According to Reuters, authorities searched for clues on Monday (October 20) across a wide area near where human remains, possibly those of a missing University of Virginia student, were found over the weekend.
Searchers found the remains, which may be those of Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore, on Saturday (October 18) in southern Albemarle County. They have been moved to the state medical examiner’s office in Richmond for identification.
A spokeswoman for the Albemarle County Police Department said any announcement about the identification would be released through the county. No news briefing has been scheduled.
"We're just not answering any questions now" since the case has become a death investigation, said county spokesman Carter Johnson.
Police focused on an area along a road about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Charlottesville, the site of the university. They were searching through woods and along the road for clues in the sparsely settled area.
COMMENT: Hannah Graham went missing early on September 13, after an evening out with friends. Jesse Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, was the last person seen with her and has been charged with abduction with intent to defile.
The remains were found on an abandoned property about eight miles (13 kilometers) from where Graham was last seen.
Sergeant Dale Terry with the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office, who found the remains, told a local television station that they were unburied and not far from the road. Sergeant Terry said there was no crushing of bones and the skull appeared intact. A pair of black pants, similar to ones Graham was wearing, were nearby.
Virginia State Police have said forensic evidence also links Matthew to Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech female student who disappeared after leaving a Charlottesville concert in October 2009. Her body was discovered in 2010.
This report will be updated as new information becomes available.