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Investigators examine possible connection between Jesse Matthew Jr. and murdered woman found on mountain

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Posted at 2:15 PM, Sep 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-30 14:52:51-04

Campbell County, Va. – Sheriff’s investigators are working to determine whether Hannah Graham abduction suspect Jesse Matthew Jr. was involved in the 2009 murder of a Campbell County woman, according to a report from WTVR.

The body of Cassandra Morton, 23, was found in November 2009 on Candlers Mountain in Lynchburg. Her death remains unsolved.

“We had a conversation about that early on when we found out that he [Matthew] went to Liberty [University] and was familiar with the area,” Campbell County Sheriff Steve Hutcherson told Roanoke.com.

Investigators said they have not yet followed up with police in Charlottesville.

This development came one day after CBS 6 reporter Laura French broke the news at evidence exists that linked Matthew to Morgan Harrington. Morton was last seen alive on October 10, seven days before Harrington, a Virginia Tech student, disappeared from the University of Virginia campus.

In a statement, James L. Camblos III, Matthew’s lawyer, said he met with his client for 2½ hours Monday but declined further comment.

“Because everything is under seal, I have not been provided with any evidence that links him to either of these cases,” he said, referring to Graham and Harrington.

Matthew will have a bond hearing on Thursday, WTVR reports.

Harrington was a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student when she went missing after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville in October 2009. Her remains were found on a farm months later.

No arrests have been made in Harrington’s case, and the cause of her death is still under investigation.

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