Sketch generates more than 50 tips in Morgan Harrington case

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This will be a working holiday weekend for state police investigators after a sketch sparks a flood of new tips in the Morgan Harrington case.

That composite sketch was released just 24 hours ago, but it's already generated more than 50 tips. Investigators are combing through dozens of new leads in the abduction and murder of Harrington.

NBC12 broke the news to Morgan's mother Friday night about the number of tips sparked by this sketch alone. Police say leads are still coming in. This was Gil Harrington's first reaction to the new tips in her daughter's brutal death last fall.

"I'm glad to hear it's shaking something loose out of the tree. That's great," said Gil Harrington.

Calls and emails have poured in from Fairfax to Charlottesville and well beyond Virginia's borders ever since the sketch made headlines again and went national.

"It pretty much runs the gamut people who think they may know, the person people who are adamant they know this person, which is great," said Virginia State Police spokeswoman, Corrine Geller.

State police released the drawing Thursday after revealing the man, wanted for a Fairfax City abduction and sexual assault, is linked through forensic evidence to Harrington's abduction and murder. Investigators spent Friday vetting and prioritizing the leads.

"Hopefully, in the end, that tip is among those fifty we've received so far, or continue to receive over the holiday weekend, we will bring not only the Morgan Harrington case to a resolution but also the 2005 abduction and assault," said Geller.

Harrington says she's now wondering how many more women have fallen victim to this mystery man.

"Perhaps this amount of media attention will give someone who might be sitting on the sidelines the courage to come forward. I'd be surprised if that weren't the case," said Harrington.

If you recognize this person or see some kind of resemblance -- don't hesitate to call state police at 434-352-3467.

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