Parents of murdered VT student launch national campaign

Morgan Harrington. Source:
Morgan Harrington. Source:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - It was two years ago, Virginia tech student Morgan Harrington was taken from outside a Metallica concert in Charlottesville. Her body was discovered more than three months later. Her killer has never been caught.

The Copeley Road Bridge in Charlottesville is the last place Morgan Harrington was seen alive. It has become the meeting place for her parents to get their message out; their daughter's killer is still out there. They don't want to see what happened to Morgan happen to anyone else.

The night Morgan Harrington disappeared she was wearing a silver bracelet. Months later it was found on her corpse. Her mother Gil now wears it on her arm.

"I saw this with her little, black, kind of mummified arm inside." she said. "I like having it a lot. It means a lot to me."

Gil and Dan Harrington say the little things now mean the most. A song on the radio or a meaningful glass in the cupboard can trigger memories of Morgan.

"We will leave no stone unturned. That's what you do when you're looking for the filth and slime that festers in the dark," Gil Harrington's words for her daughters killer. He's still out there - still free.

"We have found no justice. Morgan has found no justice. We await justice," said Dan Harrington.

20-year-old Morgan Harrington was last seen alive two years ago Monday. She got separated from her friends at a Metallica concert and locked outside the John Paul Jones Arena.

Her purse was found in a field near the Copeley Bridge. Her bones were discovered 101 days later in a hayfield on Anchorage Farms off Route 29.  It's a very remote and secluded area police have long said could be a key to solving this case.

A DNA match links Morgan's murder to a man in a sketch created from the memory of a 2005 rape victim in Fairfax County.

"We are angry. We are going to fight like hell and we are going to find you," said Gil.

Police and the Harrington are asking you to think back two years. Maybe you knew someone matching the image.

"Perhaps this person may have had an injury over that weekend. I can tell you Morgan did not go down with out a fight," said Dan.

There is a $150,000 dollar reward being offered in this case. If you have any information on the night Morgan disappeared or on this police sketch, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

The Harringtons also launched a new national campaign called "Help Save the Next Girl" there's a web site with details on Morgan's case. But there are also links to missing person's databases. The Harrington's hope this web site will help other families who find themselves in similar situations.

"When you are faced with the immediate crisis of a missing person, it's hard to wade through the trauma and emotion to formulate a plan of action," said Gil Harrington.

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