Hannah Graham Body Located: Sources Say Tip Led To Her Recovery

Posted by BOC Staff | Hannah Elizabeth Graham,Morgan Harrington | Saturday 18 October 2014 5:33 pm

Breaking News:  The body of Hannah Elizabeth Graham has been recovered.

Press Conference involving multiple agencies to be held momentarily.

Thoughts and prayers are with Hannah, her family and friends this evening.


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  1. Rose says:

    Jesse Matthew faces up to life in prison if convicted of attacking a woman in 2005.

  2. Mom3.0 says:

    No worries TGF Just so glad yr ok.
    You were missed.

  3. Starsky says:

    Hey BlInk
    Have you given up on your blog? You used to update all of the time but now weeks and more pass without updates.

    Hey Starsky- Obviously not as much as I would like, work/school/fam balance is a myth.

  4. A Texas Grandfather says:

    Thanks for the links Rose

    I especially like the interview with Gil Harrington. She is a beautiful person both physically and in her character. Despite losing her daughter, she had feelings for JM’s family and what they are going through.

    I could not get the aol link to work.

    She is such a kind lady. I never met Morgan, but I believe she was very kind in every way as well.
    I don’t like the unfairness of this work and I quite frankly do not understand it. I just know it exists.


  5. Tiberious says:

    Would someone be so kind as to explain to me what impact on Hannah’s case this has?

    Does this mean he will not stand trial? If he does stand trial are they allowed to mention this plea?

    Not sure overall what this means with regards to all the criminal charges he as and the number of victims he is tied to.

    Generally prior bad acts are not admissible, however, there are a variety of ways his plea will come in eventually. They are not going to need it, imo. So it is possible the State and defense may stipulate it does not. It will be a juror question in vior dire to assess if jurors have formed an opinion on the case- but where it definitely WILL come in is if ( when) he is sentenced. He is already a convicted felon of a potentially similar offense.

    In short, Jesse Matthew will never leave prison.

  6. Hummingbird says:

    Thank God!! He will never leave prison.
    All the hard work you did Blink! No stone left unturned in Morgan’s case.
    We all thought Norgan would never have hitch hiked.
    We thought it was probably a taxi or a member of security someone she felt safe enough to accept a ride with on a cold dark rainy night denied re entry into the stadium and locked out of her car.
    Jesse looked just like Sketch abscess interviewed by the police.
    Oh I could just weep and spit tacks!!
    The grace, dignity, courage and advocacy of Gil and Dan Harrington is something to behold.
    Kudos to you too dear brave Blink.

    I have missed you dear friend, always xo.

    I pray for resolution for Morgan’s case- we can only prevent such tragedy if we can learn from it.

  7. Hummingbird says:

    And was interviewed by the police I mean.

  8. Dr Pepper says:

    Hey yo! Long time no read! I know you have so much going on and little time to investigate, vet, writs and publish.

    Could by chance any of your contributors step in do sons projects for BOC? :) :) I miss you B miss the heck outta you!!!

  9. Dr Pepper says:

    * write

  10. Dr Pepper says:

    * ya’ll
    *do SOME projects (not sons) lol

  11. Starsky says:

    I ditto Dr. Pepper. Blink, so sad to see you go so long without writing…
    Is there another investigative blogger you admire that we can follow while you are pursuing other interests?

    That’s a great question Starsky, unfortunately I do not- it’s kind of the if I don’t have the time to write I don’t have the time to read elsewhere either “thing.” I do have a few long term irons I have been working on (percolating) I may publish or I could bore you all to tears and publish my thesis.

  12. Dr. Pepper says:

    you favorite Albermine Prosecutor is in the news…also up for re-election in Nov. pretty sure she’s got competition this time around.. Check this out:
    “When Prosecutors Believe the Unbelievable”

    Yes, lovely job, isn’t it? This may have something to do with her distractions:

    And she prosecuted that guy and not Matthew in Morgan’s case?

  13. Judi says:

    I don’t understand why he hasn’t been charged with Morgan’s death yet.

  14. A Texas Grandfather says:

    It appears that Lunsford has some major personal problems that have caused her to do some foolish things regarding her work. She is walking a very thin line by using her office for punishing those she has problems with.

    Albemarle county should take steps to remove Lundsford from her office and find a quality person to run the county District Attorney’s office.

    Agreed considering she is running for re election- should appoint a special protocol- I believe that is protocol.
    (xoxo, VP)


  15. A Texas Grandfather says:

    Blink’s thesis may bore some, but I would read every word and probably learn some new things about the subject. Maybe when it is finished and accepted, it can be published where those who are interested could have access.

    I support every effort of improving one’s education towards bettering ourselves and the community at large.

    I can understand the stress of all the things in an adults life when taking on extra work. Please B, I and others will exercise patience as we await a time when you are able to get back to the blog as it operated previously.

    I have been relearning the muscle memory of my facial muscles because of loosing the remaining lower teeth in order to play the trumpet. Been educating the dentist and assistants in the necessity of being very precise in the construction of a proper denture. Back to basics regarding practice and the upper register is not back yet. No double C’s for a while. Double C on the trumpet is C7 on the piano.

    Eventually, I can publish, thank you kindly. I am sorry to hear you are adjusting to your new “chops” pun intended, I have no doubt you will be right back at master status.

    Something I have been working on for a while, is improper criminal adjudications resulting in either improper verdict or successful appeals- which I believe the proper criminal procedure adherence would have reflected actual guilt. Yeah, it’s a handful :)

  16. A Texas Grandfather says:

    If I fully understand your work description, you have identified an area of criminal proceedings where improper charges or poorly selected charges allow or force the court to follow a course that allow a guilty criminal to escape punishment or have grounds for a successful appeal.

    This means you are spending a lot of time analyzing data from cases where criminals managed to escape proper punishment because of the entire process from charge through the court procedures. I hope you have discovered a process that can be used as a guide to accomplish better results in all facets of the criminal procedure.

    Since you are preparing a thesis, I assume you will have a Masters in some area of criminal justice. I couldn’t be more proud of your accomplishments.

    It is broader than just improper charges, it is central to the investigative process, through the DA and their investigative process and procedure, through the adjudication process. (Case specific in multiple jurisdictions). As I am working through, I had hoped to include some non-adjudicated cases ( no arrest but primary suspect) however, I am having difficulty getting case file information for research purposes, lol. Yes, ATG, my SM is in Applied Criminology and thank you, it’s going to be a long school year, lol.

  17. A Texas Grandfather says:


    Your reference to master regarding my trumpet playing brought back a memory of a funny story regarding our youngest daughter.

    We did not allow our children to watch TV from their own choices. We directed them to the stations and programs that we felt would enhance their knowledge and value systems.

    In 1964 I was the office co-coordinator for a construction project of turning around a pipeline that ran from Marcus Hook,Pa. to the middle of the State of Ohio where it would connect with an existing pipeline. The original pipeline was built to transport high sulfur crude unloaded from ships from Venezuela to a refinery in Kansas. Our project was to reverse the flow, clean the line and transport LPG’s (liquified petroleum gas) to Philadelphia and via another pipeline to be built from Greensburg, Pa to Corning, New York and on over to Albany. Most weeks I worked seventy hours.

    On a saturday in late September, I left work and went home early arriving about two P.M.. I found D who was approaching her 7th birthday watching the local PBS TV station operated by the University of Houston. She was watching a trumpet player. When she saw me she said “I like this guy, he can play as well as you”. She had heard me since she was in the world so she did know something about what a good trumpet sound was.

    When I looked at the TV, the trumpet player was none other than Fred Mills who at that time was first trumpet for the Houston Symphony and was a graduate of Julliard. I laughed at her remark and told her who she was watching. Fred was 29 years old and five years out of school. He was later the first trumpet for 27 years with the Canadian Brass.

    “Well, I don’t care who he is she replied, He can still play as well as you.” Out of the mouth of babes comes their concept of truth.

    LOL, adorable.

  18. Observer says:

    Like so many others, since October 17, 2009–when Morgan Harrington disappeared–I have been waiting patiently for this day to come.

    At 4:30pm this afternoon Jesse Matthew was indicted on two counts related to Morgan Harrington:

    1. Abduction with intent to defile; and
    2. First degree murder.

    Justice will never be denied; justice will prevail.

    Indeed we begin this process for our forever shiny girl.

  19. A Texas Grandfather says:

    Thanks for the update Observer

    I am hopeful that the charges can be proven in a way that takes JM to death row.

  20. Tango says:

    No disrespect intended but I’m somewhat astonished that there’s no new thread for Morgan.

    None taken Tango. This is the start of the adjudication process and behind the scenes things are moving at a rapid clip. More to follow.

  21. Observer says:


    Feel free to take this to the bank: Matthew will enter an Alford plea in Hannah Graham’s case–just as he did in the Fairfax case–and may well do the same in Morgan’s case.

    The Commonwealth will not seek the death penalty in Morgan’s case, and Matthew will not receive the death penalty in Hannah’s.

    All that said, he will never see the light of day again except behind bars.

  22. alexandra says:

    Finally, Justice will be served for Morgan!

  23. Clementine says:

    Hello Blink (and everyone). Sharing an update on Jesse Matthew.

    Lawyers for Jesse Matthew are “asking a judge to consider his difficult upbringing” and “the fact he’s a first-time offender”.

    Fox News: Ex-girlfriend Of Jesse Matthew Says In Letter He Was Raped As Child: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/09/30/ex-girlfriend-jesse-matthew-says-in-letter-was-raped-as-child

    NBC 29: Ex-Girlfriend Letter to Judge: Jesse Matthew Raped As Child: http://www.nbc29.com/story/30144326/ex-girlfriend-letter-to-judge-jesse-matthew-raped-as-child

    CBS 6: Ex-girlfriend Claims Convicted Rapist Jesse Matthew Jr. Was Raped As A Child: http://wtvr.com/2015/09/29/report-ex-girlfriend-claims-convicted-rapist-jesse-matthew-jr-was-raped-as-a-child

    Daily Mail: Hannah Graham Murder Suspect ‘Was Raped Repeatedly As A Child’ Claims His Ex-girlfriend: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3254206/Hannah-Graham-murder-suspect-raped-repeatedly-child-claims-ex-girlfriend.html

  24. Clementine says:

    Trial Date Set For Jesse Matthew In Morgan Harrington Case: http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/virginia/2015/09/30/jesse-matthew-court-harrington-and-graham-cases/73071350

    “Jesse Matthew, who faces charges of first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile in the death of Morgan Harrington, will go on trial for her death on October 24, 2016.

    The trial was originally scheduled to begin on October 17, 2016, but was moved back because it is the anniversary of Harrington’s disappearance.”

  25. Jane says:

    Blink…wish you’d throw us a little crumb!

    Not sure what you mean Jane?

  26. Starsky says:

    What does it actually mean for someone to have three life sentences? Does it mean he can parole? And why would someone get three to be served concurrently?

    He will never be released from custody on any of the convictions under VA law- he will not be paroled. The real issue, imo, is that he has not been charged with capital murder- 1. because I do not think their case can meet the burdens it will need to to empanel a death-qualified jury.
    2. I believe it will be shown Matthew can produce an expert to testify to some means of diminished capacity or some other functional impairment- sparing him from a prosecution in a capital case.

    A very smart decision by the commonwealth- but wth is up with Lunsford’s coiff?

  27. A Texas Grandfather says:

    Your probably correct about the Alford plea in Both Hannah’s and Morgan’s cases. The problem is that this Mathew guy is a serial rapist and murderer. Those kinds of people do not deserve to be alive after the manner in which these young women were kidnapped and murdered.

    The only thing the Alfred plea will accomplish is saving the state a lot of dollars by making the trials short. Why should the state continue to spend thirty or more thousand dollars a year to keep the murderer alive? That to me is a waste of resources.

  28. Sweetpea says:


    First I would like to say Long time no blog! Its been years since I have logged onto this site. Amazing since it became a everyday thing in my life so such a long time. I think the Kyron Hormon case just did me in. Living only a few miles from the location of his disappearance was simply to close to home. Regardless I see you are still hard at it and I was so happy to see when I logged on!

    I was scrolling through news stories when I saw the 48 Hours news story regarding the three missing girls one being Morgan Harrington. I was so taken back. I immediately logged on here. Let me just say you are amazing and do wonderful work. Big hug to you!

    I am most proud of the work BOC and its editors did on Morgans case- thank you for saying so.

  29. A Texas Grandfather says:

    Thanks for the link Starsky.

    It is not surprising to me that Lunsford was defeated in the election. She has problems with people that affected her judgement and the behavior in office. When people learn of these things, they usually decide that it is time for someone else to take the job.

    I am hopeful that the new prosecutor will take the time to meet with Gil and Dan Harrington regarding Morgan’s case to give them a real sense of what he intends to do. The trial date is many months away which should give time for the new attorney to get up to speed.

    I do not agree with the concept that Jessie Mathew will be behind bars where he cannot hurt anyone. Unless he is kept in solitary, there is always potential danger to the other prisoners.

    I agree strongly ATG. JLM is likely a LONGTIME serial offender. I am suspect of at least one attack that has never been made public that I believe solidifies his MO, but is also a window to him personally and academically- I want to know everything I can about every aspect of this offender. That information could solve another crime, or prevent future similar ones.

    Lastly- if he is to be allowed to plead- I want to know every single second of what happened to Morgan and I believe that information and an investigational review can only strengthen investigative skills of officers.

    Gonna be honest- I want a transparent review.

    Not a fan of Lunsford personally but they do seem to try cases differently in the VA Commonwealth.

  30. A Texas Grandfather says:

    If I were the person making the decision regarding the investigation of JLM, I would begin gathering data about his life and behavior from the time he was eleven or twelve years of age. This early background IMO would reveal behaviors that should have marked him as an unstable human that was very likely to do harm to others in the community.

    I heartily second Blink’s position of making JM give up all the details of the crime with Morgan (Hannah should be included) if he is allowed to plead. This guy has been operating under the radar of LE for two or more decades. There are many levels of his offenses against people that should be revealed in a thorough investigation of his life.

  31. A Texas Grandfather says:

    I am thinking that JM probably has multiple offenses that have never come to the full attention of LE and the courts. This behavior probably began as early as eleven or twelve.

    Perhaps the court can find a way to get the truth from him in return for a plea. While I do not normally think that a plea is the way to go, there are cases where it is the only way to get information on other crimes.

    I hope this gets through. Firefox update today and a previous post seems to have been lost in the bit bucket.

  32. A Texas Grandfather says:

    Apparently the post #33 on this page got stuck in the send buffer of Firefox during the update and was released by the submit directive of #34. Everything is up.

  33. Dr. Pepper says:

    A new Commonwealth prosecutor has been sworn in and will be taking the lead in Jess Matthews trial for the murder of Morgan Harrington. Former Commonwealth Attorney Lunsford lost her re-election in November.

    For some reason I’m kind of indifferent to this. It may have made a difference a couple of years ago during the investigation….wait, hell yeah it would! He’s a former fed prosecutor. got connections to fbi labs I bet and is used to doing hard core investigations. Good move for Alb County


    Looking forward to justice finally being served for Morgan and her family.


  34. Dr. Pepper says:

    Jesse Matthew pled guity to harrington and Graham’s murders. Can’t believe this place isn’t buzzing about it! Finally J4M

  35. Rose says:

    mighty sensible plea bargain on both sides.
    He avoids death penalty, and functionally
    it’s no sentence increase.
    Parents get answers.

    Sensible, yes.
    That said, at least in Harrington, I do not believe Matthew acted alone. Who thinks he is displaying Morgans Tshirt on a bush?

  36. Rose says:

    Ramseur has been with him awhile.
    The best capital defense VA has to offer
    the indigent. And he succeeded.

  37. Becky says:

    It’s so difficult to read the court documents and the injuries to Morgan and Hannah. He is truly a monster and I hope efforts are taken to see whether he is responsible for other unsolved cases. Not quite sure yet how I feel about the plea bargain, though I understand why it was done. Nothing will bring these young ladies back. I don’t think he put Morgan’s shirt on that bush. I think a pissed off girlfriend did, the same girl who probably received Morgan’s necklace and other items missing from Morgan and Hannah. Maybe she was too afraid to turn him in.

  38. Cat says:

    Blink Says:

    Who thinks he is displaying Morgans Tshirt on a bush?


    I thought this as well, who planted the shirt is not clear. Seems that the written plea didn’t provide much, if any, detail from JM. The most glaring was that there were suspicions about JM that night, he was seen interacting with Morgan, and that coworkers believed his behavior was odd. JM was interviewed in ’09, and apparently LE knew Morgan got into a cab, seems more judicious investigation practices would have been in order, the signs were there…

  39. Tango says:

    Tango- I sincerely appreciate this. I commented on the thread I wrote because when I wrote it- I knew it was the key to tie the offender to Morgan’s death. With every fiber of my being, I knew it. Life does not always work at my/our speed and I will not lie- I am still trying to figure out why it seems like Hannah’s death being preventable sans LE errors is intent to sit under that rug.


  40. Ragdoll says:

    Precious girls @–>–>-

    Was the Swarovski necklace that Morgan was wearing on the night she disappeared, ever recovered?


    It was not. Nice to see my FriendLY.

  41. Ragdoll says:

    Back at ya, my FriendLY. :-D

    Save the next girl <3 <3 <3

  42. Rose says:


    Thank you for posting this Rose. I met Ms. French covering Morgan’s case and I admired her tenacity. I completely support her efforts to interview Matthew- but I’m not sure it’s the right track to glean useful and preventative information. Imo, he needs interview from BAU trained resource with the intention of adding to offender profile based data. That’s my short list from a criminology perspective, I have a very long list from a victimology perspective.

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