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Police described the 18-year-old Northern Virginia native as a 5'11" white female with a skinny build.
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Police block the road leading to the scene of a death investigation in connection with the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hanna Graham in Albermarle County, Va., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Searchers found human remains on Saturday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of Hannah Graham, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo told a news conference. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo addresses reporters at a briefing Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Charlottesville at a staging area for the search team looking for missing UVa. student Hannah Graham. Longo said Sunday that law enforcement is aggressively searching the county surrounding Charlottesville for any sign of Graham, who disappeared on Sept. 13. A search team of about 100 law enforcement officers and other trained searchers was combing through the countryside over the weekend. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)
Missing UVa. student Hannah Graham, 18, was last heard from on Saturday, September 13 at 1:20 a.m., WTVR-TV reported. 
This undated image provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows a booking photo of Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo announced Wednesday night Sept. 24, 2014. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/Galveston County Sheriff)
A police officer jumps a fence as he searches for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in Keswick, Va., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., charged with abducting Graham, didn't appear in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing on reckless driving charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Police on ATV's search for any sign of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in Keswick, Va., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., charged with abducting Graham, didn't appear in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing on reckless driving charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Police on ATV's search the fence line along a highway for any sign of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in Keswick, Va., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., charged with abducting Graham, didn't appear in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing on reckless driving charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Members of the Virginia State Police assemble on Sunday, Oct. 5, in Charlottesville, Va., at a staging area for the search team looking for missing UVA student Hannah Graham. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said Sunday that law enforcement is aggressively searching the county surrounding Charlottesville for any sign of raham, who disappeared on Sept. 13. A search team of about 100 law enforcement officers and other trained searchers was combing through the countryside over the weekend. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)
Graham was last seen wearing a black crop top with mesh cut outs on Friday, September 12, according to WTVR-TV. 
Hannah Graham is approximately 5'11" tall and has blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles, according to the Charlottesville Police Department
According to Charlottesville police, friends of the 18-year-old received a text from her at around 1:20 a.m. on September 13, and have not heard from her since. 
This image provided by the Charlottesville Police Department shows missing 18-year-old University of Virginia student, Hanna Elizabeth Graham, in a surveillance photo Saturday Sept. 13, 2014 in Charlottesville, Va. Police continue the search around the University Tuesday for the missing student. (AP Photo/Charlottesville Police Department)
A police officer looks into a well while searching for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in Keswick, Va., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., charged with abducting Graham, didn't appear in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing on reckless driving charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
In this Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 photo provided by the FBI, agents escort Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr., center, from a plane during extradition to Charlottesville, Va. Matthew, 32, is suspect in the Sept. 13, 2014 disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. (AP Photo/FBI)
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Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. is escorted into a courtroom for an appearance before 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter regarding his extradition back to Virginia Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities Wednesday night Sept. 24, 2014. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jill Howard, left, and her stepdaughter Martie Belt, talk about the arrest of Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. as they walk along the beach Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, near Gilchrist, Texas, on the Bolivar Peninsula. Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo announced Wednesday night Sept. 24, 2014. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jill Howard points down the beach in the direction where Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was arrested Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, near Gilchrist, Texas, on the Bolivar Peninsula. Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo announced Wednesday night Sept. 24, 2014. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jill Howard, left, and her stepdaughter Martie Belt, look for seashells as they walk along the beach Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, near Gilchrist, Texas, on the Bolivar Peninsula. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo announced Wednesday night Sept. 24, 2014. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. is escorted into a courtroom for an appearance before 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter regarding his extradition back to Virginia Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities Wednesday night Sept. 24, 2014. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. is escorted into a courtroom for an appearance before 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter regarding his extradition back to Virginia Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. is escorted into a courtroom for an appearance before 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter regarding his extradition back to Virginia Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., right, appears before 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter, center, regarding his extradition back to Virginia Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Galveston, Texas. Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach in the Texas community of Gilchrist by Galveston County Sheriff's authorities. He is charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia sophomore and is awaiting extradition. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kelly Garr replenishes a bag of yellow ribbons in the Stratford Landing neighborhood Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Alexandria, Va. where missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham grew-up, and her parents still live. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., 32, charged with abducting Graham in Charlottesville, Va., was captured in Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, and is awaiting extradition — but there is still no sign the 18-year-old student who went missing Sept. 13, authorities said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: A couple walks on the sidewalk after 2am at the apartment complex where Hannah Graham lived in Charlottesville. Photos depict the route (as captured by surveillance cameras) thought to be where the lasting sightings of Hannah Graham occurred. Images were made in the early a.m. hours after midnight to approximate the conditions under which she was last seen. She went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
This undated photo provided by the Charlottesville, Va. Police Department shows Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. Authorities are again searching the apartment of Matthew, and they believe he is the last person seen with University of Virginia student Hannah Graham before she disappeared. Matthew is being sought on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving, but authorities also say they want to talk to him about 18-year-old Graham, who has been missing since Sept. 13. (AP Photo/Charlottesville, Va. Police Department)
CORRECTS SOURCE - In this image provided by the Charlottesville Police Department via WRIC-TV Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014 shows the wanted poster issued for Leroy Matthew Jr. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said at a news conference Tuesday night that officers are looking for Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., 32, after obtaining a felony arrest warrant from a magistrate on a charge of abduction with intent to defile. They also continue to search for 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who went missing early the morning of Sept. 13. (AP Photo/Charlottesville, VA. Police Department via WRIC-TV)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: At a Friday afternoon press conference Charlottesville (R) Police Chief Timothy Longo (that's Det. Sgt. Jim Mooney just left of him) was emotional as he pleaded with the public to think about anything they may have seen or remembered about events on the downtown mall last Friday at the time Hannah Graham disappeared. Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: Investigators searched an apartment today as they followed up on a major lead they received in the case of missing UVA student Hannah Graham. They gathered after removing evidence from an apartment where a person of interest lived. Hannah Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: Investigators searched an apartment today as they followed up on a major lead they received in the case of missing UVA student Hannah Graham. A forensics officer from the Charlottesville Police Department talked with a neighbor behind the apartment that was searched. Hannah Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: At a Friday afternoon press conference Charlottesville (R) Police Chief Timothy Longo (that's Det. Sgt. Jim Mooney just left of him) was emotional as he pleaded with the public to think about anything they may have seen or remembered about events on the downtown mall last Friday at the time Hannah Graham disappeared. Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: A couple walks on the sidewalk after 2am at the apartment complex where Hannah Graham lived in Charlottesville. Photos depict the route (as captured by surveillance cameras) thought to be where the lasting sightings of Hannah Graham occurred. Images were made in the early a.m. hours after midnight to approximate the conditions under which she was last seen. She went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: Bernard Bowles works very close to the spot on the mall where Heather Graham was last seen. He often hangs out in the area through the night and was around the night of her disappearance but says the he did not see anything unusual that night. Photos depict the route (as captured by surveillance cameras) thought to be where the lasting sightings of Hannah Graham occurred. Images were made in the early a.m. hours after midnight to approximate the conditions under which she was last seen. She went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
If you saw Jesse Matthew or his car last Saturday morning w/ #HannahGraham, call the police tip line at 434.295.3851. http://t.co/65WLdgILX5
This is a picture of Jesse Matthew's car. If you think you saw it PLEASE call the tip line. 434-295-3851 @CBS6 http://t.co/WQBWDNmfhu
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: At a Friday afternoon press conference Charlottesville (R) Police Chief Timothy Longo (that's Det. Sgt. Jim Mooney just left of him) was emotional as he pleaded with the public to think about anything they may have seen or remembered about events on the downtown mall last Friday at the time Hannah Graham disappeared. Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 18: A candlelight vigil attended by hundreds was held tonight at McIntyre Amphitheater (on the UVA campus). The vigil was to honor Hannah Graham who went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. Among those who came to show support was (R) Lily Davis, (a freshman age 18) from Berryville, Va.(Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 18: A candlelight vigil attended by hundreds was held tonight at McIntyre Amphitheater (on the UVA campus). The vigil was to honor Hannah Graham who went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: Bernard Bowles works very close to the spot on the mall where Heather Graham was last seen. He often hangs out in the area through the night and was around the night of her disappearance but says the he did not see anything unusual that night. Photos depict the route (as captured by surveillance cameras) thought to be where the lasting sightings of Hannah Graham occurred. Images were made in the early a.m. hours after midnight to approximate the conditions under which she was last seen. She went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: Investigators searched an apartment today as they followed up on a major lead they received in the case of missing UVA student Hannah Graham. They gathered after removing evidence from an apartment where a person of interest lived. Hannah Graham went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- SEPTEMBER 19: One of the cameras that captured Hannah Graham walking by on the mall. Photos depict the route (as captured by surveillance cameras) thought to be where the lasting sightings of Hannah Graham occurred. Images were made in the early a.m. hours after midnight to approximate the conditions under which she was last seen. She went missing in downtown last Saturday morning. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Thoughts are with @UVA as they search for one of their own, Hannah Graham. #OneStateOneFight #hoosgotyourback
Important: CPD has advised that a UVA student, Hannah Graham, has been missing since 1:20 am on Sat. Call CPD with info: 434-970-3280.
Photo of missing UVA student Hannah Graham may be found here: http://t.co/LjB6zbhpX8 Please contact CPD at 434-970-3280 if you have seen her
PLEASE RT: @UVA student Hannah Graham missing since Sat. If you have info, call 434-970-3280 http://t.co/suXp2pWXBd http://t.co/M6j4a2eeMO
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By LARRY O'DELL

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The investigation into the case of a missing University of Virginia student has provided a "significant break" in the unsolved 2009 death of another young woman who disappeared from the Charlottesville campus, Virginia State Police said Monday.

The announcement of the new lead in Morgan Harrington's case came as authorities continue to search for Hannah Graham, 18, who disappeared Sept. 13.

"For the past five years, the Virginia State Police has been aggressively pursuing the investigation into the disappearance and death of 20-year-old Morgan D. Harrington of Roanoke, Va.," state police said in a written statement. "Last week, the arrest of Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, Va., provided a significant break in this case with a new forensic link for state police investigators to pursue."

Evidence Links Hannah Graham Suspect to Another Missing Student

The statement provided no specifics about the forensic evidence and said state police would have no further comment. Charlottesville police had searched Matthew's car and apartment, taking several items of clothing from the home.

Matthew's attorney, James Camblos, did not immediately respond to a telephone message.

Harrington, a student at Virginia Tech, disappeared after leaving U.Va.'s John Paul Jones Arena during a Metallica concert on Oct. 17, 2009. Her remains were found in January 2010 in a hayfield in Albemarle County.

Police have said they searched that location for Graham, who was reported missing a day after she was captured by surveillance videos as she walked unaccompanied in Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. Police have identified Matthew, a hospital worker, as the last person to be seen with Graham early on the morning of Sept. 13.

Matthew was returned from Texas late Friday after he was found on a beach near Galveston, Texas. He is being held without bond at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail.

Matthew is expected to make his first court appearance on Thursday to face a charge of abduction with intent to defile.
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