Remains found last weekend are those of Hannah Graham, the University of Virginia student who vanished more than a month ago.
The remains were discovered Oct. 18 in a heavily wooded area in rural Virginia where Hannah Graham, the 18-year-old University of Virginia student, disappeared more than a month ago.
The suspect in her disappearance, Jesse L. Matthew, Jr., was charged last month with abduction with attempt to defile Graham, 18.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Hannah,” Graham’s parents, John and Sue Graham, said in a statement Friday afternoon. “Over recent weeks Hannah has been described by those who know her as bright, witty, thoughtful, loyal and fun to be around. She was all those things and more.”
The Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Ofiice has released the following statement:
Today, the Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the remains found in southern Albemarle County on October 18, 2014, are those of Hannah Graham. Denise Lunsford, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the County of Albemarle, and her office extend their deepest sympathies to Mr. and Mrs. Graham, Hannah’s brother and their family and friends.
We would like to thank the many volunteers and law enforcement personnel who spent five weeks searching tirelessly in hopes of bringing Hannah home. Your dedication and perseverance bring solace to a community that has been shaken by a senseless, horrific crime.
The focus of the investigation now is to determine what charges will be brought and the appropriate time to make those charges. We are working diligently with local law enforcement on the investigation to ensure that we make the best determination for our community and the Grahams in the pursuit of justice.
We realize that the media has a lot of questions, but it is of the upmost importance that all media outlets know that the Office of the Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney will not comment on this case or the investigation. We will take whatever measures necessary to ensure the integrity of this highly sensitive investigation and any possible prosecution. We further appreciate your cooperation in respecting the privacy of the Grahams during this incredibly difficult time.
Please continue to contact your local law enforcement with tips or information.