Virginia Tech Student’s Killer Knew Area Where Body Discovered
February 7, 2010
Morgan Harrington was at a Metallica concert with friends when they were separated from her on October 17, 2009.
After intensive searches her skeletal remains were finally found on a farm in Charlottesville by the owner of the land in late January.
While no arrests have been made or suspects been named, police are sure that the 20-year-old’s killer is quite familiar with the farmland where she was found.
“Farmland like the place where Morgan’s body was located has obstacles, difficult obstacles. It has streams, it has fences, it has defects, it has terrain that changes. That’s important, that’s a high-risk opportunity to pick that location to take Morgan Harrington unless you’re familiar with the area,” Virginia State Police Lt. Joe Rader said.
“We don’t believe those are challenges that someone unfamiliar with the area would confront. People in North Garden, people in the Anchorage Farm area, you know what goes on there. You know the history. You know who comes in and out of that vicinity. You may not realize it, but you probably have some information for us that you don’t think is important.”
The case is a strange one.
Harrington went missing from the concert sometime during the show.
Her purse was found in an overflow parking lot beside the arena where the concert was held, still holding her ID and possessions, eliminating robbery as a motive.
Someone claimed to see someone matching her description the next day at 9:30 AM walking along a bridge, but it was never confirmed. No other sightings were reported.
When her remains were finally found it became obvious that foul play had been involved, and that she had died shortly after her disappearance.
Police have not confirmed what killed her.
If you have any information pertaining to the disappearance and death of Morgan Harrington, please contact police at 434-709-1685.