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Hannah Graham's parents 'devastated by loss of beautiful daughter'

The parents of murdered teenager Hannah Graham have said they are "devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter".

In a statement John and Sue Graham thanked police, emergency workers and hundreds of volunteers who searched for Hannah, whose remains were discovered five days ago.

"Please continue to hold these families in your thoughts and prayers," they added.

Police had already charged 32-year-old Jesse Matthew Jr with her disappearance.

The Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney's Office said they would now determine what charges will be brought against him.

He is further charged in connection with the disappearance of another woman, Morgan Harrington, whose body was discovered in 2010.

Remains found in US confirmed to be UK-born student

Human remains found in rural Virginia are those of British-born missing student Hannah Graham, US police have confirmed.

The University of Virginia student, 18, had been missing since September 13. Credit: Charlottesville, Va., Police Dept.

Thousands of volunteers had searched for the University of Virginia student, who lived in Fairfax in the state, since her disappearance in September.

Her remains were found last weekend on an abandoned property near the university campus in Charlottesville.

Local man Jesse Matthew Jr., 32, has been charged in her disappearance.


Police: Body 'may be missing student Hannah Graham'

Missing University of Virginia student Hannah Elizabeth Graham is seen in an undated photo provided by the Charlottesville, Va., Police Department. Credit: Charlottesville, Va., Police Dept.

Police in the US say they have found human remains that could be those of a British-born University of Virginia student who has been missing since September 13.

The remains were found on an abandoned property in Virginia's southern Albemarle county by police.

Police chief Tim Longo said that further forensic tests would be conducted to confirm that the remains were those of Hannah Graham.

Thousands of volunteers had searched for the 18-year-old in the weeks since her disappearance.

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr, 32, has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Ms Graham.

Virginia State Police have said that the suspect's arrest provided a "forensic link" to the 2009 unsolved murder of Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old who also went missing from Charlottesville.

Police find third body after hot air balloon explosion

Search teams in Virginia, US have found the body of the third person who died when a hot air balloon struck a power line and plummeted to the ground in flames.

A third body has been discovered after a balloon hit power lines and exploded in Virginia, US Credit: APTN

The body was found during a search by about 100 people in a wooded area near the crash site, about 100 yards north of where the second body was discovered on Saturday.

Police did not say if the body found on Sunday was the pilot or one of the passengers, and are still looking for the wreckage of the balloon and basket.

One still missing after hot air balloon accident kills two

Police said two people died after a hot air balloon hit power lines and exploded in Virginia, US, but a search is ongoing for a third person who was also in the balloon's basket.

More than 100 people have joined the search on the ground for the third person, but police have not yet identified the two people who died in the incident.

A police spokeswoman said there were eyewitness reports that two people were seen tumbling from the basket after the balloon caught fire, but said it was unclear if they fell or jumped.

One body found after hot air balloon accident

Officials in the US state of Virginia say they have found one body following an accident where a hot air balloon hit power lines and burst into flames, NBC reports.

Two more people are missing presumed dead following the incident near the town of Doswell.

The balloon burst into flames after hitting power lines, officials said. Credit: APTN

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said:

"We are still looking for the other two [people] and the wreckage," she said. "Of course our goal right now is to locate the other two occupants."

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