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Jesse Matthew now charged with abduction with intent to defile

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) -

Speaking briefly on Tuesday night, Charlottesville Police chief Timothy Longo announced that there is now enough evidence to support charging a University of Virginia employee formerly considered a person of interest in the disappearance of UVA sophomore Hannah Graham.

Longo issued an updated wanted poster for Jesse Matthew, now saying Matthew is charged with abduction with intent to defile. The new charge joins two prior charges of reckless driving related to his reportedly fleeing at high speed sometime after he voluntarily showed up at the Charlottesville Police Department on Saturday.

Longo wouldn't comment what was the key piece of evidence to help elevate and obtain the new charge. But, he did say the department "absolutely" continues to search for Hannah Graham. 

Click here for NBC12's full coverage of the Hannah Graham disappearance: www.nbc12.com/hannah.

Graham went missing more than a week ago. Security cameras captured images of her walking and running in downtown Charlottesville on the night she disappeared. Thousands of volunteers joined the search for the missing student.

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