WTOP and 48 Hours Present: The Hannah Graham Story


48 Hours - The Hannah Graham Story


WASHINGTON — It’s now been just over one year since the disappearance and murder of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham.

The 18-year-old student, who graduated from West Potomac High School in Fairfax County, was last seen early Sept. 13, 2014, on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.

Police said surveillance video showed Graham was last seen with Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr., of Charlottesville.

Hannah Graham was abducted a year ago. (AP)

The simultaneous search for Graham and Matthew drew nationwide attention, but ended tragically when Graham’s remains were found 35 days later, behind an empty house in a remote section of Albemarle County, south of Charlottesville.

Jesse Matthew will go on trial for capital murder in July 2016.

Matthew’s arrest has led to major developments in other, previously unsolved cases.

In June of this year, Matthew was found guilty of a 2005 rape in Fairfax County. In addition, police say he is linked by DNA to the 2009 murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.

WTOP’s Neal Augenstein, who has closely covered all aspects of the case, was asked by the award-winning news magazine CBS News’ 48 Hours to write, voice and produce a five-part podcast on the Hannah Graham story. 48 Hours producer Mike Vele supervised the podcast, and provided the musical score.

The daily podcasts will lead up to the two-hour season premiere of the true-crime TV series at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Check back daily to download all five installments of “The Hannah Graham Story.”

Vanished: The night University of Virginia student Hannah Graham disappeared. (Download Episode 1)

Person of Interest: Who is Jesse Matthew? As the search for Hannah Graham continues, police learn more about the last person seen with her. (Download Episode 2)

Kidnapped: Could Hannah Graham still be alive? The search for Jesse Matthew. (Download Episode 3)

The case widens: Could Jesse Matthew be responsible for unsolved attacks against other young women? (Download Episode 4)

Genesis of Evil: The case against the man charged with murdering Hannah Graham. (Download Episode 5)