Parents organizing weekend ground search for Harrington

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Morgan Harrington disappeared more than two weeks ago at a Metallica concert on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville.

Her parents are asking for volunteers to help them search for their daughter this weekend.

Morgan's family also reached out this weekend to Ed Smart. His daughter, Elizabeth, was abducted and went missing for nine months. She was found alive. Ed Smart is helping the family organize this search.

"Be strong we are trying to find you," said Gil Harrington, Morgan's mother. "To the person who has taken Morgan from us, please just let her go."

A tearful plea as the family announces a new effort to find the missing Virginia Tech student. They are holding out hope she is still alive and have even taking cues from a man who's been in their shoes before.

"Any family out there who has a missing child goes through the unspeakable becomes a member of the club that nobody wants to belong to," Smart said.

Ed Smart has connected the Harringtons with the Laura recovery center. A group that organizes community searches for missing people. Smart's told the family the road ahead is tough, but don't give up hope.

"I believed that she was still out there and that she would come home and that's what we're hoping for with Morgan," Smart said.

If you want to help the family search for Morgan there is a community meeting in Charlottesville Thursday at 7:00 at the Cavalier Inn.

A check arrived at state police headquarters today from the rock band Metallica, bringing the total reward for helping with Morgan's return to more than $150,000.

If you have any information, call the state police tips line at 434-352-3467.

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