One Year After Morgan Harrington's Remains Found

By: Jessica Jaglois (WCAV)
By: Jessica Jaglois (WCAV)

As investigators put the spotlight on a still unsolved murder case, Morgan Harrington's parents are spending Tuesday tracing their daughter's footsteps on the night she went missing.

Along with the media, Dan and Gil Harrington will also be allowed a first look at the site where their daughter's skeletal remains were found.

Agent Dino Capuzzo gives a "walk thru" of the night Morgan disappeared.

It starts on the night of October 17, 2009, when Morgan Dana Harrington parked her car outside the John Paul Jones Arena around 6:15 p.m. to attend a Metallica concert.

Investigators will then retrace her steps, from when she mysteriously landed outside the arena and was denied re-entry to the parking lot where her purse and cell phone were later recovered. Those items were left by Morgan before she tried to hitch-hike along the Copeley Road Bridge around 9:30 p.m.

From there she vanished.

"This location, basically up here on [Copeley] Bridge, is the last known location that we are able to confirm where Morgan was last seen alive. We have no other locations. No other stores. No location out in the County. Just here," says Capuzzo.

The Harringtons held hands as they followed investigators and listened to police describe their late daughter as incoherent and vulnerable.

More than three months later, on January 26, 2010, the Virginia Tech student's remains were found in a field on Anchorage Farm, ten miles from the place she was last seen alive.

The owner of the farm contacted police when he found human remains on his sprawling 700-plus acres of land.

"I want to be in this place one time, just one time. I believe Morgan was dead when she was put here. That was a body dump spot in my estimation," says Gil.

The difficult terrain of Anchorage Farm has led investigators to believe the only suspect in the case, whose sketch was released in July 2010, knew the farm and surrounding area well.

It was raining the night Morgan Harrington disappeared, so VSP officials say the person who put Morgan's body on the farm may have left the area wearing muddy clothing. That's another piece of information police want the public to think about.

Police continue to hope publicity that the case could convince an up-to-now silent witness to start talking.

The public is still encouraged to call in tips to the Virginia State Police tip line at 434-352-3467 or the Jefferson Area Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.


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