Charlottesville police have released a wanted poster in their search for Jesse "LJ" Matthew, the person they say was last seen with missing Northern Virginia native Hannah Graham.
Matthew, 32, was last seen speeding away from state police troopers Saturday after showing up at the Charlottesville police station. He left without talking to detectives after asking for a lawyer, police Chief Timothy Longo said Sunday.
He is wanted for two counts of reckless driving, and is possibly using his sister's light blue Nissan Sentra with Virginia license plate VAC-4575.
Police say Matthew has associations to the D.C. area, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York.
Charlottesville police say they are awaiting forensic lab results today after searches of Matthew's apartment and car. The chief has said police are aware of the similarities between the disappearance of Graham, an 18-year-old West Potomac High School graduate and University of Virginia student, and the 2009 murder of 20-year-old Morgan Harrington, who disappeared at a concert in Charlottesville.
Investigators have matched DNA in the Harrington case to an unsolved rape in Fairfax city in 2005. The suspect in that case matches Matthew's description. Click here for the FBI's composite sketch.
Anyone with information is asked to call the 24-hour tip line at 434-295-3851.
Previous story posted Sept. 21
In an emotional Sunday afternoon press conference, the parents of missing Northern Virginia native Hannah Graham talked about their nightmare and pleaded for information that will help bring their daughter home.
Meanwhile, Charlottesville police Chief Timothy Longo said person of interest Jesse “LJ” Matthew showed up at the police station Saturday, but left “at a high rate of speed” after talking to a lawyer — and now he’s wanted for reckless driving.
Police say they are well aware of the similarities between Graham’s disappearance and the 2009 abduction and murder of 20-year-old Morgan Harrington, who vanished at a Metallica concert on the U.Va. campus.
DNA connected her still-uncaught killer to a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax city, also unsolved. In that case, the attacker was scared off by a passerby. Based on the witness descriptions, a composite sketch of the suspect showed an African American male, about 25 to 35 years old and 6 feet tall.
A $50,000 reward, much of it made up from donations from individuals and businesses, is being offered for information in the case. A $150,000 reward is being offered in the Morgan Harrington case.