100 Tips Around U.S. For Virginia Tech Student Missing Since Metallica Concert

Police are treating their search for a Virginia Tech student missing since she went to a Metallica concert Saturday as a criminal investigation.

Virginia State Police Lt. Joe Rader said Wednesday that authorities don't know whether 20-year-old Morgan Dana Harrington is alive or whether "she has met some kind of ill fate."

Rader told a news conference in Charlottesville that police have received more than 100 tips from around the country.

He says a passer-by found her purse and cell phone between the arena and an athletic field at the University of Virginia.

Rader says police are concluding their ground search Wednesday. They halted an air search earlier.

He says the family plans to offer a reward of at least $50,000.


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Police searched Tuesday for a Virginia Tech student who hasn't been seen since she was separated from her friends at a Metallica concert Saturday.

Morgan Dana Harrington, 20, was last seen near the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. Her parents said they talk to her every day and her disappearance is very out of character.

"Morgan is a pretty transparent kid, who's had a really close relationship with us," her father, Dan Harrington, said in a phone interview Tuesday. "I don't think there are lots of secrets, so this kind of behavior of (her) missing is not something I think we would expect."

Dan Harrington, who lives in Roanoke, said his daughter had asked him to help her study for a math test and go through the class schedule for next semester on Sunday. He called her friends around 12:30 p.m. when he realized he had not heard from her.

Police said Morgan Harrington, a junior majoring in education, was wearing a black T-shirt with "Pantera" across the front in tan letters, a black mini skirt, black tights and black knee-high boots.

She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, is 5-foot-6 and weighs about 120 pounds. She was not carrying an identification card or cell phone.

Investigators are treating the disappearance as a missing person case, said Virginia State Police Lt. Joe Rader.

"We have no evidence that a crime has been committed," he said.



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Police are looking for a Virginia Tech student who got separated from her friends at a Metallica concert Saturday and hasn't been seen since.

Police are looking for 20-year-old Morgan Dana Harrington, who was last seen near the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. Her parents say they normally talk to her every day and her disappearance is very out of character.

Mom Gil Harrington said at a news conference Monday that she and her husband need to know where their daughter is and get her home safe as soon as possible.

Police say Harrington was wearing a black T-shirt with "Pantera" across the front in tan letters, a black mini skirt, black tights and black knee-high boots.

She has long blonde hair, blue eyes, is 5-foot-6 and weighs about 120 pounds.


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  • by Deuce Location: Sacramento, CA on Oct 23, 2009 at 09:53 PM
    http://www.nbc29.com/Global/story.asp?S=11374052 New Clues on the search for Morgan Harrington. A grandmother from the Richmond area says she was in the parking lot of John Paul Jones Arena the night Morgan disappeared. What she saw could be a clue to unraveling the mystery of what happened.
  • by jr Location: bath on Oct 23, 2009 at 02:00 AM
    people look for things that aren't there when music is involved. i recall, in my wild mis-spent youth, of singing the old english folk song 'the hunter'...which has a ditty...'with a hey down down, a ho down down, hey down, ho down derry derry down...', this was in the 60's, i fould last year that one woman thought the song inappropriate because of the word 'ho'. the point is that people will find what they are looking for, and no amount of reasoning can dissuade them.
  • by LEA on Oct 22, 2009 at 09:36 AM
    TO EVERYONE THAT IS SAYING SOMETHING ABOUT THIS GIRL BEING AT A CONCERT OR WHAT SHE WAS WEARING-NO ONE SHOULD BE MESSED WITH BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY WEAR AND WHAT THEY LISTEN TO-THEY HAVE JUST AS MUCH RIGHT TO BE SAFE AS YOU DO-TAKE IT FROM ME-SOMEONE TRIED TO RAPE ME AND I WAS DRESSED IN A SWEATER AND JEANS-NO SKIN REVEALED EXCEPT MY HANDS AND THAT DID NOT SOMEONE FROM TRYING TO HURT ME-ALSO IT WAS NOT UP TO HER FRIENDS TO PROTECT HER-SOMEONE TOOK THIS GIRL AND ALL I KNOW IS YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HER FAMILY IS GOING THROUGH SO PLEASE BE A LITTLE MORE COMPASSIONATE AND LET GOD JUDGE EVERYONE. I PRAY FOR HER SAFE RETURN AND HER FAMILY.
  • by db Location: winterville on Oct 22, 2009 at 07:06 AM
    I went to the Metallica Concert in Charlotte. I helped a 12 year old boy celebrate his birthday by giving him my front row seat. I guess ignorance rules in some of your small little worlds. I hope this case turns out for the best, and if not my thoughts are with the family
  • by An Old Parent Location: Kinston on Oct 22, 2009 at 06:53 AM
    To all you rock throwing individuals !! From the Beatles to the present day groups, the bands and their music have been blamed for all the ills of our country. I grew up with Elvis and the Beatles and most would classify me as an positive, productive person in my community. Every generation has their music, wierd hair styles and strange dress codes. But is doesn't mean they are all bound for hell -- it is just a part of growing up. Being a kid today is much harder that it was when I was 16 yeras old. They will be working adults much too soon, so give them a break and let them enjoy their youth. Love them, give them discipline when they deserve it and teach them to respect themselves and others. They will grow into adulthood and do just fine, if you give them a chance. Now, how many of you can truthfully say you never did anything that drove your parents or your meddling aunt crazy when you were a kid ?? They will always be your kids, no matter the age, so love them and let them know it
  • by crystal Location: beaufort county nc on Oct 21, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    WITN it would be nice if you would stop allowing posts that are disrespectful when there are things of this nature. I know that all comments have to be approved, so why let it be posted, it's just giving satisfaction to the creeps posting such horrible things. And to all of you posting such disrespectful things, her family has to read this.......what if it were your child. It's just plain wrong, where are your morals or do you have any. We all have family members, this could happen to ANY ONE OF US OR OUR LOVED ONES!!! HAVE SOME RESPEECT!!! I pray they find this girl. Noone deserves to be disrespected in a situation like this. It truly saddens me.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Oct 21, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    hush little baby don't say a word. never mind that noise you heard. .it's just the beast under your bed.in your closet,in your head.exit light-enter night. off to never never land.yea! gospel right.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    I hate to say but after this much time I think the outcome is not going to be good. Sorry for her parents. I would rather know my child was dead than not know where she was and who was hurting her.
  • by Tina Location: Gville on Oct 21, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    Don't pick on religious people just because they believe Metallica is Devil music. My parents were the same way except they thought Def Leppard was!!!!!! it's their choice to think that music is satanic therefore hoodlums must be around bad things.. it doesn't mean it's right but they do have a right to their opinion because the end result is the same this young adult woman is missing and I'm sure we all pray for her everyday and hope she is okay. I think we might want God on our side right now in finding her... I hope it was by her own accord but with them finding her purse I'd say it was probably by force :( I sure hope they find her safe and I pray for her safe return and for comfort for the family. I couldn't imagine my kid no matter how old they maybe having that sort of thing to happen so I know the parents have to be very worried and upset. I hope this turns out for the good and I hope those calling in with leads call in good ones so the cops don't chase bad leads wasting time.
  • by Anonymous Location: Ayden, NC on Oct 21, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    I am praying they find this girl and they find her safe. It's been so long and now I'm scared for her. Girls just don't go somewhere with their friends and then disappear without a trace or any sort of contact unless something is wrong. I'm not judging but I do understand where all the comments about the "type" of concert she was at is coming from. Of course if you listen to Metallica music you aren't going to think anything negative about it because it's what you like and you are defending it....but listening to their music and seeing their videos from an outsiders point of view...you definetly get a vibe from Metallica that says they don't exactly go to church on Sundays.
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