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Jesse Matthew arrest prompts renewed look at 2009 Cassandra Morton murder

Jesse Matthew. (Photo: police mugshot)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (ABC/AP) - The Campbell County Sheriff's office said Tuesday it is investigating a possible link between Jesse Matthew Jr. and Cassandra Morton.

 

Morton disappeared in October, 2009. Her body was discovered a few weeks later in a shallow grave on Candlers Mountain.

The Campbell County Sheriff's Office and Lynchburg Police have been looking for her killer ever since. Investigators said their leads have gone cold.

Meantime, Matthew's lawyer says police haven't told him what evidence they have against his client in the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham or another young woman's disappearance and death.

Attorney James Camblos said he met with his 32-year-old client for about 2½ hours Tuesday but still doesn't know what police have on him.

Matthew is accused of abduction with intent to sexually molest the 18-year-old Graham, who remains missing.

Virginia State Police also said Monday that Matthew's arrest provided a "forensic link" to the death of 20-year-old Morgan Harrington, who vanished while attending a rock concert at U.Va. in 2009.

While the Moon case has not been specifically connected to Matthew, he has been now been linked to alleged attacks on four women, as follows:

- Graham: Matthew is being held in her case. She disappeared early Sept. 13 after witnesses saw her and Matthew walk off together in downtown Charlottesville.

- Harrington: Police said the new link to Matthew was a "significant break" in her slaying investigation. Harrington's body was found three months after she disappeared at a Metallica concert on the Charlottesville campus.

- Unidentified 26-year-old woman: The FBI said in 2012 that DNA evidence matches Harrington's killer with the rapist of a woman who was grabbed from behind while walking home from a grocery store in northern Virginia in 2005. The man fled when he was startled by a passerby, police said.

- Unidentified university student: Matthew was accused of raping a fellow student at Liberty University, where he played as a defensive lineman on the football team from 2000 to 2002. The prosecutor said the complainant declined to press charges.

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