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Suspect captured in disappearance of Virginia student Hannah Graham

The man charged with abducting a Virginia college student who disappeared 11 days ago was captured in Texas on Wednesday, police said.

Speaking to reporters in Virginia, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said Jesse LeRoy Matthew Jr., 32, was captured in Galveston on Wednesday, possibly after he was spotted by a Galveston County sheriff’s deputy.

Matthew Jr. has been charged with abduction with intent to defile in connection with the disappearance of Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia student who vanished the morning of Sept. 13.

Graham was last heard from about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 13, when she sent a text message to a friend, campus officials have said. She had been at a bar in Charlottesville the night she disappeared, and police have released surveillance videos that show her running and stumbling.

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Matthew was previously identified as a person of interest in Graham’s disappearance, and has also been charged with two counts of reckless driving.

Longo previously told reporters that Matthew, a medical technician, was the last person seen with Graham, according to the Associated Press.

A spokesman for the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office was not immediately available for comment. Longo did not take questions, but said police have already begun the process of extraditing Matthew back to Virginia.

A reward for information that helps police find the victim has ballooned to $100,000, Longo said.

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“We’re asking every person within the sound of my voice to help us find Hannah Graham,” he said.

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