Report: ‘Person of Interest’ Admits Buying Missing UVa Student Drink
September 20, 2014
Charlottesville Police have publicly identified the dreadlocked man they say was seen in surveillance video on the Downtown Mall.
Capt. Gary Pleasants confirmed that Jesse Leroy Matthew was seen with Graham last Saturday on the Downtown Mall, and lives at the apartment on Hessian Hills Way that investigators searched Friday.
Police said yesterday that they have spoken briefly with the man, who they say was with her in a bar on the night she went missing. Police said they did not have enough information to arrest or detain him after searching his car and apartment.
Matthew has not been charged with any crime related to the Hannah Graham investigation. Chief Longo said investigators would like to speak with Matthew about his interaction with the UVa second-year, and her disappearance.
A Daily Mail article quotes a family member of Matthew's as saying he bought drinks for Graham, but she never got into his car.
Matthew's online profile indicates he is a patient transporter for the University of Virginia Medical Center.
The Charlottesville Newsplex had previously confirmed Matthew's identity, but chose not to reveal his name until police would comment about it publicly.
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