RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia student is in custody in Texas.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo says Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was arrested Wednesday on a beach in the community of Gilchrist in Galveston County, Texas. Court records show Matthew is being held in the Galveston County Jail while he awaits extradition to Virginia.

Matthew has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore who went missing Sept. 13 in Charlottesville.

Police believe the 32-year-old Matthew was the last person seen with Graham. Authorities obtained a felony warrant for his arrest late Tuesday. It's not clear if the longtime area resident knew Graham.

Longo says police are still searching for Graham.

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