Harringtons mark eight months since daughter's disappearance

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Morgan Harrington's parents say they'd like to take a look at surveillance video from the John Paul Jones Arena the night their daughter disappeared.

The Harringtons visited Charlottesville today to mark the eighth month since Morgan vanished. Dan and Gil Harrington say they're frustrated for several reasons. One being the case now entering its ninth month unsolved. They also say they're bothered by what they see as a lack of public safety awareness in a community with a killer on the streets.

At the Copeley Road bridge memorial, a pair of flip flops dangle beside a new banner highlighting Morgan Harrington's abduction and murder. Gil Harrington says they symbolize an upcoming beach vacation without Morgan.

"For the first time Morgan won't be with us. It's another first," said Gil Harrington.

The Harringtons say they've been told by Virginia State Police there's progress in their investigation. Still both Dan and Gil say a lack of information is frustrating.

"They want to tie this thing up so tight that when they do make an arrest there is no wiggle room," said Gil Harrington.

But the Harringtons aren't alone in seeking answers. A new petition that's garnered more than two hundred signatures demands the release of the John Paul Jones Arena security tapes from the night Morgan disappeared during a Metallica concert last October 17. The Harringtons say they would like to see any video captured of the arena hallways and exits.

"What does perplex me is how and why Morgan left the building. We don't know which exit she left the building. We don't know why she left the building, and all we do know is when she left the building there is not a single call made by Morgan or a text by Morgan," said Dan Harrington.

The Harringtons say they believe authorities haven't been on top of things when it comes to public awareness about a killer on the loose.

"You always see the UVA cops driving around. You always feel comfortable within the community. There's plenty of lights. I don't feel it's an unsafe community," Natalie Butterfield.

"This was a girl who had the ultimate harm. She was murdered. She died in terror, in pain, in blood. It wasn't pretty and we don't want that to happen to anyone else," said Gil Harrington.

I have not heard back from local police and university officials about the Harrington's public safety concerns. State police had no comment. Meanwhile, the Harringtons are trying to set up a meeting with the UVA president about their concerns.

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