It was one year ago Friday, that Virginia State Police went public with a composite sketch of a man forensically linked to the disappearance and death of Virginia Tech student, Morgan Harrington.
Now investigators say they're encouraged. Harrington, went missing in Charlottesville during a Metallica concert on the night of October 17, 2009. The 20-year old's remains were discovered January 26, 2010, by the landowner of Anchorage Farm in southern Albemarle county.
The Virginia Department of Forensic Science was able to confirm a DNA forensic match connecting Harrington's case, to an unsolved 2005 abduction and sexual assault in Fairfax.
Lt. Joe Rader says "since this composite sketch was released last year, investigators have received several hundred new tips on this individual. This is extremely encouraging as the information we get from local citizens is important because they are the most familiar with the surroundings and habits of their neighbors and associates.
The public is still encouraged to contact any of the following agencies with information related to the cases.
Fairfax Police: (703) 385-7959
Jefferson County Crime Stoppers: (434)977-4000
Virginia State Police: (434) 352-3467