NELSON, VA (WWBT) - The bond between two Virginia families is growing stronger in the face of their own separate tragedies. They met during an emotional gathering in Charlottesville Thursday recognizing four years since Morgan Harrington went missing from the University of Virginia. Officers later found her dead.
The mother of Alexis Murphy, who is still missing, joined the Harrington family.
Morgan Harrington's family believes it's most fitting to return to the very spot she went missing four years ago Thursday. They're keeping faith police will find her murderer and continuing to show support for another family waiting for answers.
"My dearest Morgan, you had it all. Brains, beauty," Gil Harrington said reading a letter she wrote for her daughter.
Morgan's parents continuing to grieve the loss of their daughter.
"Someone needs to come forth who knows what happened to my daughter. People don't just disappear," said Dan Harrington.
They gathered at the bridge where Morgan was last seen four years ago. Joining them was another family in pain.
"75 days is a long time without someone in your family who you are used to seeing or talking to everyday," said Angela Taylor – Alexis Murphy's aunt.
This as a new twist surfaces in the Murphy investigation. Detectives this week are calling on the help of hunters in searching for clues.
"In the past hunters have definitely stumbled across things of value….that could be anything from clothing articles that they might come across," said Det. Billy Mays.
It's a plea the Murphy family agrees with.
"We have no idea where he might have taken her or where she is right now so everybody needs to be looking," said Trina Murphy.
The suspect in Alexis' abduction prepares to head to court next week for an arraignment and the Harringtons vow to not stop fighting for answers in both cases.
"At least bring folks home and bring justice to the folks who are no longer with us," Dan Harrington added.
Morgan's memory is being kept alive through a new school just dedicated nearly a year ago in Africa in her honor. The message from the Harrington's to the Murphy family is good can somehow come out of unexplainable tragedy.
There is a $150,000 reward being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Morgan Harrington's killer.