Timeline detailing Harrington disappearance released

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Law enforcement officials held a briefing on the continuing search and investigation into the disappearance of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington this morning.

Harrington disappeared on October 17 after a concert in Charlottesville. Now investigators are telling us more about what happened that night.

State police are hoping this new timeline of when and where Harrington was last seen will jog the memory of someone at the concert or outside the John Paul Jones Arena that Saturday night.

Authorities say Harrington was last seen walking on a bridge in Charlottesville between 9:20 and 9:30 on Saturday October 17.

Witnesses say a woman matching Morgan's description was walking on the Copley Road Bridge near the Ivy Road intersection. The bridge crosses overtop of train tracks.

Her purse and cell phone were found the next morning in Lannigan Field which was being used as an over flow parking lot that night. The field is next to the bridge.

Lt. Joe Rader, Virginia State Police spoke about the timeline of events.

"Somewhere out there lies the answers. Lies the vital link of information that we need. We ask you to think about this timeline it could be off by a couple minutes. Everyone wasn't wearing a watch. But looking at all the tips of all the individuals who actually observed or interacted with someone fitting morgan harrington's description this is a fairly accurate timeline," Rader said.

Police are most interested in anyone who may have seen her outside the concert between 8:30 and 9:00. She crossed two parking lots.

Police say if you have any information -- even something that you think is trivial -- call the tip line at 434-352-3467.

We will have much more on the disappearance of Morgan Harrington in live reports starting at 5:00.

Details listed in the police press release:

Interviews with various arena staff and other people in the vicinity of the arena that night have placed a young woman matching Miss Harrington's description outside the facility from approximately 8:30 p.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m.:

8:20 - 8:30 p.m. - Miss Harrington is outside the arena near the main entrance and is attempting to re-enter the arena, but is told that arena policy requires her to have a ticket stub to do so.

8:30 - 8:48 p.m. - Witnesses recall seeing a woman fitting Miss Harrington's description outside the arena at various locations.

8:48 p.m. - Miss Harrington talks to her friends by cell phone.

8:48 - 9:00 p.m. - Additional sightings of her outside the arena are reported.

9:00 - 9:10 p.m. - Miss Harrington is seen walking through the University Hall parking lot towards Lannigan Field.

9:10 - 9:20 p.m. - Individuals report seeing Miss Harrington walking in the grassy, overflow parking lot at Lannigan Field. The lot is often used for RV parking.

9:20 - 9:30 p.m. - She is seen walking on the Copeley Road railroad bridge, between Ivy Road and the track at Lannigan Field. Investigators are asking for anyone who might have seen a young woman fitting Miss Harrington's description getting into a vehicle around this time or later to contact police. Also, anyone who might recall seeing a vehicle randomly stopped in the roadway on Copeley Road that night is asked to notify police.

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