Remains believed to be missing student

Anchorage Farm
Anchorage Farm
Morgan Harrington
Morgan Harrington

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Police believe remains found Tuesday morning in Albemarle County are those of missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.

The remains were located Tuesday morning on Anchorage Farm, a 750 acre farm off Route 29 in Albemarle county. Click here for a map of the location.

Police say items recovered with the remains lead them to believe it is her. Though they are waiting for a positive ID and cause of death from the medical examiner in Richmond.

The 20-year-old Roanoke woman became separated from friends after she left a concert arena and was denied re-entry.

"Now we begin the work to determine how she came to be in this remote location, what they time of death was. We'll be able to hopefully identify who was responsible being where she was found," said Virginia State Police Col. Steven Flaherty.

Morgan Harrington, you'll remember disappeared more than 3 months ago from a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena. Police say she had been drinking, got separated from her friends and somehow ended up outside the arena. Investigator believe she may have tried to hitch a ride and was last scene on the Copeley Road Bridge in Charlottesville.

Her remains were found about 6 miles away.

State police are wrapping up their work at the crime scene tonight. They'll cordon off the area and watch it over night and then be back out there at daybreak.

The Harringtons are said to be devastated and dealing with this latest blow the best they can.

They NBC12 earlier today, they were hoping she would come home alive, but at least now they wont' have wonder for the rest of there lives.

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