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A Charlottesville male who was a final chairman seen with blank University of Virginia tyro Hannah Graham has been charged with abducting her, and military pronounced they are actively acid for him.

For a initial time given Graham, 18, left from a city’s Downtown Mall area early Sept. 13, military pronounced they trust Jesse Leroy “LJ” Matthew Jr., 32, took her opposite her will. Matthew, a studious technician during a U-Va. sanatorium and longtime Charlottesville resident, was seen in notice video walking with Graham shortly after 1 a.m., and witnesses saw a dual together a brief time after during a circuitously bar.

Police pronounced Graham left with Matthew, though Graham has not been seen since. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo vowed to keep adult a heated hunt for Graham, and he voiced wish that she competence be found alive.

“We positively are stability a hunt for Hannah, and we will continue to hunt for Hannah,” Longo pronounced Tuesday night during a news discussion announcing a charges.

Although military had talked to Matthew progressing — during his unit Friday and over a weekend during military domicile — Longo pronounced military went to a commonwealth’s profession with new justification Tuesday and that a prosecutor concluded there was adequate to press charges. Police afterwards performed an detain warrant, though Longo declined to plead what that justification is.

Hannah Graham timeline

Police searched Matthew’s unit again Tuesday, and authorities had been watchful on research of debate justification collected progressing from Matthew’s automobile and unit — justification that could prove that Graham was with Matthew in possibly of those places before her disappearance. Police have pronounced they trust Graham got into a automobile with Matthew, though they do not know what happened to her after that.

Matthew was charged with “abduction with vigilant to defile,” a transgression that in Virginia indicates that a purported assailant kidnapped a plant with an vigilant to have sex with a person. Upon conviction, such felonies lift sentences of 20 years to life in prison.

Graham’s disappearance after a night of celebration and socializing with friends has dumbfounded a U-Va. village and led to a wide-ranging hunt for her in a college city that surrounds Virginia’s flagship open university. Graham had been walking alone, apparently after holding a wrong turn, and finished adult some-more than a mile easterly of a core of campus. She had been texting with friends to contend that she was lost, texts that abruptly finished during 1:06 a.m., about a time military contend she crossed paths with Matthew.

Police focused on Matthew as a consider after they perceived tips about his car, a bronze Chrysler coupe, and speckled him in notice video with Graham. A declare also pronounced he saw a male wise Matthew’s outline proceed Graham as she walked alone, and military pronounced she seemed intoxicated.

Matthew has hired an attorney, Charlottesville counsel James L. Camblos III, who pronounced he met with Matthew on Saturday after Matthew willingly went to a Charlottesville military hire and quickly spoke with police. Camblos declined to plead a box or his customer when contacted Tuesday night.

After a assembly Saturday, Matthew was authorised to leave a military hire since military did not have drift to make an arrest. Longo pronounced early Tuesday that Matthew afterwards gathering to an residence in circuitously Albemarle County, switched cars and afterwards left during a high rate of speed. Matthew evaded a military tail, and officers mislaid lane of him.

Police trust he was pushing his sister’s 1997 light-blue Nissan Sentra with Virginia permit image VAC4575 and pronounced he has contacts in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and a District.

A male who identified himself as a relations of Matthew’s pronounced over a weekend that he believed Matthew was being “framed” though declined to elaborate.

Matthew, who lives in an unit on Hessian Hills Way in Charlottesville, grew adult in a area and attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., from 2000 to 2002, according to propagandize records. Liberty University officials pronounced that Matthew was on a school’s football group during a 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons, and a school’s Web site indicates that he played on a defensive line.

Dave Hansen pronounced he initial met Matthew during church in Charlottesville, when Hansen was an partner priest during Calvary Chapel, and they prayed together during Sunday services.

“He was a nice, peaceful guy,” pronounced Hansen, who now serves as priest of Calvary Chapel of Louisa. “When we found out LJ was a chairman of interest, we was shocked. we said, ‘LJ? You got to be kidding!’ we was unequivocally blown away.”

Hansen described Matthew as a peaceful giant. A proffer ambulance driver, Hansen pronounced that in new months he bumped into Matthew during a university hospital, where Matthew was a studious technician in a handling room.

“He seemed happy,” Hansen said. “The whole thing has undetermined me. If he’s not guilty, a whole universe already thinks he’s guilty. If he’s not guilty, we can’t suppose what he’s feeling right now with his face intoxicated all over a place.”

Police are casting a far-reaching net for Matthew, who is deliberate a fugitive. There also is a $50,000 prerogative for information heading to a protected lapse of Graham.

Graham’s tighten friends from a U-Va. ski group voiced wish that if and when military find Matthew, it will assistance explain what happened to Graham.

“We’re anticipating that this will lead to anticipating Hannah,” pronounced Jenna Van Dyck, 20, a junior. “It’s another step in a box and it shows that everybody who is operative tough to find Hannah is doing an glorious job.”

U-Va. youth Hallie Pence, 21, pronounced she believes a detain aver is a certain development.

“I consider it’s good news, since that means that they are removing some-more information and a investigators are stability to make progress,” Pence said. “I consider it’s unequivocally good news that they haven’t strike any walls or found anything they can’t get past.”

Nick Anderson, Mary Pat Flaherty and Jennifer Jenkins contributed to this report.

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