It’s been three years since authorities recovered the skeletal remains of missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, and police still need the public’s help catching her killer.
The 20-year-old Virginia Tech student disappeared on October 17, 2009 after leaving a Metallica concert on the University of Virginia’s campus in Charlottesville. Police said she was last seen hitchhiking nearby.
In January 2010, Virginia State Police recovered Harrington's remains in a field on an Albemarle County farm about 10 miles from where she was last seen.
While no suspects have been identified in the case, the FBI says DNA evidence has linked Morgan’s murder to an unsolved sexual assault in Fairfax, Virginia in 2005.
The 2005 victim was a 26-year-old woman who was attacked at night while walking home from a grocery store. The offender was scared away by a passerby, but the victim got a good look at him, enabling a Fairfax City Police artist to produce a sketch of the attacker, the FBI said.
Have you seen this man? Composite sketch of 2005 assailant
Despite the time that has passed, Morgan’s parents Dan and Gil Harrington are still on a mission to see that justice is served.
“Dearest Morgan, unfathomable that we are in the third year since your brutal murder and still no arrest has been made,” her parents wrote on a website devoted to their daughter.
“I pray so hard that this third anniversary of your murder is the last one we face without answers...There is still a murderer on the loose and I cannot give up, cannot stop trying to,” her parents added.
Anyone with information related to Harrington’s murder is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or the Virginia State Police tip line at 434-352-3467. Additional details about the case can be found at helpsavethenextgirl.com and findmorgan.com.
The Harrington family is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for their daughter’s murder. The band Metallica is offering an additional $50,000 reward bringing the total to $150,000.