State Police: Jesse Matthew not interviewed in 2009 in Harrington investigation

jesse matthewMedia reports that Virginia State Police investigators interviewed Jesse Matthew in 2009 in connection with the disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington are not accurate, according to a statement from the state police late Thursday.

The statement from VSP:

Inaccurate information was released today by certain media outlets citing unnamed “sources” regarding the Morgan Harrington investigation. Jesse L. Matthew Jr. was never interviewed in 2009 by state police in connection with the Morgan Harrington investigation. 

Right now the disappearance and death of Morgan are the core focus of the Virginia State Police investigation. Release of information from anyone other than the Virginia State Police concerning this case is not official nor factually confirmed. The Harrington family and public deserve accurate representation of the facts of this case. State police will release new information at a time and in a manner that does not jeopardize the integrity of this ongoing, complex criminal investigation.

Matthew, 32, is being held without bond in connection with the disappearance of Hannah Graham, 18, a second-year UVA student, who went missing in the early morning hours of Sept. 13. Graham was last seen leaving the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville with Matthew, who was arrested on Sept. 24 and charged with abduction with intent to defile in the Graham case.

Subsequent DNA testing has tied Matthew to the Harrington case and another case involving a woman who was the victim of a sexual assault in Fairfax in 2005.

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