport News, VA www.missingin.org/reg791/autumn_wind_day.htm

8/14/03 – 9/12/03 Member of Newport Football Team
**09/06/03 CNU Game – played
~~9/07/03 Sophia May Rivera missing – Newport News, VA http://www.blackcelebritygiving.com/…-newport-news/
**9/13/03 CNU Game- played
**9/27/03 CNU Game – no play
**10/4/03 CNU Game no play
**10/11/03 CNU Game no play
10/15/03 – Leaves Newport University
~~10/18/03 Rachel Good – Elkton, VA – 20 – missing http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/g/good_rachel.html
10/29/03 – Traffic Charges – No State Inspection (charges dropped), failure to wear seatbelt (guilty) in Newport News

2004
6/17/04 – Traffic Charge: Fail to obey traffic signal
8/5/04 – Hearing –guilty in absentia 6/17/04 – Fail to obey traffic signal
~~09/10/04 Namus # 960 – African American Female Found – EPI 3 years – age 40-60 – Norfolk City, VAhttps://identifyus.org/en/cases/960

2005
~~1/24/05 Crystal Soles – Andrews, SC http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…_crystal.htmll
~~1/28/05 Vestora Leatrise Spriggs – Norfolk, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…s_vestora.html
3/04/05 – Traffic Charge: Speeding
4/22/05 – Hearing: waived/paid – Buckingham General District Court (Charlottesville address) 3/04/05 – Traffic Charge: Speeding
~~9/24/2005 Fairfax, VA Sexual Assault http://www.readthehook.com/67132/mor…ope-fresh-fear
~~10/21/05 Kathleen Hulderman missing – Chesapeake City, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…_kathleen.html

2006
2/1/06 – Traffic Charge: failure to obey stop sign
2/21/06 – Hearing: guilty 2/1/06 – failure to obey stop sign
6/21/06 – Traffic Charge: speeding
7/24/06 – Traffic Charge: speeding
7/25/06 – Hearing – cont 6/21/06 – speeding
8/9/06 – Hearing – guilty 7/24/06 – speeding
8/22/06 – Hearing –not guilty 6/21/06 – speeding
~~8/26/06 Qauisra Khan missing – Alexandria, VA www.charleyproject.org/cases/k/khan_qasira.html

2007
Receives taxi permit
1/24/07 – Traffic charge – speeding – Charlottesville 22903
3/21/07 – Hearing- RE: Speeding Charge in Greene County 1/24/07 – guilty
~~05/14/07 Namus # 6665 – African American Female Found – EPI weeks – age 20-30 – Petersburg City, VAhttps://identifyus.org/en/cases/6665
~~7/22/07 Ivonne Biviano missing – LaCrosse, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…no_ivonne.html
~~07/28/07 Namus # 9512 – White Female Found – EPI: 3 years – age 18-99 – Richmond City, VAhttps://identifyus.org/en/cases/9512

Fall 2007 – Matthew enrolled as part time student at Piedmont Virginia Community College
~~9/21/07 Sereda McGlothin missing – Carrol County, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…in_sereda.html
~11/16/07 Namus # 6666 – African American Female Found – EPI: Years – age 20-35 – Dinwiddle County, VAhttps://identifyus.org/en/cases/6666

11/20/07 – Traffic charge – speeding – Charlottesville 22903

2008
Holds taxi permit
2/4/08 Hearing – RE: 11/20/07 speeding charge – guilty
~~4/21/08 Gracie MacCord – Spotsylvania County, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…rd_gracie.html
Spring & Fall 2008 – – Matthew enrolled as part time student at Piedmont Virginia Community College
~~ 06/27/08 Anne Turner – Newport News, VA – 38 – missing http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/t/turner_anne.html
8/19/08 UVA Health Services Warranty in Debt (civil)

2009
Holds taxi permit
~~3/14/09 Latonia Smith – Portsmouth, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…h_latonia.html
6/4/09 – Assault & Grand Larceny Charge Incident
6/23/09 – Warrant in Debt – Martha Jefferson Hospital
~~07/07/09 Hattie Brown – Halifax County, VA – 48 – missing http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/brown_hattie.html
7/9/09 – Hearing: RE: 6/4 Assault & Grand Larceny Charges – Continued
8/20/09 Hearing: RE: 6/4 Assault & Grand Larceny Charges – Continued
~~8/27/09 Heidi Childs & David Metzler Virginia Tech students found murdered – Jefferson National Forest
9/17/09 Hearing: RE: 6/4 Assault & Grand Larceny Charges – Continued
~~10/10/09 Cassandra Morton missing – Lynchburg, VA http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho…rg-10-Nov-2009
10/02/09 Traffic Charge –speeding
~~10/17/09 Morgan Harrington goes missing (Forensic link to JLM) http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho…-2009-1/page12

10/22/09 Hearing: RE: 6/4 Assault & Grand Larceny Charges – Continued
~~11/11/09 Morgan Harrington – shirt found @ corner of 15th St & Grady Ave outside apt building
~~11/18/09 Tatawanda Hill – Norfolk, VA www.charleyproject.org/cases/h/hill_tawanda.html
11/24/09 – Hearing – cont 10/02/09 speeding
~~11/29/09 Norma Avillan – Herndon, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…lan_norma.html
~~11/29/09 Cassandra Morton – body found on Liberty University property

12/22/09 – Hearing –cont 10/02/09 speeding

2010
Holds taxi permit
dba Jesse L MatthewJr – Ponderosa Trail business shows founded
~~1/24/10 Joan Cook – Salem, VA www.charleyproject.org/cases/c/cook_joan.html
~~1/26/10 Morgan Harrington body found at Anchorage Farm in Southern Albemarle County

1/26/10 Hearing: RE: 10/2/09 Traffic charges – dismissed
3/17/10 Trespassing after Forbidden – Keswick, VA 22947
3/24/10 Traffic Charges – Speeding – Keswick, VA 22947
~~ 4/5/10 – Morgan Harrington- info RE: Shirt found released to public
4/22/10 Hearing: RE: 6/4/09 Assault & Grand Larceny Charges & 3/7/10 Trespassing Charges – nolle prosequi on assault and grand larceny; guilty on trespass after forbidden
~~4/30/10 Arianna Davis – Henrico, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…s_arianna.html
5/6/10 – cont 3/24/10 – speeding
5/23/10 Traffic Charges – Speeding – Charlottesville 22903
6/3/10 Hearing: RE: 3/24/10 Speeding Charges – guilty in absentia
07/10 Authorities announce forensic evidence connects Harrington case & 2005 Fairfax rape case
7/6/10 Hearing: RE: 5/23/10 Speeding Charges – guilty
~~9/3/10 Samantha Ann Clarke – Orange, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…_samantha.html
~~10/1/10 UVA Robbery 1AM “blk male 5’6-5’8, 120-140 lbs” – NOTE: all dates marked “UVA” are taken from this source:http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/safety.html
~~10/25/10 UVA Robbery 10:30 pm “blk male 6’1-6’2 early 20’s”

11/2/10 Traffic Charges – Failure to obey RR signal – Charlottesville 22947
12/9/10 – Hearing – cont 11/2/10- fail to obey RR crossing signal
~~12/12/10 UVA Sex Assault 1am – “blk male, 5’10”
12/26/10 – Traffic Charges – Driving on suspended license & speeding in Madison County, VA– Charlottesville 22947

2011
1/13/11 – Hearing- RE: Traffic Charges 11/2/10 guilty in absentia
~~1/29/11 – Bethany Decker- Loudon County, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…r_bethany.html
3/18/11 – Hearing –cont 12/26/10 – driving on susp license; speeding – Madison General District Court
5/26/11 – Hearing-RE: Driving on Suspended License & Speeding– Madison County – guilty sent 10 days, susp 10 days
8/10/11 – Traffic Charges: Def. exhaust, no inspection, driving while suspended – 2nd offense – Charlottesville 22947
8/19/11 – Hearing –cont 8/10/11 – Def Exhaust, no inspection
8/27/11 Traffic Charge: Driving suspended 2nd offense & evading traffic control – Charlottesville 22947
Fall 2011- Matthew enrolled as part time student at Piedmont Virginia Community College
9/2/11 – Hearing –cont 8/27/11 – evasion of traffic control drive susp – amended to drive susp 2nd offense
9/6/11 – Hearing – cont 8/10/11 – Def Exhaust, no inspection Driving Susp 2nd offense
9/13/11 – Hearing – cont 8/27/11 – evasion of traffic control – drive susp – amended to drive susp 2nd offense
~~10/15/11 UVA sex assault 4:30 am – “blk male 5’10”
10/17/11 Failure to Appear – Charlottesville 22947
~~ 10/22/11 UVA sex assault 3:40 am
11/7/11 – Hearing- RE: Traffic Charges 8/10/11 nolle prosequi
~~11/21/11 Lauren Smith – Leon, VA http://projectjason.org/forums/topic…h-va-11212011/
12/16/11 Hearing-RE: Traffic Charges 8/27/11 & Failure to Appear on 10/17/11- guilty 30 days sentence, 26 days suspended, 30 days suspended license – driving suspended 2nd offense; not guilty – evasion of traffic control; dismissed failure to appear
~~12/22/11 Joseline Arriaza – Alexandria, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…_joseline.html

2012
Listed on Virginia Silverbacks Roster as #55
1/12/12 Warrant In Debt – University of Virginia
~~4/9/12 Heather Hodges- Rocky Mount, VA http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/…s_heather.html
**5/5/12 Silverbacks Preseason Game @ CHS
**5/12/12 Silverbacks Preseason Game @ AHS
**5/26/12 Silverbacks Preseason Game @ CHS
**6/23/12 Silverbacks Preseason Game @ CHS
**7/14/12 Silverbacks Regular Season Game @ Fairfax, VA
**7/28/12 Silverbacks Regular Season Game @ Richmond, VA
**8/4/12 Silverbacks Regular Season Game @ Home
**8/11/12 Silverbacks Regular Season Game @ Richmond, VA
~~8/12/12 – Namus # 10692 – ? Female – Found unknown EPI – age 9-99 – Petersburg City, VAhttps://identifyus.org/en/cases/10692
8/12/12 Hired at U of VA Medical Center
**8/18/12 Silverbacks Regular Season Game @ St. Augustine, NJ
**8/25/12 Silverbacks Regular Season Game @ Home (We know LJ plays)
~~9/1/12 Kathleen Haley – Newport News, VA http://projectjason.org/forums/topic…y-va-09012012/
**9/8/12 Silverbacks Regular Season Game @ Home
**9/15/12 Silverbacks Regular Season Game @ Baltimore, MD
9/20/12 Garnishment – Martha Jefferson House – Charlottesville 22903
**9/22/12 Silverbacks Regular Season Game @ Home
9/22/12 Traffic Charges: Possession of stolen inspection sticker – Charlottesville 22902
9/22/12 Traffic Charges: Driving under revocked/suspended license, illegal inspection sticker, failure to submit inspection, failure to obtain registration/altered registration – Keswick 22947
~~9/23/12 UVA Sex. Assault 1:45 am “blk male”
9/28/12 – Hearing cont 9/22/12 – drive revoked amended to drive under revo/suspension – stolen inspection sticker; failure to submit inspection; altered registration
**9/29/12 Silverbacks Regular Season Game @ Home
10/18/12 Warranty in Debt University of Virginia
**10/20/12 Silverbacks Play off game against Arbutus, MD team – Lost (unsure home or away)
10/23/12- Hearing cont 9/22/12 – stolen inspection sticker; failure to submit inspection; altered registration drive revoked amended to drive under revo/suspension
~~08/14/12 Leyla McCullagh – Leesburg, VA – 36 – missing http://projectjason.org/forums/topic…h-va-08132012/
11/04/12 –Hearing RE: guilty – sentence 90 days, suspended 90 days; license susp 30 days9/22/12 – drive revoked amended to drive under revo/suspension
~~11/20/12 DaShad Laquinn Smith missing – Main St/Charlottesville www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/smith_dashad.html
11/27/12 – cont 9/22/12 – drive revoked amended to drive under revo/suspension stolen inspection sticker; failure to submit inspection; altered registration
~~12/1/12 DaShad Laquinn Smith – search dogs “hit” on pond behind UVA Medical Center
12/4/12 – Hearing- RE: Traffic Charges 9/22/12 – guilty

2013
~~2/24/13 UVA Indecent exposure “blk male”
3/1/13 Traffic Charge: Operating uninspected vehicle – Keswick 22947
4/1/13 Hearing- RE: Traffic Charges 3/1/13 guilty in absentia
~~5/3/13 UVA 2:30 AM “2 males”
~~5/17/13 UVA Sex. Assault 1am – “blk male 6′ heavy build”

5/26/13 Warrant in Debt – University of Virginia
~~5/30/13 UVA Stolen Purse 3 AM “blk male 5’9”
~~ 6/5/13Wendoline Garcia – Manassas, VA – 16 – missing http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1218030/1
~~6/14/13 UVA Possible Abduction Attempt “possible blk male”
~~6/28/13 UVA Sexual Assault “blk male 5’8-5’10 140-150 lbs”

6/28/13 Garnishment – University of Virginia Medical Center
~~9/6/13 Shanea Lockwood – Fairfax, VA – 16 – missing http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1225035/1
~~11/16/13 UVA Theft 2:45 & 3:12 AM
~~11/29/13 Jamisha Gilbert missing after car accident- Lynchburg http://www.newsadvance.com/news/loca…7a43b2370.html
~~12/7/13 Margennae Dixon – Fairfax, VA – 16 http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1226608/1
~~12/8/13 Jamisha Gilbert body found in briar patch in cemetery – unclothed

12/27/13 Traffic Charge: Failure to to obey traffic signal – Charlottesville 22902

2014
~~1/1/14 UVA Sexual Assault 8:51 pm “light skinned blk male w/mustache”
1/9/14 – Garnishment – University of Virginia Medical Center
2/6/14 – not guilty 12/27/13- speeding
~~5/19/14 UVA Sexual Assault
~~05/30/14 Ogechi Uwasomba – Chesterfield, VA – 28 – missing http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho…ld-30-May-2014
~~06/06/14 Namus # 12683 – White Female Found Estimated Postmortem Interval 1 month – age 25-45 – Newport News, VAhttps://identifyus.org/en/cases/12683
~~06/06/14 Zulma Pabon-Midlothian, VA – 26 – missing http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho…ld-6-June-2014

6/27/14 Traffic Charge: No rearview mirror – Charlottesville 22901
8/01/14 – Hearing- RE: 6/27/14 – no rear view mirror– waived “complied with law”
8/14 Begins as part time volunteer coach at Covenant Christian School
8/1/14 Hearing – RE: Traffic Charge 12/27/13 waived “complied with law”
~~9/13/14 UVA Sexual Assault
~~9/13/14 Hannah Graham Missing – Charlottesville, VA
~~9/14/14 UVA Sexual Assault – early morning
~~9/15/14 Sexual Assault – early morning

9/18/14 Hearing-RE: Failure to display license plate/driving suspended
9/19/14 Police receive warrant to search car and condo of LJ Matthew
9/20/14 LJ Mathew visits Police Dept/asks about lawyer – later police lose trail after Matthew drives recklessly
9/21/14 Warrant issued for Matthew for 2 counts of reckless driving
9/22/14 Uses Cell Phone @ Tiger Truck Stop – Baton Rouge Louisiana
9/23/14 Matthew charged with abduction with intent to defile in Graham case
9/24/14 Matthew found in Galveston, TX
9/27/14 Matthew flown back to Charlottesville, VA
9/29/14 Source: Confirms forensics tie Matthew to Harrington case
10/2/14 – continued9/20/14 – Reckless Driving (2 counts); abduction with intent to defile

Note: Items in blue are not necessarily tied to Mathew but occurred during the time frame we are discussing as possible victims.

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Recovery site: Morgan Harrington

Thanks to Wall0214 for providing links to this  site that has some amazing aerial images of the farm and the difficulty getting to the location of where Morgan Harrington’s remains were found.

The "tracks in the field" theory

The “tracks in the field” theory

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#HannahGraham case: Hurry up and wait

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I can’t imagine the frustrations of law enforcement in dealing with a case like the disappearance of Hannah Graham / murder of Morgan Harrington / suspect in custody, Jesse Matthew: such a complex and emotionally charged problem.

In an interview with the Associated Press Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo stressed the need, ” as frustrating as it is… to be very careful to get it right, not to rush to judgment.”

What I can imagine is the frustration and confusion caused all too often when law enforcement sends mixed messages to the public. Last week we were told of the utmost urgency to leave no stone unturned. This week’s message from Chief Long is, “he wont rush Hannah Graham investigation”.

To be sure, this is a fast-moving process, and priorities are going to change. But police should be sympathetic to the public’s predicament:

– We are told to check everything immediately, but then asked not to rush.

– We are told that no tip is insignificant, then instructed not to bother the police with information that is not evidentiary. 

It would be helpful if law enforcement could give the public some idea of the kinds of things they are looking for (what exactly might be evidence), but then of course they can’t because that could potentially compromise the investigation. The result is the police have to sift through a lot of irrelevant information, and both sides are left tired and frustrated.

While we wait, a couple of things I’ve observed don’t add up:

Assumptions:

1. Place and time (video surveillance) link Graham to Matthew.

2. DNA links Matthew to Harrington.

3. The discovered black  Pantera t-shirt links to Harrinton (DNA), so then possibly to Matthew.

The black Pantera t-shirt found on a bush outside an apartment building at the corner of 15th Street and Grady Avenue, reportedly was the one Harrington was  wearing when she disappeared after attending an October 17 Metallica concert at John Paul Jones Arena.

The shirt was found 3-weeks after Harrington’s disappearance, spread out on a bush, logo up,  as if it had been placed there to be discovered.  Witnesses state they are certain it was never there in the weeks prior to discovery. And the location is in the heart of Charlottesville / the investigation plot points.

Something isn’t right here. This does not sound like what we’ve been told of Jesse Matthew. The placement of the t-shirt is a deliberate, calculated and bold gesture. Matthew, from all accounts, is reactive and impulsive.  Either:

1. The t-shirt has no link to the Harrington disappearance, and therefore Matthew.

2. Matthew changed his m.o..

3. The police are giving the public bad information.

4. There are errors with some of the facts we have been told.

All comments and opinions are welcome.

 

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Where is #HannahGraham? #JesseMatthew #MorganHarrington

I have been asked this question by a number of posters. So here is my answer, with the following caveats:

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1.  I don’t pretend to know where Hannah Graham is. This is just my opinion. And judging on what I’ve seen so far? The police / FBI know what they are doing.

2. I am about to break the cardinal rule: Don’t chase suspects. Having said that, this is more about chasing – what we have been told is – evidence, not suspects. So I will avoid what I observe a lot of sleuthies are doing: trying to pin every missing persons case / unsolved murder on Jesse Matthew.

3. To the parents of Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington: I know what you are going through because I have been through it. My sister’s murder is an unsolved cold case. My family lived with her being missing for 6 months. Your approach in this matter is absolutely right. Bond with each other, trust no one. The families possibly connected in my sister’s case are very close (Prior, Monast, Dube). We trust no one. Even the brother of Louise Camirand, who prefers to keep relatively anonymous: we talk when necessary. And we warn each other of the nut-jobs. (For more on those cases, click here.)  

With those caveats, a few more:

1. I am a relatively sane person with a normal life. I have a 9 to 5 job. I have 3 daughters. My life is rich and fulfilled. I do not need attention. 

2. I am not a professional investigator. My experience comes from living with a 35 year old cold case, and 15 years of semi-professionally studying the patterns of murder. Kim Rossmo – who invented geographic profiling – is a friend; we worked together on profiling the serial murders in Quebec, and he is always available to me as a confidante / consultant.    Rossmo spent time at the Police Foundation in Washington, DC, and has consulted with the FBI at Quantico, VA: I would be surprised if they haven’t yet consulted on these cases.  

3. 15 years has gained me access to a lot of material; I have a library of  over 1,000 photos of Quebec crime scene photos, I have pretty much exclusive access to Quebec cold-case files (no, you can’t know my source). I have frequently been asked for advice on cold cases (for better or worse).  I sometimes “think” better than law enforcement on these matters… that is no-knock to law enforcement. As I said, I’ve got 35 years of experience.

4. And, one more time: I’m a dad. I couldn’t post about this until now because I was making dinner. But I think of these things because last night my eldest daughter was out at a concert until 12:30 AM: it’s hard not to think of these things.

So with that long introduction, here’s what I think about #HannahGraham / #MorganHarrington / #JesseMatthew:

1. I think police are targeting the right areas. I think Hannah Graham is West or South of Charlottesville.  I believe this based on where Morgan Harrington was last seen and where she was found (that trajectory), where Matthew was born and recently lived, and because the North and East are more urbanized. Matthews has experience with the West (Harrington), and the the West and South are more rural. Also, for what ever reason, I have observed over time that predators tend to hunt near their living environment, and dump South. That’s not statistically significant, just something I’ve noticed in my experience.

2. Someone asked me – if we presume Matthew is responsible for the murder of Harrington and the disappearance of Graham – were the dump sites pre-meditated?  Given those assumptions, I say No. If we take the account of Jesse Matthew’s assault on a driver to be true, he is very impulsive (consider the 1,300 mile run to Galveston).   So, a guy who reacts, then figures out what he’s going to do later. No premeditation, though on the prowl. An opportunistic predator. Though I would say he’s learned from experience: impulsive in the heat of the moment, but over time, he’s learned to put contingencies in place.  

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Interactive Map #JesseMatthew #HannahGraham #MorganHarrington

I’m not seeing very helpful maps, so I made my own (just click and navigate). These are the facts. I may add some more speculative points later:

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I have other crime maps. Mostly for Canadian cases, and the Rocky Mount Serial Killer case here in North Carolina (click on the PAGES link above).

 

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Toronto-area victim identified as Guang Hua Liu

The victim in the Toronto-area human remains case has been identified  as 41-year-old Guang Hua Liu of Scarborough Liu was last seen alive on Aug. 10 and was reported missing by friends the following day.

 

Bizarre and disturbing. The first set of remains were found near Hewick Meadows Park in Mississauga, not far from the Square One shopping mall. The second set of what appear to be human remains were found in a bag near Kennedy Road and BonisAvenue in Scarborough. That’s about a 30 minute drive using the 401 and 403.

Here’s the latest:

Peel Regional Police say they have identified Guang Hua Liu, 41, of Scarborough, as the victim.
Peel Regional Police say they have identified Guang Hua Liu, 41, of Scarborough, as the victim. (Toronto Police Service)

Peel Regional Police say the remains found in Mississauga and Toronto in recent days belong to a single mother who went missing earlier this month.

Insp. George Koekkoek named the victim as 41-year-old Guang Hua Liu of Scarborough during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Koekkoek said Liu was last seen alive on Aug. 10 and was reported missing by friends the following day.

Liu, a Canadian citizen of Chinese descent, was a single mother of three.

Until recently, Liu was employed as “the owner of a now-defunct spa” on Eglinton Avenue in Scarborough, Koekkoek said.

Koekkoek said police have executed search warrants in their investigation.

“We are working on suspect information,” he said.

The investigation that led to Liu’s identification began when a human foot was found in the Credit River in Mississauga’s Hewick Meadows Park last Wednesday. Further remains were found nearby.

On the weekend, Toronto police were alerted to the discovery of remains on back-to-back days in the West Highland Creek.

While police had previously said there were “obvious similarities” between the finds in both cities, Koekkoek said Tuesday that police had “forensically linked” the recovered remains.

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A severed head, a foot and two hands discovered in Mississauga, Ont., last week and human remains found in Toronto on the weekend, are likely from the same victim, police said Monday.

Police say they can’t be 100 per cent certain, but there are “obvious similarities.”

Forensic scientists will make the final determination but Peel Regional Police said Monday morning their investigators believe the gruesome discoveries in the nearby cities over the past week are from the same victim.

“It is fair to say that … somehow parts of a person’s body have been discovered in two different locations,” said Const. Peter Brandwood.

On Saturday and Sunday remains were found in a creek in Toronto’s east end.

On Monday Brandwood confirmed those remains are human.

“Those remains that were discovered in Toronto have now been confirmed to be identified as human remains. Investigators are convinced that there are obvious similarities between the body parts in our investigation here and the human body parts and the recovery of those human body parts in the Toronto jurisdiction,” he said.

 

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The Serial Killer Ate My Homework

Watching some of these investigative reporters attempt to solve crimes gets as boring as watching American league baseball. No-one wants to single and bunt their way to victory, it’s all about the DH bases loaded home run, let’s hang it all to a serial killer and solve five crimes at once.

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Take the case of Nancy West writing in a recent New Hampshire Sunday News article about murder suspect Israel Keyes. Keyes is being held in Alaska for the alleged kidnapping and murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig from an Anchorage coffee shop. Keyes is also apparently  a person of interest in the slaying of Essex, Vermont couple, Bill and Lorraine Currier, who were randomly abducted and murdered in June 2011 (apparently Keyes has told investigators the bodies could be found in a Vermont landfill).  The article (and apparently an impatient public, and capitulating law enforcement agencies) then attempts to tie Keyes to the disappearance and murder of Celina Cass, whose body was retrieved from a local river over a year ago, less than a quarter of a mile from her home. The evidence? Cass disappeared the month after the Currier murders.

Never mind that where the Curriers live in Essex, Vermont is a good five-hour drive on rough roads to where Cass disappeared in New Hampshire. Never mind that the psychological profile of someone who robs and kills a couple in their 50s is vastly different from someone who murders an 11-year-old. Investigators also note that Keyes owned a cabin near the Canadian border in Constable, New York. Let me put that in perspective for you; that’s three states, and over 300 miles. It’s like saying a person from Cornwall, Ontario is a suspect in a Sherbrooke, Quebec murder simply because there once was a penitentiary in Cornwall.

It gets better. The article also notes that the cases of Maura Murray and Louise Chaput remain unsolved in New Hampshire. 

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I’ll make this really easy for everyone. There is no evidence that Israel Keyes murdered Celina Cass (or Murray or Chaput). Cass was found a quarter of a mile from her house and was most likely murdered by a family member.

As I wrote about in my last post, through a long process of trial and error I have become a disciple of the least effort principle of Occam’s Razor. By all means keep your mind open for the unexpected, but also keep it simple, let the facts speak for themselves. The pressure and temptation to throw everything into some great unifying theory in criminal investigation is strong. I remember back in the Summer of 2005 I was working with NBC television to do a story for Dateline NBC on my sister’s murder. The producers were interested in exploring an angle between her case, and the then two new investigations into the twin disappearances of Briana Maitland and Maura Murray. The producers wanted myself and Geographic Profiler, Kim Rossmo to go on record and suggest that all the cases might be related, that their was a possibility that a serial killer had been operating across the American-Canadian border over a period of three decades. There was absolutely no evidence to support this theory. Rossmo explained that when establishing locus and territoriality in geographic profiling, the span of a serial predator quickly diminishes at a point of say, 30 miles. For someone to be operating in a playing field of several hundred miles is very rare, if not impossible. Some might cite Ted Bundy, but that was never really the case: Bundy travelled. In the case of the Green River Killings one of the major inhibitors to resolving that investigation was the temptation to tie too much together (to essentially make Gary Ridgeway and Robert Pickton one person). When we told the producers at NBC that there no evidence to support such a sensational theory they didn’t care. They wanted us to say it anyway.

Eventually we backed away from the Dateline story, and the producers were not interested in doing a show that stuck with the facts. I will admit that the temptation to give them what they wanted was there. Regardless if it was true, a Dateline story would have given my sister’s case International exposure. It could have led to information that could have solved the case. But the premise wasn’t true, it could have done more damage than good. And anyway, an American audience would do little to shed light on events of 3o-years-ago; what ultimately was needed was a program in the French language, produced for locals, by locals (which is ultimately was what we got).

In November 1999, 16-year-old Julie Surprenant disappeared from a Montreal bus-stop. Less than two years later, 14-year-old Julie Bureau went missing

Julie Surprenant’s father, Michel

from her home near Sherbrooke, Quebec. Then ten months later the body of 27-year-old Julie Boisvenu was found in a ditch near Sherbrooke. She had been raped, beaten and strangled to death. The press quickly tried to suggest that the cases were somehow linked. Their evidence? The girls were all named Julie. I’m not joking. I remember the La Presse headline, Les Trois Julies, and I myself got caught up in this hysteria. So what happened? Julie Surprenant was abducted and killed by serial offender Richard Bouillon who, on his prison death bed, confessed to a nurse that he killed her. Her body has never been found. Julie Bureau was a runaway who resurfaced three years later, apparently living under everyone’s noses in Sherbrooke.  Julie Boisvenu was murdered by Hugo Bernier, who is currently serving a life sentence. Bernier was a repeat offender, but not a hardened criminal like Bouillon.

This brings me full circle to the cases on Briana Maitland and Maura Murray. Both disappeared

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within a month of each other eight years ago. Both disappearances involved abandoned automobiles on lonely forested highways. Both were young, attractive women with their whole lives ahead of them. For years investigators, the media and the public have tried to link the cases. It took the first year and a half before investigators officially dismissed any connection, wasting valuable resources and time.

The cases are vastly different.

Murray appears to have been under numerous stressors that could have given her a reason to runaway. She may be living somewhere else, or she may have been in despair and perhaps died in the woods. Maitland’s disappearance seems to be linked to foul play. Friends and associates to this day are not talking. She may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Where Maitland’s investigation appears to have stalled, the Murray case has received fresh interest with the creation of a blog by investigative journalist James Renner  ( apparently to the dismay of the family unfortunately). Nevertheless, Renner appears clear-headed and dedicated to sticking to the facts of the case. I hope both cases soon find their resolutions.

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Pickton inquiry hears from serial killer profiler

Kim Rossmo was one of the first officers to warn that a serial killer could be responsible for the disappearance of women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Kim Rossmo was one of the first officers to warn that a serial killer could be responsible for the disappearance of women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. (The Magazine of Simon Fraser University)

A renowned criminologist who warned the Vancouver Police Department that a serial killer might be at work while women went missing in the Downtown Eastside is scheduled to testify Tuesday at the missing women inquiry.

Kim Rossmo, a geographic profiler who was on the force at the time, was part of a working group formed as public pressure mounted for police to solve cases of missing sex workers.

Rossmo is credited as being among the first officers to warn about the possibility of a serial killer.

In 1998, he and another officer were preparing to issue a news release that said, in part: “The objective of this group is to determine if a serial murderer is preying upon people in the Downtown Eastside and, if so, what murders and disappearances are linked together.”

It would have marked the first time Vancouver police had publicly acknowledged the possibility of a serial killer, but just two weeks before the news release was scheduled to be issued, it was scrapped by the head of the force’s major crimes section and the working group was disbanded.

Systemic failures

In a brief address prior to the opening of the inquiry Tuesday, commissioner Wally Oppal compared the Pickton investigation to other serial killer cases including Clifford Olson, Ted Bundy and Gary Ridgway, known as Green River Killer.

Even though the cases spawned their own investigations and inquiries, Oppal said the same problems keep cropping up — issues of leadership, morale and resources within the policing community.

Oppal said he has to ask himself what he can do differently if previous reports failed to affect change.

Oppal said his final report will examine the systemic failures in the policing environment, including the relationship between police and the victims, and the failures in the organization itself.

Report due in June

Pickton wasn’t arrested until February 2002, five years after his name first surfaced as a suspect in the disappearance of sex workers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, when officers showed up at his Port Coquitlam farm with a search warrant related to illegal firearms and stumbled upon the belongings and remains of missing women.

Pickton was convicted in 2007 of six counts of second-degree murder, but the remains or DNA of 33 women were found on his farm. He claimed to have killed a total of 49 women. He is currently serving a life sentence.

Rossmo, now a professor at Texas State University, invented a technique of tracking crimes that is used around the world. He was the first Canadian police officer to get a PhD in criminology.

The missing women inquiry, headed by Oppal, is examining why Vancouver police and the RCMP failed to catch Pickton in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and why prosecutors declined to pursue an attempted murder charge against him after an attack on a sex worker in 1997.

A final report is due by June 30, 2012.