Search continues for Va. student who vanished

In this Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 photo provided by the FBI, agents escort Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr., center, from a plane during extradition to Charlottesville, Va. Matthew, 32, is suspect in the Sept. 13, 2014 disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. (AP Photo/FBI)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A search team is working with canine units in attempting to find a University of Virginia sophomore who vanished more than two weeks ago.

The search Saturday for 18-year-old Hannah Graham follows the return to Charlottesville late Friday of a suspect arrested in her feared abduction. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was returned from Texas after he fled Virginia.

The 32-year-old hospital worker is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday to face a charge of abduction with intent to defile — or sexually molest.

Mark Eggeman is the search and rescue coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. He’s leading a team of about 20 trained search personnel and canine units. Eggeman says they have been searching for the northern Virginia woman since she was reported missing.

 

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