Police Still Seeking Public’s Help in Locating Missing Person
RICHMOND – Virginia State Police and University of Virginia (UVA) Police are following up on numerous leads regarding the joint investigation into the disappearance and whereabouts of a Virginia Tech student.
Local and state police have been searching for Morgan Dana Harrington, 20, of Roanoke County, Va., since she was reported missing by her parents Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009. Miss Harrington was last seen Saturday night, Oct. 17, 2009. On Saturday, Miss Harrington and a friend had traveled from Virginia Tech to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., to meet up with a friend. They then traveled to John Paul Jones Arena at UVA in Charlottesville, Va., to attend a music concert that same evening.
During the course of the concert, she became separated from her friends and was unable to reunite with them. Miss Harrington was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with “Pantera” written on the front in tan letters. She also had on a black mini-skirt with black tights and knee-high black boots. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. Miss Harrington does not have an identification or her cell phone with her.
Miss Harrington is currently a junior at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., majoring in education.The public is still encouraged to call or e-mail with any information concerning Miss Harrington and/or her whereabouts. Virginia State Police can be reached (434) 352-3435 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. UVA Police can be reached at (434) 924-7166.
Who knows. They could have assumed she met some other people and went out to a party with some people she met/already knew (she's from VA so she probably has some friends at UVA) or something. I know that if I went to a concert at a college campus and couldn't find my friend after the show something like this would be the last thing I'd think of.
Yeah, well I guess that's the risk that we take when we host huge shows (in this case a heavy metal concert) that are attended by mostly non-UVA students. You don't know what types of people will be attending...from the regular fans to the crazies.
It's so weird that she disappeared without anyone seeing her. Plus, why did she go outside and leave her friends without telling them what she was up to? It's always good to be careful. Either she decided just to leave or something must have happened right when she went outside.
Obviously, the information is coming from different sources right now, but there was a press conference this afternoon that revealed a few more details.
Lt. Rader says police have interviewed Morgan’s friends as well as people who saw Morgan either inside JPJ or outside the arena. They can confirm that Morgan was on the grounds outside JPJ until at least 9:30pm Saturday night. Police say Morgan exited the concert for reasons unknown and due to the John Paul Jones arena policy, was not allowed to re-enter the venue. Police have confirmed that Morgan contacted her friends while she was outside the arena to let them know she would be unable to re-enter the concert, which was the last known contact Morgan had with her friends.
I doubt any major concert venues allow re-admission once you exit. There is no fault attributable to UVa for this incident and I doubt any UVa students will be involved. There are plenty of sketchy people living in all the small towns and cities of central Virginia. And a Metallica show would attract hordes of them.
The Richmond Times Dispatch reported this morning that there is now a 100K reward for news leading to her return. This story is heartbreaking. Personally, I am a bit put off by some posters insinuating that this apparent abduction is related to the type of concert that she went to. It could have happened after a DMB concert, U2, etc. Anywhere with anyone playing. I feel so sorry for her family.