CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, (CNN) – Police are calling it a quote, “significant break.” Evidence that could link the suspect at the center of Hannah Graham’s disappearance to another missing female college student, Morgan Harrington, who was later found murdered.
Gil Harrington, Morgan’s mother, said, “There’s a suspect and possibility of a link to Morgan’s mother, and I’m so please that that has happened, but it doesn’t change a lot for us.”
State police say forensic evidence found in the course of three separate searches links Jesse Matthew, who’s facing charges in the Graham case, to Morgan Harrington, found dead in 2010.
Jane Valez Mitchell said, “Cops have confirmed that human remains found on a Charlottesville, Virginia farm are indeed those of the beautiful 20-year-old co-ed.”
A 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, Harrington went missing after a Metallica concert on the University of Virginia campus in October 2009.
The pair are among several young women who have disappeared in the area in recent years, raising questions about whether the cases are linked, including from harrington’s mother.
Gil Harrington said, “I really don’t know if it is a cluster phenomenon that just is kind of a coincidence, or if it is actually a pattern of a predator.”
However, until now, police resisted making the connection. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said, “It’s easy for me to understand why people would ask that question and have their mind go in that direction, but I just don’t have enough facts before me to make that determination.”
Now, Virginia State Police are pursuing unspecified forensic evidence linking Harrington and Matthew.
This as Matthew’s father insists his son wouldn’t hurt anyone. According to Jesse Matthew, Sr., “The only thing i could see, him maybe trying to give the girl a ride or help her out. To kill or hurt somebody, that’s not my son.”
Morgan Harrington’s remains were found on a farm about 10 miles away from where she went missing. Authorities are still looking for Hannah Graham. She has been missing since September 13th.
Suspect Jesse Matthew is being held in isolation in a Virginia jail cell.