Virginia detectives to revisit 2003 disappearances

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Authorities in Newport News are looking into Jesse Matthew’s time on the Virginia Peninsula and the disappearances of two women in Hampton Roads.

Police say they have already connected Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. to the Hannah Graham and the Morgan Harrington cases. Now they’re looking at whether or not he is connected to the murder of Cassandra Morton in Campbell County, Va. five years ago.

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In the meantime, local police are revisiting the cases of two Newport News women who went missing during the time period Matthew was attending Christopher Newport University.

“While there are no indications that Jesse Matthew is connected to these two cases, both will be reviewed,” NNPD spokesman Lou Thurston said.

Christopher Newport University administrators said Matthew attended the school from January 2003 through October 15, 2003. He was also briefly on the university’s football team.

“Students don’t usually leave in the second month of the semester or leave the football team within a month. However, federal student record privacy laws (FERPA) limit the information we can provide. The university is fully cooperating with law-enforcement agencies,” the university said in a statement last week.

Autumn Wind Day, 24, was last seen on July 24, 2003 at a Food Lion in the 10000 block of Warwick Boulevard. The next day her car was found abandoned in the grocery store’s parking lot, which is two miles from CNU.

Sophie May Rivera, 31, was last seen September 7, 2003 at her home in the 800 block of 31st Street, seven miles from CNU. She disappeared, leaving behind her children.

You can count on 10 On Your Side to follow any developments in these two cases, if detectives find anything new.

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