DNA in '05 assault matches that of UVa suspect

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Posted: Nov 06, 2014 5:35 PM

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A forensic analysis shows that DNA recovered from underneath the fingernail of a sexual assault victim in 2005 matches that of the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

The report from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science notes that authorities compared DNA samples taken from the 2005 victim in Fairfax City with samples taken from 32-year-old Jesse Matthew after he was charged with abducting Graham. Graham's remains were found in October after a monthlong search.

Authorities already had announced a forensic link between the 2005 attack and Graham's abduction — and the 2009 disappearance and death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.

But the documents filed in Fairfax provide details on how authorities obtained DNA in the 2005 assault.