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Police Identify Remains of Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham

A flyer about the missing of Hannah Graham is seen October 2, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

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Human remains found in a field last week were positively identified on Friday as missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. The college sophomore went missing on Sept. 13 when she was seen on surveillance camera footage with Jesse Matthew in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Matthew, 32, was named the suspect in the case a week after she vanished and he was arrested days later in Galeveston, Texas,” the Associated Press reports. “He was charged with abduction with intent to defile, although now that the remains have been identified as Graham’s, the charges will likely be increased.”

Here’s a chronology of Graham’s disappearance from WTVR:

On the evening of Sept. 12, she was seen at a party before friends saw her at an apartment complex a couple of blocks away. That was shortly before midnight. About 12:45 a.m. on Sept. 13, a surveillance camera caught her outside of a pub, about three-quarters of a mile from the apartment complex.

Other surveillance cameras captured her, as she ran past a gas station, walked past an Italian cafe and then by a jewelry store. These cameras capture her route along the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, a pedestrian thoroughfare lined with shops and restaurants. The cameras also showed a man, later identified as Jesse Matthew Jr., first follow Graham and then put his arm around her as they walked toward the Tempo Bar, where reports said Matthew had been earlier in the evening. At 1:20 a.m., Graham texted her friends to say she was lost and trying to find a party. She and a man said to be Matthew were seen having drinks at a bar between 1:30 and 2 a.m., though the bar denies she was ever inside. Police believe she may have been under the influence of alcohol, making her less able to defend herself. In the early morning hours of Sept. 13, police said more surveillance cameras  showed Graham leaving the Tempo Bar area around 2 a.m. Matthew is believed to be the last person who saw Graham alive.

“Matthew was indicted Monday in connection with a 2005 rape in Fairfax, Virginia,” WTVR reports. “Late last month, [WTVR] reporter Laura French broke the news that Matthew was linked to Morgan Harrington‘s 2009 abduction and murder as well.”