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New York Doctor Being Tested for Ebola; New Video of Ottawa Gunman; New Warrant for UVA Kidnapping Suspect; Debate in Crucial Senate Race
Aired October 23, 2014 - 17:00 ET
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WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Happening now, breaking news. New Ebola scare. A New York City doctor just back from West Africa is taken to a hospital for testing and isolation after developing symptoms. An official says he had been out in the public in New York City.
New gunman video, stunning new images of the Ottawa shooter racing toward Canada's Parliament. We're also getting new information on the gunman's background and connections to jihadists.
Plus, a new warrant for the suspect in the Hannah Graham case, a new video from inside the home where he was living before his arrest.
I'm Wolf Blitzer. You're in THE SITUATION ROOM.
ANNOUNCER: This is CNN breaking news.
BLITZER: We begin with the breaking news. A New York City doctor who recently returned from treating patients in West Africa has now been taken to a Manhattan hospital for isolation and testing for the Ebola virus after developing symptoms.
This is recent video of that Bellevue isolation ward. That's the Bellevue hospital. Efforts are now under way to trace any contacts the doctor may have had in recent days in New York City.
And we're getting shocking new video of the gunman storming Canada's Parliament, and new details are coming into THE SITUATION ROOM on the shooter's background.
Our correspondents, our analysts, our newsmakers, they're all standing by with full coverage. Let's go straight to CNN's Poppy Harlow. She's at New York's Bellevue hospital -- Poppy.
POPPY HARLOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Wolf. We're standing outside the Bellevue Hospital, the hospital that New York City has designated for any situation like this where there may -- may be a possible case of Ebola.
What we know at this hour, the doctor that is being treated here, tested here is a 33-year-old who lived in Manhattan. He was just in Guinea treating Ebola patients. We also know he returned to New York about ten days ago. Last night, early this morning, he started exhibiting symptoms including nausea, fatigue and a very high fever.
He is a doctor here at Columbia Presbyterian hospital. He was working in West Africa with Doctors Without Borders. Immediately when he began feeling these symptoms, he called the New York City Fire Department. They responded to his apartment. They sealed off his apartment, took him in an ambulance with all the hazmat suits and precautions here to Bellevue Hospital.
The images we've been showing you are images from just two weeks ago when Bellevue was displaying their preparedness for a case like this. So this is a hospital that is ready.
One of the big concerns here, though, is that he has been back in the United States for ten days and he did not display symptoms until now. So he has been checking in, we're told, by Doctors Without Borders, Wolf, regularly as he is supposed to, monitoring his health. But he has not been in isolation, which means that he's been in contact with others.
BLITZER: Poppy Harlow outside of Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, we'll get back to you.
But right now, I want to go right to the White House. President Obama's homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, who's joining us.
Lisa, thanks very much for joining us. Has the president been briefed on this possible -- let me repeat the word "possible" -- Ebola patient in New York City?
LISA MONACO, NATIONAL HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISOR: Well, Wolf, the president's monitoring the events today as he has been focused on our response to the Ebola virus consistently. And so he's being kept apprised of the developments.
BLITZER: And so what can you tell us? What do you know right now? We know this is one of your portfolios. Ron Klain, the so- called Ebola coordinator or czar, we know he reports to you and Susan Rice, the national security adviser. What can you tell us about what's going on with this Doctors Without Borders physician who's now in the hospital, Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan?
MONACO: Well, Wolf, as you said, he's being evaluated. Bellevue is a premier hospital designated by, I believe, Mayor de Blasio to -- to address these types of cases.
Ron Klain has been in touch with city officials. But right now, this is an individual who's being evaluated, consistent with the protocols that have been put in place. And we'll learn more over the coming day.
But the right steps are being taken in order to evaluate him. Doing so at a flagship hospital that's been trained, that's been evaluated, that's capable of handling these issues.
And this is consistent with the increased screening measures that we've put in place and the increased steps that the CDC announced yesterday, which will now be working with state and local public health authorities to actively monitor travelers who come back from West Africa and who are themselves taking their temperature, making sure, monitoring their symptoms. And when and if they do experience difficulty, getting themselves to a hospital to be evaluated, as this individual is.
BLITZER: Do you know, Lisa, if this physician at Bellevue Hospital has already received a test -- an Ebola test to see if, in fact, he is positive for Ebola?
MONACO: Wolf, my understanding -- and this is developing now. But my understanding is he's being evaluated. And the clinicians who are working with him will make the determination about how to further evaluate and handle his care.
BLITZER: Lisa, I want you to stand by for one second. Our correspondent outside of Bellevue hospital, Poppy Harlow, is getting some new information from officials there. I want to discuss it with you. But let's listen to what she has -- Poppy.
HARLOW: Wolf, what we can tell you is that the CDC is now saying that they are. At this moment, they have CDC officials packing up in Atlanta, ready to make the trip here to New York as soon as possible to be here at Bellevue and help and assist in any way they can.
We also know that a specimen of this doctor's blood will be -- is on its way from New York City to Atlanta. They can do the Ebola testing here in New York. I want to make that clear. They're also going to do it at the CDC.
Also important to note how -- how seriously officials here in New York are taking this. They say, according to law enforcement sources, because this doctor was as recently as last night out in public -- he took an Uber Cab from Manhattan to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to a bowling alley. We also know they're looking at possibly quarantining his girlfriend because, of course, he has spent time with her since he has returned.
So, again, the CDC coming up here to New York to urgently address this. But again, I want to stress the New York City Department of Health has said the -- this is still only a possible case, that these symptoms could also be symptoms of malaria, salmonella or a very severe stomach flu and that the likelihood of any New Yorker contracting Ebola is very, very slim. We do not want to alarm people at this hour. We simply do not have the test results. We'll have them in the next 12 hours.
BLITZER: The next 12 hours. All right. Thanks very much, Poppy, for that.
I want to go back to the White House, Lisa Monaco, President Obama's homeland security assistant, is still with us.
So this special team from the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they're going to be going to New York. There was also this option of having the Pentagon. There's a military strike force, if you want to call it, they're getting -- presumably getting ready to do these kinds of things.
Do you anticipate, Lisa, that folks this doctor was in contact with, whether at the bowling alley in Brooklyn last night or in this Uber Cab or others, they're going to be quarantined?
MONACO: So Wolf, I think your correspondent in New York, I think, provided the exact, appropriate caution and care with her comments. This is right now -- the state and local public health authorities are clearly stating it's a potential case. All the appropriate steps are being taken, consistent with the increased measures that were announced over the last few weeks.
The deployment of a CDC team to be on the ground to assist state and local authorities, the evaluation of this individual at the hospital, Bellevue, which has been designated by Mayor de Blasio, with whom I met recently and who I know is taking these issues and these preparations quite seriously. And as you say, the local testing will be done, and then confirmatory testing can be done by the CDC. And those steps are all being taken, as your correspondent, I think, rightly noted.
BLITZER: Let's hope that this physician does not have Ebola. But we should know in a few hours. The initial test in New York, presumably, and then the second definitive test at the CDC in Atlanta.
Lisa Monaco, in addition to being the president's homeland security adviser, you're also his adviser on counterterrorism. I want you to stand by. We have a lot of questions about what happened in Canada yesterday, indeed this week; the lessons for the United States. Stay with us. Much more of the breaking news right after this.
BLITZER: We're following two breaking stories. A New York City doctor who recently returned from treating patients in West Africa has now been taken to a Manhattan hospital for isolation and testing for the Ebola virus after developing symptoms.
We're also getting new information, stunning new video of Wednesday's attack on the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. President Obama's homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, she's standing by to answer questions on what's going on, the lessons learned for the United States from Canada.
But first, let's get the latest developments from our justice correspondent, Pamela Brown. What are you learning, Pamela?
PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, tonight, we've learned the gunman had been in contact with other jihadists. The clearest indication yet that attacking Canada's capital may have been inspired by Islamic extremist principles.
This as we're seeing dramatic new video showing what unfolded in the moments after the gunman ran from the National War Memorial.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) BROWN (voice-over): New surveillance video showing Michael
Zehaf-Bibeau dashing from the National War Memorial just moments after he shot and killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Then he jumps into a car and drives around the corner to the Parliament building, with Canadian police on his tail. The video shows Bibeau as he gets out of the moving car, rifle in hand, and enters the Parliament building.
BOB PAULSON, RCMP COMMISSIONER: I can tell you that, as he gets to the door of the center block, there's an exchange of gunfire with the House of Commons security officers. Our officers back up slightly as that shooting takes place and then pursue him inside.
BROWN: Now we're learning more about the man believed to be behind the terror on Parliament Hill.
PAULSON: I can tell you that we do have now information that suggests an association with some individuals who may have shared his radical views.
BROWN: Sources tell CNN Bibeau had connections online to other Islamic extremists living in Canada. One of them, this Canadian man who officials say traveled overseas to fight alongside terrorists in Syria.
DAVEED GARTENSTEIN-ROSS, FOUNDATION FOR THE DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACIES: Clearly, there's a concern that this could occur again, that someone else will try another attack, especially when there have been two so close together. Someone could easily make a calculation that another attack could really cripple Canada psychologically.
BROWN: And now the FBI is searching databases and communications for links between Bibeau and jihadists living in the U.S. after learning he's visited the United States several times.
GARTENSTEIN-ROSS: Canadians travel to the United States all the time. And the fact that he was here doesn't necessarily mean that he was planning something nefarious. We need to know what the time frame is as to when he was in the United States.
BROWN: CNN has learned the 32-year-old Canadian-born gunman had a history of drug problems and eventually converted to Islam. Canadian authorities apparently had him on their radar and put his passport on hold after learning he wanted to travel to the Middle East to fight.
Tonight, Canadian investigators are piecing together how Bibeau is able to enter the Parliament building and open fire, injuring three inside.
BROWN: Canadian officials have ended their search for more gunmen, though security is increased in Ottawa tonight. The concern is that there could be more copycat attacks -- Wolf.
BLITZER: All right. Pamela, thanks very much. Let's bring back Lisa Monaco, President Obama's homeland security
adviser, also adviser on counterterrorism.
So what can you tell us about this shooter, now dead, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau? Was he, in fact, what they call a lone wolf, or did he have significant links to other jihadists?
MONACO: Well, Wolf, first, let me say that our hearts go out to the people of Canada and to the victims of this senseless act of terror that we saw unfold yesterday in Canada.
President Obama spoke with Prime Minister Harper yesterday to extend our concern and to offer any assistance we can possibly provide to our partners in Canada.
The Canadian authorities are investigating this quite aggressively. We have offered our assistance. We are working -- members of our intelligence community, our law-enforcement community, are working, as we do constantly, with our Canadian partners against the terrorist threat and have offered our assistance in this investigation. I'll let the Canadian authorities speak to the specifics of this case.
But what it does show is that we have to remain vigilant. And it also shows that the problem of foreign fighters, one that the president led an unprecedented meeting of the U.N. Security Council last month to address that problem, is one that is very much front and center in our minds.
And those of us who are working on counterterrorism issues 24 hours a day are very, very focused on it and the threat posed by those who travel from North America to Iraq and to Syria and other places to get training that potentially pose a threat here to the homeland.
BLITZER: Is it fair to say that the U.S. military, other installations now have gone on a little higher state of alert because of what has happened in Canada, not only yesterday but Monday when another radicalized Canadian, a convert to Islam, went ahead and ran over two soldiers, killing one of them?
MONACO: Well, Wolf, what both of those attacks show is we have got to be constantly vigilant. Certainly, those attacks coming as they did against -- in the case of yesterday, the Parliament building, the government building, and as initial indications seem to suggest, the prior attack focused on potentially Canadian armed forces individuals.
We've always got to be focused on the threat posed to our personnel in uniform and those who are serving us so selflessly. And we, of course, are very focused on the threat posed to our service members overseas; and our intelligence community and law enforcement community is working day and night to address those threats.
BLITZER: The former counterterrorism adviser, Matt Olsen, just gave an interview to our Jim Sciutto, our chief national security correspondent, and he said there's still what he called an imminent threat from the terrorist group Khorasan to the United States. Imminent threat, those are Olsen's words. What can you tell us about that?
MONACO: Well, Wolf, we are very focused on the threat posed from extremists in Syria and from al Qaeda veterans who have traveled to Syria to plot against the homeland.
And that's why you saw the president take decisive action to conduct strikes against those individuals who pose a threat to us. And that's why the president has ordered the continuing military actions that are ongoing in Iraq and Syria against ISIL.
He is determined, as he's said, to ensure that there is no safe haven for those who would plot against the United States and its allies and no safe haven for those who would seek to do us harm.
So the Khorasan group, al Qaeda veterans in Syria and other extremists who pose a threat to us will continue to feel the long arm of American justice.
BLITZER: Who poses the greatest threat to the U.S. homeland? Would it be ISIS, Khorasan, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or those so-called lone-wolf terrorists, inspired perhaps by these various terrorist organizations but acting more or less on their own?
MONACO: Wolf, we are focused on every single one of those groups and every single one of those threats that are posed to the United States.
With respect to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, they are a persistent and focused and determined enemy. As we have seen, they've mounted numerous plots that our intelligence community and others have thwarted in many respects. So we remain very focused on the threat that they pose, particularly the threat they pose to aviation security.
With respect to the Khorasan group, as you've -- as you've noted, they...
BLITZER: Go ahead.
MONACO: ... they pose a very significant threat, an imminent threat in terms of their external plotting. And ISIL, given the attraction it has -- it has posed for foreign fighters, they pose, if left unchecked, a significant threat to the homeland.
BLITZER: Just to clarify what you mean that Khorasan represents an imminent threat?
MONACO: Well, it was because of the imminent threat that their plotting posed that the president ordered the strikes he did last month. And I think it's something that we've talked about.
We continue to be very focused on plotting going on in Syria by al Qaeda veterans, and we continue to be concerned about that. And we'll take the steps necessary to address that threat. BLITZER: And that the U.S. is going to continue those
airstrikes, whether in Iraq, Syria, drone strikes in Yemen or Somalia or Pakistan. Anyplace you suspect there are terrorists plotting against the United States, the president is committed to continue that strategy. Is that right?
MONACO: The president has been very clear. Terrorists who plot against this country, the United States, will not have a safe haven. And where there is a threat against our personnel and where there is a threat against the United States, he will take action decisively to address it.
BLITZER: And do you feel those airstrikes are making a difference?
MONACO: I think what we've seen, Wolf, is an impact on ISIL. We're continuing to work with the Iraqi security forces and with a coalition of over 60 countries in a whole of government and in a comprehensive strategy against ISIL to ensure that we roll it back and that it does not have a safe haven.
BLITZER: Lisa Monaco is the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. Thanks very much for answering our questions. Thanks very much for joining us.
MONACO: Thanks, Wolf.
BLITZER: We're going to take a quick break. We're standing by. The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, the police chief in New York City, Bill Bratton, they're speaking. And we're going to be getting some information, we assume, on what's going on in New York City right now, namely that Ebola threat.
There's a possibility -- it's just a possibility right now that a physician with Doctors Without Borders who's back in New York City for about ten days. All of a sudden he's showing some symptoms, elevated fever, if you will, some other symptoms; has just been taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. We're going to see what the mayor of New York City -- there's Bill Bratton, the police chief of New York, what they have to say when we come back.
ANNOUNCER: This is CNN breaking news.
BLITZER: The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, is now speaking about this patient, a physician just back from West Africa who's now at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, possibly, possibly with Ebola. Let's listen in.
BILL DE BLASIO, MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY: The assessment process is under way. So I want to commend the FDNY and EMS. I want to commend the health department and obviously everyone at Bellevue and HHC, because their weeks and weeks of preparation have paid off, and a very seamless operation was undertaken today. The important thing to remember here is until we have full
information, we can't draw conclusions. So we want to be careful not to make assumptions until all the testing is done.
I also want to emphasize in the midst of what is obviously a crisis that causes deep concern, we've seen some important evidence in the last week of the capacity of modern medicine to address this crisis. Thank God the nurses who have been touched by this crisis here in the United States and in Spain are all getting better. In fact, the nurse in Spain has been declared absolutely safe at this point.
We have seen time and again that when a case is caught early, that a great deal can be done to resolve it. And certainly we do know for sure that if this turns out to be a case, that this was caught very early. So we are hopeful regardless of the next steps for a hopeful -- for a good outcome for this individual.
But very important for the public to know that every protocol has been followed and our emergency personnel, our health care personnel, have responded admirably in this situation. Again, at some point this evening, possibly very late in the evening we will be able to tell you more about the patient's status.
We'll take a few questions. Just a few. Yes?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Mayor, can you say how long the patient has exhibited these symptoms and people he has had contact with that officials are now trying to reach?
DE BLASIO: Again, I'm going to be broad because we're still piecing together all the facts. But I think we can safely say it's been a very brief period of time that the patient has had symptoms. And obviously the fact that the patient is a medical doctor makes this a particular situation where he was quite aware to quickly get in contact with the authorities upon feeling that there was a problem.
Our understanding is very few people were in direct contact with him. We use a phrase, medical detectives, it's trained health care professionals who are able to reconstruct with the patient and people close to the patient anyone he may have come in serious contact with because as we know, Ebola is not an airborne disease. Ebola is a disease that can only be passed by very substantial and intimate contact.
So that process is under way. But the patient is in good shape and has gone into a great deal -- a great deal of detail with our personnel as to his actions in the last few days. So we have a lot to work with.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One more question.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Have you -- is there a process under way to communicate with any of the folks that he has come in contact with?
DE BLASIO: Yes, absolutely. And again, I spoke to our health commissioner, Dr. Mary Bassett, earlier, a very thorough process is underway, that's been drilled now for weeks and is now being implemented. And again, we have a patient in this case who's been very communicative, very precise, and who has only been back a very short time and is quite clear about the individuals he had any substantial contact with. So that work is going on right now.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you very much --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Sir, are there any --
DE BLASIO: We'll just finish it.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: -- quarantines that are in place for any of those individuals --
DE BLASIO: That's being worked through right now as everyone's being located and communicated with and details are being determined. There will be a decision on whether a specific quarantine is needed. And again, we'll have a lot more to say later on this evening.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thanks, folks. Thank you, Commissioner.
DE BLASIO: Thank you.
WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: All right. So there he is, the mayor of New York City, Bill De Blasio, speaking about this physician who's now at Bellevue Hospital in New York, just back from West Africa, in Guinea, I believe. He's with Doctors Without Borders, was treating Ebola patients there in West Africa.
Came back to New York City, we're told, about 10 days or so ago and all of a sudden within the past day or so, he started developing some symptoms, a higher elevated temperature, fever, other symptoms. Has now been taken to Bellevue Hospital.
The mayor saying we should know in the next few hours whether or not he does test positive for Ebola, maybe by late this evening, the mayor says, we should know. The CDC getting ready to be involved in all of this as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Let's go to Bellevue Hospital right now. Our Poppy Harlow is right outside the hospital.
I take it, Poppy, you've now learned the name of this physician?
POPPY HARLOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Wolf. CNN has learned the name of this patient. It is a 33-year-old doctor named Craig Spencer. Again, Dr. Craig Spencer, a doctor here in Manhattan, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, who was spending time in Guinea working to help Ebola patients and treat them there. He returned to the United States, as you said, about 10 days ago.
Some other new information we've gotten in. He did start to feel, quote, "sluggish" a few days ago but did not develop that high fever of 103 degrees until early this morning, that is when he immediately called the FDNY and we're told from officials followed all protocol.
I think it's very important to highlight what we just heard from New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio. He said, quote, "Very few people were in direct contact with him, the patient, that is important."
We also have learned in the last half hour that officials here have placed his girlfriend in isolation because that is someone he would have been in direct contact with.
Also the mayor saying in that press conference that the patient is in, quote, "good shape." That is encouraging. He also emphasized that he is a medical professional, so he has been very communicative about this to all of the doctors here and the first responders. This is someone who knows this disease very, very well. And, again, we should have more knowledge of whether or not this is a positive test for Ebola or not in the next few hours.
But again, 33-year-old Dr. Craig Spencer, spent time in Guinea. Came back here to New York about 10 days ago, being isolated here behind me at Bellevue Hospital in their isolation unit. This is the hospital New York City has designated to handle a situation like this. And they say they are fully prepared and equipped to do just that -- Wolf.
BLITZER: So even though he's a physician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, he was taken to Bellevue Hospital, which has now been designated as the place to go if in fact there's some suspicion, some fear that a patient may, in fact, have contracted Ebola.
But one quick thing, Poppy. You told us earlier, last night he went bowling in Brooklyn, took an Uber taxi there, is that right?
HARLOW: Yes. I mean, that's right. That's why the officials here in New York are taking this so seriously. Law enforcement sources telling us at CNN they have learned that he did take an Uber cab, like a taxi, from somewhere, wherever he was, to a bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Now, of course, that just heightens alert because he was out in direct contact with people. He wasn't self-quarantined. But I do want to highlight the fact that the Doctors Without Borders organization just came out with a statement and they said that he followed all the protocols.
When someone returns from West Africa, as you know, they don't have to self-isolate. They can but they don't have to. And remember this disease, you cannot contract it from someone else until they are symptomatic, showing symptoms. So yes, he felt sluggish for a few days but he did not have that high fever until this morning. But because he was out and about here in New York City, they're keeping a very close eye on him.
BLITZER: As they should, Poppy. All right. We'll get back to you, Poppy Harlow is outside
Bellevue Hospital in New York. We're going to have much more on the breaking news in New York City.
Also, a new warrant for the main suspect accused of kidnapping the University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Stay with us.
BLITZER: We're certainly watching the breaking news of a possible, repeat possible, Ebola case in New York City. We're also watching the newly released video of the Canada shooting attack.
There's other news we're following as well, including some important new developments in the disappearance of the University of Virginia student Hannah Graham including a new warrant for the main suspect, Jesse Matthew.
We also have new video inside the home where Matthew was living before his arrest.
CNN's Brian Todd is in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has more on what we know.
What's the latest, Brian?
BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Wolf, tonight you've got at least two jurisdictions who want a piece of Jesse Matthew. A judge in Fairfax County, Virginia, has issued a bench warrant for Matthew to be transferred there to face charges in the 2005 sexual assault case.
And tonight as investigators comb through two high-profile disappearances that he's linked to, we got access to his old apartment.
TODD (voice-over): A dank, dark apartment on the ground floor, the home Jesse Matthew left behind the night he and Hannah Graham allegedly crossed paths. After investigators combed through this place, we got access inside.
A new tenant now lives here. The only things Matthew may have left behind, a paint-smudged black footrest and a rolled-up exercise mat.
This is three miles away from downtown Charlottesville, where Matthew and Hannah Graham were spotted the night she disappeared. Late that Friday night, September 12th, Graham is seen at the Grand Marc Apartments in Charlottesville, then at just before midnight at the Camden Plaza Apartments about a block away.
Graham covers a lot of ground on foot that night. Less than an hour after being seen at the apartments, Graham is captured on surveillance video walking up to McGrady's Irish Pub about three quarters of a mile away. She's turned away at the door. She's seen on surveillance running past a gas station 10 minutes later.
Just after 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, 13th, Graham spotted on the outdoor mall in downtown Charlottesville. At 1:06 a.m. walking past Sal's Cafe Italia. Two minutes later, walking past Tool's Jewelers. 1:20 a.m., she texts friends to say she's lost. 2:00 a.m., Graham seen outside the Tempo restaurant on the mall with Jesse Matthew walking behind her.
That's the last public sighting of Hannah Graham.
Tonight, investigators are now looking at possible ties between the Graham case and that of Morgan Harrington, another college student who went missing in Charlottesville under similar circumstances, and was later found death.
PROF. BRANDON GARRETT, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA: Both of these are cases involving young women, vulnerable women on their own, no witnesses. And maybe women who were made more vulnerable because it was late, they were tired, maybe alcohol.
TODD: October 17th, 2009, Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student, is visiting UVA and attends a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena. At 8:10 p.m. she leaves the arena and can't get back in. Between 8:20 and 9:20 p.m., police say witnesses saw her walking around various parking lots adjacent to the arena. She appears loud and intoxicated.
At 8:48 p.m., a friend who's inside the arena calls Harrington. Harrington says she'll try to get a ride from friends around Charlottesville. Witnesses tell police she tries to hail a cab. Between 9:20 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., she takes a final turn, walking onto the Copely Road Bridge leading away from the arena. That's where Morgan Harrington is seen for the final time.
Harrington's remains are discovered more than three months later here, at the Anchorage Farm 7.8 miles away. The remains are found near a creekbed.
TODD: One final horrifying potential similarity in the Harrington and Graham cases, if the remains in recent days, found in recent days are those of Hannah Graham's, it means both women's bodies were taken to remote areas, left out in the open, unburied, vulnerable to the elements -- Wolf.
BLITZER: Brian Todd in Charlottesville for us, thanks very much.
Let's get a little bit more now on these late-breaking developments. I'm joined by CNN law enforcement analyst, the former FBI assistant director Tom Fuentes, along with investigative journalist Coy Barefoot. He's been on top of this story from the very beginning, joining us from Charlottesville.
Coy, just today a bench warrant was signed -- we just heard from Brian -- to start the process, trying to bring Jesse Matthew back to Fairfax County, that's right outside of Washington, D.C. in northern Virginia. To face charges against him for that 2005 rape he's been accused of. What
are you hearing about how all this might go down?
COY BAREFOOT, INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST: So for those who don't know, a bench warrant is basically a judge telling law enforcement, I authorize you, indeed I command you, to go arrest someone and bring him or her to my court. And so Fairfax deputies have been authorized to bring Jesse Matthew to Fairfax for an arraignment in the charges of three felony charges stemming from that September 24th, 2005, rape and attempted murder.
Now what I have learned today from law enforcement here in Charlottesville is that we're still not quite sure if Jesse Matthew will actually go to Fairfax for that -- arraignment, excuse me, or if he will go through what's called video court, a video conferencing court here in the Charlottesville jail.
And I've been told that it may not be likely that he will be transported to Fairfax because they do those video courts all the time. And given the high-profile nature of this case and this suspect, he's not likely to be moved unless there's a big reason to do so. He would be moved for the trial, of course. But doesn't necessarily have to be moved for the arraignment in Fairfax. Wolf?
BLITZER: Yes, Tom, that sort of makes sense, right, because transporting Matthew to Fairfax County from Charlottesville, that could delay or hold up this entire process, I assume?
TOM FUENTES, CNN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: No, Coy is right. They can do all of this part by video, the arraignment aspect of it. If they decide that the prosecution in Fairfax will precede any other prosecution such as the one in Charlottesville for the abduction of Hannah Graham, then at that time they'll transport him to Fairfax.
BLITZER: Coy, you know, the Nelson County investigators, a different county, they're planning to start their own search for another missing Virginia woman, Alexis Murphy, next month. You're learning more about DNA testing potentially that could connect Matthew to this case as well. What's going on?
BAREFOOT: That's right. There is a long list of young women who have gone missing here in central Virginia over the last few years. And Alexis Murphy is one of them. Alexis Murphy was a 17-year-old high school student. She was last seen August 3rd, 2013, at the Liberty Gas Station in Lovingston, Virginia.
And Wolf, that's only about 30 miles south of Charlottesville. They never found Alexis' body. She is believed to have been murdered. But they did find pieces of her. They found her blood, they found her phone. They found pieces of her in a camper of Randy Allen Taylor who was convicted of her murder.
BLITZER: We'll see if there's any connection here as well. I know that there are a lot of suspicions going on over there. Coy, thanks very much.
Tom, thanks to you as well.
We're getting more information in this afternoon's breaking news here in THE SITUATION ROOM. Still ahead, the latest on a potential, potential possible Ebola case in New York City.
Plus the chilling new video that's coming into THE SITUATION ROOM of the Canadian gunman running into the parliament in Ottawa with his gun.
BLITZER: We're watching the breaking news of a possible, repeat possible, Ebola case in New York City. You're looking at live pictures outside of Bellevue Hospital in New York. A physician from Doctors Without Borders is there. They're tested to see if he contracted Ebola. Much more coming up on this story.
There's the picture of the patient right there, Craig Spencer.
I'm here, by the way, in New Hampshire. Later tonight, I'll be moderating a CNN debate that could be crucial in deciding which party wins control of the United States Senate. A new CNN Opinion Research Poll shows the race is extremely tight. Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen leads Republican Scott Brown by two points, 49-47 percent among likely voters. A statistical tie after the margin of error is included.
Our chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash is here with me.
Set the scene, Dana, for this debate because lots is at stake.
DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, you just showed it. The fact that it is neck and neck here. Just a couple of months ago Scott Brown was trailing by double digits. And really the number one reason according to sources in both parties is the president. I mean, we hear about the fact that he's a drag on a lot of the Democratic candidates, but nobody apparently is as hurt more than Jeanne Shaheen, the Democratic incumbent here, because his popularity has plummeted unbelievably.
He just won two years ago by six points, now in our new poll, it's under 30. So that's going to be the key. I'm sure you're going to hear a lot of trying to link Jeanne Shaheen to President Obama from Scott Brown tonight.
BLITZER: I'm going to get ready to moderate this debate. It will air on CNN 11:00 p.m. Eastern later tonight.
Coming up here in THE SITUATION ROOM, much more of the breaking news of an Ebola scare in New York City. A doctor recently back from West Africa, now in isolation while being tested for the deadly disease.
BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN ANCHOR: Happening now, breaking news. A possible New York Ebola threat. A doctor who has just returned from West Africa is showing symptoms and being tested, but he was out in public as recently as last night. Did he perhaps spread the virus to others? We have just learned his identity.
An attack on tape. Chilling new video of the gunman running inside the Canadian capital as disturbing new details emerge about alleged radical beliefs and extremist connections.
CNN's Anderson Cooper is in Ottawa with breaking news.
We also have Ferguson violence. Escalating clashes between protesters and police as tension grows over whether the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown will be indicted. Who was behind the investigation leaks that have outraged the Justice Department?