Still no signs of missing Virginia Tech student

By Tara Morgan - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - New details in the disappearance of a Virginia Tech student in Charlottesville. State police just wrapped up a news conference about missing 20 year old Morgan Harrington.

Late today police wrapped up the ground and air search of the arena property, and the athletic fields. Police may soon expand their efforts with search and rescue teams. At this point, police say they don't have information leading them to believe a crime was committed but are treating the case as a criminal investigation.

Police say there was no sign of struggle outside John Paul Jones Arena where Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech junior was last seen four days ago. Arena surveillance video has not been helpful in the search.

Harrington went missing Saturday night-- she traveled from Roanoke to Charlottesville for a Metallica concert. But before the show started, police say Harrington went to use the restroom and somehow made it outside the arena. Police say at about 8:30, Harrington alerted her friend she could not get back inside.

"She did call her friends when she got outside the arena and advised them because of the policy she could not get back in she would not be coming back into the arena and would find a way to get either back up with them or to get home," said Virginia State Police Lt. Joe Rader.

Police confirm Harrington was on the arena grounds up through 9:30 p.m. through witness statements. Harrington's purse with her cell phone was found in a parking area between the arena and athletic fields on Sunday morning by a passerby who turned it over to UVA police.

Police have received about 100 tips since Monday from around the country. They've established a new tip line, 434-352-3467 that is manned 24/7. Police are working to set up a reward in this case.

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