Two investigations involving Virginia Tech Students

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
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BLACKSBURG, VA. (WWBT) - Students on the tech campus are leaving messages for missing Morgan Harrington. Her picture now looks out across Tech's iconic drill field. Her friends are trying to remain hopeful she'll return to this campus.

"It's tough. We're missing one of our family members is what we like to say at Virginia Tech," said Brandon Carroll, VT student.

The university has put her picture on its homepage, hoping someone will call police with new information.

"We feel for them. We feel for the families their roommates their classmates, (and) their teachers. No campus should go through these kinds of events and activities," said Mark Owczarski, university spokesperson.

And Virginia Tech has seen more than its share of tragedy, in the last few years; specifically, in the last few months.

Tech sophomores Heidi Childs and David Metzler were found brutally murdered at a popular campground in the Jefferson National Forest just a few miles from the tech campus.

"They lived at the foot cross. They had bright futures ahead of them," said Montgomery's County Sheriff Tommy Whitt.

Heidi and David were found shot to death on the morning of August 27th. She was left outside the vehicle. His body was still in the car. Whitt has made this case a top priority.

"We need help we need tips. We feel like someone has seen something," said Whitt.

He has created a task force and given the investigators a dedicated office in the Montgomery County Government Center.

The office is described as a sort of war room with the evidence from the case laid out on the tables. And investigators from 6 different departments meet every morning to go over this case again and again; they're the only ones with keys to the office.

"The families are grieving. I can't feel their grief because it was their children, but I do grieve for them," said Whitt.

Rewards for information are being offered in both cases. Both these investigations have been a blow to the Virginia Tech community.

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