Sep 25, 2014 12:33 PM

Suspect captured, but UVa student still missing

The Associated Press

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) Authorities were concerned that a fugitive charged with abducting a University of Virginia student may have been trying to flee to Mexico.

That's according to a person familiar with the search for Hannah Graham who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person isn't authorized to publicly discuss the investigation.

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. had a brief hearing Thursday over a video link from a jail in Galveston County, Texas, where he was arrested on a beach the day before.

Charlottesville Virginia Police Chief Timothy Longo said Matthew had been staying in a tent next to his car on the beach in Gilchrist, which is about a seven-hour drive from the Mexico border.

Virginia police have charged Matthew with "abduction with intent to defile" Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore who went missing Sept. 13 in Charlottesville. An intense search for the teen has now expanded to Texas.


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