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Search warrants reveal new details in Hannah Graham case

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2014 file photo Jesse Matthew Jr. looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Bill O'Leary, Pool, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2014 file photo Jesse Matthew Jr. looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Bill O'Leary, Pool, File) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

WVIR – ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) - Search warrants in the capital murder case against Jesse Matthew are officially public.

The documents are shedding light on new details in the investigation into the disappearance and death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Matthew is accused of abducting the 18-year-old woman from Charlottesville's Downtown Mall in September 2014 and killing her.

The warrants provide insight into what was happening in the early stages of the case: from trying to find Graham alive to the developing of the suspect now charged with her murder.

Court documents show police seized a cellphone, possible hairs, three toothbrushes, a cigar butt and other items from a search of Matthew's Hessian Hill apartment on Sept. 19.

The cigar butt is what investigators used to get Matthew's DNA.

During a second search on Sept. 22, officers tried to seize the clothes Matthew was wearing the night Graham went missing. They took two pairs of shorts and a white towel with a reddish-brown stain.

The warrants also say surveillance videos show what appears to be Matthew and Graham walking on the Downtown Mall at 1:18 a.m. by 4th Street, turning north toward Market Street.

WVIR is still digging into the 100-plus pages of new documents, which also offers insight into Graham's final communications before her phone was turned off. We will bring you further information as it becomes available.