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.
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.
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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