Mourners leave notes at memorial for Morgan Harrington

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Investigators will return to the Albemarle farm Thursday morning where the land owner found Morgan Harrington's skeletal remains. This as Harrington's parents await word about how their daughter died and how long she'd been in a hay field.

At Anchorage Farm, not far from the Copeley Road bridge memorial, our camera got a first glimpse of the grid search by state troopers.

Meanwhile at the memorial site people have been stopping by paying respects to Harrington. By Wednesday night, candles illuminated a growing memorial honoring Harrington.

Just before sundown, more than two dozen state troopers walked the farm. Police are trying to get work done ahead of an impending snow storm. Police say they're behind the ball with evidence exposed to the elements.

Outside the farm off Route 29, a single white rose. A subtle reminder for those passing by like Syndy Packard.

"Just to know she was laying in that field for so long, I just don't know how any sane person could do this," said Packard.

Packard left a note for the Harringtons at the bridge memorial where only hours earlier Dan, Gil, and Alex Harrington met with reporters.

"For whatever reason, Morgan and this story has touched a lot of people," said Dan Harrington.

"I pray that there will be justice and they will find whoever did this to her," said Packard.

"I'm wondering if it was planned, or spur of the moment. I don't know how it happened, but it will be interesting to find out who did it," said Kira Mayo, a UVA medical student.

Mayo is also hopeful Harrington's killer is caught soon. The bridge where Harrington was last seen alive is Mayo's route home.

"There's always going to be something in the back of my mind," said Mayo.

Since Tuesday's announcement about the grim discovery, state police say they've received several leads but encourage people to still call their tip line at 434-352-3467.

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