Metallica frontman, James Hetfield has made a public service video reminding the public of the 2010 murder that took the life of a 20-year old Virginia Tech student, Morgan Harrington, who had been attending a Metallica concert when she disappeared.
“Back in 2010, our band offered $50,000 to help catch the person responsible for murdering Morgan Harrington. Since that time authorities have uncovered new evidence linking her killer to a similar assault to a woman in Virginia,” said the singer.
“Remember, any information, no matter how small you might think it is, could be that crucial piece investigators need to help solve the case,” said the heavy metal star, adding that there’s a $150,000 reward (which includes the $50,000 Metallica already pledged).”
A revised sketch of the alleged murderer from the FBI:
Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old aspiring teacher and Virginia Tech student, disappeared while attending an October 2009 concert in Charlottesville, Va. Her skeletal remains were discovered about three months later in a remote hay field about 10 miles from the concert venue.
Police have said Harrington became separated from friends after she left the concert early and was denied re-entry to the arena. She was last seen hitchhiking that night. Her T-shirt was found outside an apartment building near the Charlottesville auditorium, but a camera and a crystal necklace she had with her were missing.
The FBI says the suspect has also been linked through DNA to a September 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax City, Va., where a woman walking home from a grocery story reported being grabbed from behind, dragged behind a maintenance shed and attacked. Authorities this month released an enhanced composite sketch based on a description from the sexual assault victim.
“We don’t know who he is so we don’t know where he is,” said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
Harrington’s mother, Gil Harrington, said she and her husband, Dan, are hopeful the new publicity effort will lead to an arrest.
I think it’s wonderful that the band hasn’t forgotten about Morgan Harrington. Thank you, James Hetfield for continuing to bring this sad story to the public’s attention, so Morgan isn’t forgotten.