Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Page 2 of 4 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4  Next

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by FystyAngel on Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:28 am

 

 

 

 

_________________
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly
avatar
FystyAngel
Admin

Posts : 5610
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 55
Mood : Neener

http://www.realitychatter.com

Back to top Go down

Medical Examiner Positively Identifies Remains as Morgan Harrington

Post by Justice4all on Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:08 pm

 

Meantime, Harrington's father tells CBS 6 about his mission to honor his daughter's memory.

ALBEMARLE COUNTY - The state medical examiner has confirmed the remains found on an Albemarle County Farm Tuesday are those of Morgan Harrington.

Virginia State Police say the confirmation was made using dental records provided by the family and say the investigation continues into the time and cause of death.

Meantime, Morgan Harrington's father talks to CBS 6 about the discovery of his daughter's remains and what the revelation means to his family.

Dan Harrington tells Catie Beck, "This may sound strange, but we have found some peace in all of this. It wasn't the outcome that we wanted but we know now where our daughter is and there is peace in that."

Harrington said he felt that God had answered his prayers in a way after last week telling his wife he couldn't take much more of the 'not knowing.'

He said, "Now we have to figure out how to honor Morgan in death, how to have her life mean something."

In a conversation Wednesday morning, Harrington says his mission may include campus safety or self-defense for women, but most importantly he wants his daughter to be remembered.

"That's been always our biggest challenge - making sure that people don't forget her."

Harrington says the Charlottesville community has taken this case seriously from the beginning and that he has stated from early on that there was a crime and that the criminal lives in the Charlottesville area.

He says, "I always said she would be found within five miles of the campus. This person knew the area. If Mr. Bass had found a fresh body, we would be feeling very differently today, like perhaps Morgan had been held and tortured. I think my daughter was dead before that concert was over."

The family has not made burial arrangements yet ,but they plan to.

Harrington also mentioned that he and his wife were recently on Capitol Hill testifying on behalf of the National Center for Missing Adults telling their story about Morgan. He says he's been amazed by the goodness of people through all of this and that he and his wife Gil have grown as people through the process.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Virginia State Police announced the discovery of the body of Morgan Harrington, saying they are "fairly comfortable with that conclusion."

Col. W. Steven Flaherty said items and evidence found on site indicate the remains are those of Harrington. He said Morgan's parents, Dan and Gil Harrington, were on hand to make the tentative identification. He indicated the search for her, underway since October 17 of last year, was now over.

Lt. Joe Rader, the lead investigator in Harrington's disappearance, said the area where the remains were discovered had not been searched previously. He added that the missing person case was now most likely a homicide. He said investigators were combing the area carefully, saying it was "imperative to maintain the sanctity of the crime scene, since the perpetrator, or perpetrators," were still at large.

He would not characterize the state of the remains, nor what evidence may have been found at the scene.

The Harringtons arrived in the Charlottesville area in the early afternoon. They had told CBS 6 they were there to identify skeletal remains that had been found in Albemarle County Tuesday morning. When speaking, Morgan's father Dan was in tears, telling CBS 6 "this is a horrible day" for his family.

An Albemarle County resident found the remains Tuesday morning at a private residence called Anchorage Farm on Anchorage Farm Road in the southern region of Albemarle County. The farm is ten miles from the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville where 20-year-old Morgan Harrington was last seen at a Metallica concert October 17.

CBS 6's Catie Beck spoke to David Bass, who discovered the remains on his property. Bass, a farmer and owner of Anchorage Farm, says after the wind and rain last week there were several downed trees in his yard. He was out looking for possible damage to make repairs in a remote area of his property, when he spotted the body.

He said the area would be next to impossible to access from a road, since it's at least a mile and a half from the roadway.

He said at first he didn't know whether the remains were human or animal, describing them as very badly decomposed. "I looked down and saw what looked like a human skull and my first thought was that it was Morgan Harrington," said Bass. He said the skull had no hair on it and he couldn't tell from looking whether the remains were male or female.

He immediately went inside and called 911, telling a dispatcher, "I'm not even sure if this is a human body, but I think so."

Bass told CBS6, "We're a small, rural family and we've never had any trespassers. Now in dealing with this tragedy, of a dead person and at the same time [wondering] if this is Morgan Harrington, a part of me thinks this is something good for people to know."

He said police confirmed right away that it was a human body.

Source: http://www.wtvr.com/news/wtvr-body-found-albemarle-100126,0,5332581.story
avatar
Justice4all
Admin

Posts : 9745
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 42
Location : Michigan
Mood : Sleepy

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Justice4all on Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:10 pm

avatar
Justice4all
Admin

Posts : 9745
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 42
Location : Michigan
Mood : Sleepy

Back to top Go down

STATEMENT BY DR. DAN HARRINGTON

Post by Justice4all on Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:13 pm

Morgan's mother, Gil, and I are overwhelmingly saddened by yesterday's discovery, but we are also relieved because our questions can now be answered and we can give our daughter a proper burial. We know that because of the good life Morgan led and the love she created for everyone around her, she is now in a safer, better place. We appreciate everyone's respect for our privacy at this difficult time and we thank everyone who has helped us through this tragedy and helped us find Morgan.

Source: http://findmorgan.com/
avatar
Justice4all
Admin

Posts : 9745
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 42
Location : Michigan
Mood : Sleepy

Back to top Go down

Harringtons deliver emotional message

Post by Justice4all on Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:15 pm

MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE
Published: January 27, 2010

Stoic and struggling to contain emotions, the parents of the late Morgan Harrington spoke out this afternoon about their daughter from the spot on Copeley Bridge where she was last seen.

Authorities confirmed earlier today that skeletal remains found at an Albemarle County farm off U.S. 29 south of Charlottesville belonged to Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student who disappeared outside John Paul Jones arena the night of a Metallica concert Oct. 17

Dan and Gil Harrington said they are considering ways now to honor their daughter, while at the same time vowing to never rest until her killer or killers can be found. The death is being investigated as a homicide case.

“Our sorrow is etched in our faces and our pain has been carved in our hearts,“ Gil Harrington said at the news conference minutes ago.

She described the search for her daughter, a period that included the Harringtons turning to the public and the media in a concerted effort to keep the case in the public eye, as an “unimaginable journey.“

The Harringtons said they are relieved to finally know the answer to the mystery of where Morgan Harrington was, though much remains about what happened after her last contact with friends and family.

Gil Harrington said she is relieved to no longer wonder “every minute what is he doing to my daughter now. What is she having to endure?“ She spoke of mental anguish at the thought of someone doing “unspeakable things” to her daughter.

The parents said in the brief remarks that they will continue working with authorities and thanked supporters from across Virginia and beyond.

Source: http://www2.starexponent.com/cse/news/state_regional/article/harringtons_deliver_emotional_message/51167/
avatar
Justice4all
Admin

Posts : 9745
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 42
Location : Michigan
Mood : Sleepy

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Snaz on Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:09 pm

Medical Examiner Positively Identifies Remains as Morgan Harrington
Meantime, Harrington's father tells CBS 6 about his mission to honor his daughter's memory.

Catie Beck and Misti Davidson
January 26, 2010

ALBEMARLE COUNTY - The state medical examiner has confirmed the remains found on an Albemarle County Farm Tuesday are those of Morgan Harrington.

Virginia State Police say the confirmation was made using dental records provided by the family and say the investigation continues into the time and cause of death.

Meantime, Morgan Harrington's father talks to CBS 6 about the discovery of his daughter's remains and what the revelation means to his family.

Dan Harrington tells Catie Beck, "This may sound strange, but we have found some peace in all of this. It wasn't the outcome that we wanted but we know now where our daughter is and there is peace in that."

Harrington said he felt that God had answered his prayers in a way after last week telling his wife he couldn't take much more of the 'not knowing.'

He said, "Now we have to figure out how to honor Morgan in death, how to have her life mean something."

In a conversation Wednesday morning, Harrington says his mission may include campus safety or self-defense for women, but most importantly he wants his daughter to be remembered.

"That's been always our biggest challenge - making sure that people don't forget her."

Harrington says the Charlottesville community has taken this case seriously from the beginning and that he has stated from early on that there was a crime and that the criminal lives in the Charlottesville area.

He says, "I always said she would be found within five miles of the campus. This person knew the area. If Mr. Bass had found a fresh body, we would be feeling very differently today, like perhaps Morgan had been held and tortured. I think my daughter was dead before that concert was over."

The family has not made burial arrangements yet ,but they plan to.

Harrington also mentioned that he and his wife were recently on Capitol Hill testifying on behalf of the National Center for Missing Adults telling their story about Morgan. He says he's been amazed by the goodness of people through all of this and that he and his wife Gil have grown as people through the process.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Virginia State Police announced the discovery of the body of Morgan Harrington, saying they are "fairly comfortable with that conclusion."

Col. W. Steven Flaherty said items and evidence found on site indicate the remains are those of Harrington. He said Morgan's parents, Dan and Gil Harrington, were on hand to make the tentative identification. He indicated the search for her, underway since October 17 of last year, was now over.

Lt. Joe Rader, the lead investigator in Harrington's disappearance, said the area where the remains were discovered had not been searched previously. He added that the missing person case was now most likely a homicide. He said investigators were combing the area carefully, saying it was "imperative to maintain the sanctity of the crime scene, since the perpetrator, or perpetrators," were still at large.

He would not characterize the state of the remains, nor what evidence may have been found at the scene.

The Harringtons arrived in the Charlottesville area in the early afternoon. They had told CBS 6 they were there to identify skeletal remains that had been found in Albemarle County Tuesday morning. When speaking, Morgan's father Dan was in tears, telling CBS 6 "this is a horrible day" for his family.

An Albemarle County resident found the remains Tuesday morning at a private residence called Anchorage Farm on Anchorage Farm Road in the southern region of Albemarle County. The farm is ten miles from the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville where 20-year-old Morgan Harrington was last seen at a Metallica concert October 17.

CBS 6's Catie Beck spoke to David Bass, who discovered the remains on his property. Bass, a farmer and owner of Anchorage Farm, says after the wind and rain last week there were several downed trees in his yard. He was out looking for possible damage to make repairs in a remote area of his property, when he spotted the body.

He said the area would be next to impossible to access from a road, since it's at least a mile and a half from the roadway.

He said at first he didn't know whether the remains were human or animal, describing them as very badly decomposed. "I looked down and saw what looked like a human skull and my first thought was that it was Morgan Harrington," said Bass. He said the skull had no hair on it and he couldn't tell from looking whether the remains were male or female.

He immediately went inside and called 911, telling a dispatcher, "I'm not even sure if this is a human body, but I think so."

Bass told CBS6, "We're a small, rural family and we've never had any trespassers. Now in dealing with this tragedy, of a dead person and at the same time [wondering] if this is Morgan Harrington, a part of me thinks this is something good for people to know."

He said police confirmed right away that it was a human body.


http://www.wtkr.com/news/wtvr-body-found-albemarle-100126,0,496709.story

_________________

Updated 1/22/11
avatar
Snaz

Posts : 4972
Join date : 2009-07-11
Location : Florida
Mood : Whistling

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Snaz on Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:13 pm





_________________

Updated 1/22/11
avatar
Snaz

Posts : 4972
Join date : 2009-07-11
Location : Florida
Mood : Whistling

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Snaz on Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:23 pm

Body found is Morgan Harrington's; father suggests Charlottesville link to daughter's death

The Roanoke Times
January 27, 2010
UPDATED: 1:59 p.m. | POSTED: 11:30 a.m.

Dan and Gil Harrington, the parents of missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, joined her brother, Alex, and a handful of reporters on Charlottesville's Copeley Road bridge this afternoon to thank the public for their assistance in helping to find their daughter since her October disappearance.

Harrington's body was discovered yesterday morning in an Albemarle County field. She had been missing since Oct. 17, 2009, when she disappeared from a Metallica concert at John Paul Jones Arena on the University of Virginia campus.

While her parents declined to discuss the specifics of the case, her mother told the crowd of reporters who had gathered at the bridge that, from what the family had gathered through their conversations with police, "it's very likely that Morgan did not live through the concert."

Gil Harrington discussed the agony of the three months since her daughter had gone missing, not knowing where she was or who might be harming her. Not knowing, she said, was more painful than knowing.

For the first time in 101 days, she said, "I'm not thinking every minute, 'What is he doing to my daughter?'"

The Harringtons told reporters that, now that their daughter's body has been found, they're focused on finding her killer. Dan Harrington said the location of her remains suggests a local link to her death.

"This is not a random place where someone would drop off a body," he said.

The Virginia State Police continue to seek tips. Anyone with information is asked to call the state police tip line at (434) 352-3467.

When they had finished talking to reporters, the Harrington family tied a black ribbon to a light pole on the Copeley Road bridge where a yellow one had been. "Our sorrow," Gil Harrington said, "is etched on our faces, and our pain has been carved on our hearts."

UPDATED: 11:48 a.m.
Virginia State Police say that the state's chief medical examiner has confirmed today that a body discovered yesterday in a field on an Albemarle County farm is that of missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.
Tuesday's press conference: Officials "fairly confident" body of Morgan Harrington found on farm

Dan Harrington, Morgan's father, issued the following statement today:

"Morgan’s mother, Gil, and I are overwhelmingly saddened by yesterday’s discovery, but we are also relieved because our questions can now be answered and we can give our daughter a proper burial. We know that because of the good life Morgan led and the love she created for everyone around her, she is now in a safer, better place. We appreciate everyone’s respect for our privacy at this difficult time and we thank everyone who has helped us through this tragedy and helped us find Morgan."

The Harringtons plan to speak with reporters in Charlottesville at 1 p.m. today.

Morgan Harrington, 20, disappeared Oct. 17 while attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville.


http://www.roanoke.com/news/breaking/wb/234487

_________________

Updated 1/22/11
avatar
Snaz

Posts : 4972
Join date : 2009-07-11
Location : Florida
Mood : Whistling

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Snaz on Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:36 pm

Parents: Morgan Harrington likely died quickly
Morgan Harrington's parents say police think their daughter died the night she disappeared. Her parents believe the perpetrator is local to Charlottesville. The investigation is focusing on the cause and time of her death.

Thursday, January 28, 2010
By Rex Bowman



CHARLOTTESVILLE -- For 101 days the parents of Morgan Harrington agonized over the unknown, tormented by thoughts of the "unspeakable things" a predator might be visiting upon their young, missing daughter. Wednesday, the day after her skeletal remains were found in a hayfield, Dan and Gil Harrington said their minds are, at last, at peace.

The Roanoke County couple now believe their daughter was killed the night she disappeared.

And for the first time since Morgan's disappearance on Oct. 17, said Gil Harrington, she is not imagining her daughter as a captive a frightened captive brutalized by a predator, day after day.

"I'm not thinking every minute, 'What is he doing to my daughter right now? What is she having to endure right now?' "

Such is the slender solace offered by Tuesday's discovery. State police said Wednesday the medical examiner's office in Richmond had used dental records to confirm that the decomposed body found on a sprawling Albemarle County farm 10 miles south of Charlottesville were all that remain of the pretty, blond Virginia Tech student.

While police said nothing more -- except to note that investigators are still trying to determine the cause and time of death -- Gil and Dan Harrington said they gather from conversations with investigators that their fears of captivity were never reality, that their daughter was killed the night she disappeared from a rock concert in Charlottesville, that the time she spent with her killer was, mercifully, short.

"We are very happy to know that Morgan very likely did not live through the time of the concert," said Gil Harrington, who with her husband spoke with reporters in Charlottesville while their son Alex stood by their side. "She was a long time in that field. I'm happy to know she was not alive long enduring unspeakable things."

Morgan Harrington, 20, vanished Oct. 17 after leaving the John Paul Jones Arena, where she had gone with friends to see the band Metallica play. She was last seen south of the arena, trying to hitch a ride on the Copeley Road bridge.

After three months of searches and nationwide publicity, a farmer found Harrington's remains Tuesday in a remote hayfield on his 742-acre farm on U.S. 29. State police put the Harringtons on a helicopter so they could view the field, which is not accessible from public roads.

The Harringtons said the placement of the body in such a rural, out-of-the-way area leads them to believe their daughter's killer is someone who lives in the rolling, wooded section of Albemarle County, someone who might know the intricate back roads.

"The area where Morgan was found is not a random place that someone came upon accidentally," said Dan Harrington. "Even though Morgan has been found and she has been murdered, we now need to find the person who did this and we will not stop until that person is brought to justice."

The Harringtons said they will continue talking with the media and encouraging people to call the state police tip line -- (434) 352-3467.

They added that they expect to receive Morgan's body from the medical examiner's office in five or six days, after which they will hold a public memorial service for their daughter.

And they said they will learn to live again, consoled by the knowledge that their daughter is not lost in the world and suffering.

"We had hoped to find Morgan alive," Dan Harrington said, "but at least now we have some peace and some closure today."

"We will move on, we will find a way to be a family of three," Gil Harrington said, addressing television news crews. "You all have these tripods and they are not as stable as a table, but we can make a tripod work. We don't know how yet, but we will figure it out."


http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/234568

_________________

Updated 1/22/11
avatar
Snaz

Posts : 4972
Join date : 2009-07-11
Location : Florida
Mood : Whistling

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Snaz on Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:09 pm

Morgan Harrington Murder: Helpful Hunters May Hunt Her Killer

Posted by Blink
27 January 2010 8:33 pm

Abemarle County, VA– On the 100 acre parcel of the over 700 acre farm owned by Nancy and David Bass where Morgan Harrington’s remains were recovered yesterday, there may be clues of the furry variety that lead to the identity of Morgan’s murderer.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a source inside the investigation has told blinkoncrime.com that questions raised here regarding private deer hunting on the farm have been verified by Virginia State Police.

Anchorage Farm owners do allow some private hunting members and maintains a list of those individuals permitted to do so.


Read the rest:
http://blinkoncrime.com/2010/01/27/morgan-harrington-murder-helpful-hunters-may-hunt-her-killer/

_________________

Updated 1/22/11
avatar
Snaz

Posts : 4972
Join date : 2009-07-11
Location : Florida
Mood : Whistling

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by FystyAngel on Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:17 pm


_________________
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly
avatar
FystyAngel
Admin

Posts : 5610
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 55
Mood : Neener

http://www.realitychatter.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by FystyAngel on Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:24 pm

Parents: Morgan Harrington likely died quickly
Morgan Harrington's parents say police think their daughter died the night she disappeared. Her parents believe the perpetrator is local to Charlottesville. The investigation is focusing on the cause and time of her death.

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/234568

UPDATED JAN. 28: In a statement posted Wednesday on Metallica's Web site, the band said it was "profoundly saddened" by the discovery of Harrington's remains and said its thoughts are with her parents, Gil and Dan Harrington.

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- For 101 days the parents of Morgan Harrington agonized over the unknown, tormented by thoughts of the "unspeakable things" a predator might be visiting upon their young, missing daughter. Wednesday, the day after her skeletal remains were found in a hayfield, Dan and Gil Harrington said their minds are, at last, at peace.

The Roanoke County couple now believe their daughter was killed the night she disappeared.

And for the first time since Morgan's disappearance on Oct. 17, said Gil Harrington, she is not imagining her daughter as a captive a frightened captive brutalized by a predator, day after day.

"I'm not thinking every minute, 'What is he doing to my daughter right now? What is she having to endure right now?' "

Such is the slender solace offered by Tuesday's discovery. State police said Wednesday the medical examiner's office in Richmond had used dental records to confirm that the decomposed body found on a sprawling Albemarle County farm 10 miles south of Charlottesville were all that remain of the pretty, blond Virginia Tech student.

While police said nothing more -- except to note that investigators are still trying to determine the cause and time of death -- Gil and Dan Harrington said they gather from conversations with investigators that their fears of captivity were never reality, that their daughter was killed the night she disappeared from a rock concert in Charlottesville, that the time she spent with her killer was, mercifully, short.

"We are very happy to know that Morgan very likely did not live through the time of the concert," said Gil Harrington, who with her husband spoke with reporters in Charlottesville while their son Alex stood by their side. "She was a long time in that field. I'm happy to know she was not alive long enduring unspeakable things."

Morgan Harrington, 20, vanished Oct. 17 after leaving the John Paul Jones Arena, where she had gone with friends to see the band Metallica play. She was last seen south of the arena, trying to hitch a ride on the Copeley Road bridge.

After three months of searches and nationwide publicity, a farmer found Harrington's remains Tuesday in a remote hayfield on his 742-acre farm on U.S. 29. State police put the Harringtons on a helicopter so they could view the field, which is not accessible from public roads.

The Harringtons said the placement of the body in such a rural, out-of-the-way area leads them to believe their daughter's killer is someone who lives in the rolling, wooded section of Albemarle County, someone who might know the intricate back roads.

"The area where Morgan was found is not a random place that someone came upon accidentally," said Dan Harrington. "Even though Morgan has been found and she has been murdered, we now need to find the person who did this and we will not stop until that person is brought to justice."

The Harringtons said they will continue talking with the media and encouraging people to call the state police tip line -- (434) 352-3467.

They added that they expect to receive Morgan's body from the medical examiner's office in five or six days, after which they will hold a public memorial service for their daughter.

And they said they will learn to live again, consoled by the knowledge that their daughter is not lost in the world and suffering.

"We had hoped to find Morgan alive," Dan Harrington said, "but at least now we have some peace and some closure today."

"We will move on, we will find a way to be a family of three," Gil Harrington said, addressing television news crews. "You all have these tripods and they are not as stable as a table, but we can make a tripod work. We don't know how yet, but we will figure it out.

_________________
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly
avatar
FystyAngel
Admin

Posts : 5610
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 55
Mood : Neener

http://www.realitychatter.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Guest on Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:33 pm

The way Morgans parents articulate, is so special. You can tell that this family is a special one. To hear them have faith and have every intention to carry on, in a crusade of Morgan's memory is so inspiring. They are truly a wonderful family and I pray for peace in their hearts and justice for morgan.

Farmhands and relatives are likeley on the list too..

It sounds so far like this crime is going to be solved.

Guest
Guest


Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by randilynn on Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:25 pm

the sadness i see in the harrington family rocks me to the core.

they are good people.. you can see it. and for something so tragic to happen to them makes me question if any of us are "safe"..

they are in my thoughts and prayers. i hope they find peace in the justice that will hopefully come soon for morgan.
avatar
randilynn

Posts : 743
Join date : 2009-07-16
Mood : Bawling

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Justice4all on Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:40 pm

avatar
Justice4all
Admin

Posts : 9745
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 42
Location : Michigan
Mood : Sleepy

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Piper on Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:55 am

I am so sorry for Morgan's family and the pain they are having to endure. Her mother's words struck me as she referred to the lovely bones of Morgan from her initial ultrasound to her remains. My sincerest sympathy to the Harrington family.
avatar
Piper

Posts : 10277
Join date : 2009-07-12
Mood : Innocent

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Snaz on Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:52 pm

Vigil held for Morgan Harrington: 'She should not be forgotten'
Dozens turned out Friday night to remember 20-year-old Morgan Harrington.

By Jorge Valencia
January 30, 2010



Dozens gathered in North Roanoke County on Friday night for a vigil honoring Morgan Harrington, whose body was found Tuesday in Albemarle County.


Dan and Gil Harrington exchange candles as they take turns speaking during a vigil honoring their daughter at their North Roanoke County home. The couple thanked the crowd for supporting them over the past months.


Gil Harrington stands with her son, Alex, while her husband, Dan, speaks during Friday night's vigil.


They parked their cars along the nearby suburban streets, and in the dark they huddled at the foot of the hill in front of the two-story brick house. There were dozens of them, clutching candles, the flickering lights of a hope for solace.

The vigil in front of Gil and Dan Harrington's home Friday evening was a physical manifestation of the online community that formed during the three-month search for their daughter, Morgan. Beyond the confines of Facebook and Twitter, in the Harringtons' North Roanoke County neighborhood, it had autonomously taken its own course.

Just hours after a farmer found the 20-year-old Virginia Tech student's remains in a remote Albemarle County field Tuesday morning, members of the "Help Find Morgan Dana Harrington" Facebook group began organizing a vigil outside her parents' home.

The family didn't organize it, said Janet Crawford, a longtime friend who passed out candles at the vigil. But the Harringtons embraced it as a way to channel public concern they'd helped generate during the search for their daughter through social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

"Having been nothing but private people heretofore, all of this is a foreign life," Gil Harrington said of the public attention. "But you don't want the person who killed her also to have erased her. I think you have to use [the attention] to do something good, to make something good, because that will give lasting memory to Morgan's life."

On Oct. 17 Morgan Harrington became separated from friends at a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena, her parents said. David Bass discovered her skeletal remains Tuesday morning in his Anchorage Farm hayfield.

The discovery of Harrington's remains 101 days after she was reported missing triggered a surge of tips to investigators trying to determine how she died, when she died and where she died, the Harringtons said.

Her family used the attention from new and traditional media as a means to garner support in the search for their daughter. But they've also used it to advocate for other parents in similar situations. On the "Today" show on Thursday morning, they told host Meredith Vieira they met with Virginia Sens. John Warner and Jim Webb last week to seek federal funding for the National Center for Missing Adults.

"We are a prime example of the pain and the difficulties that families have after someone goes missing," Dan Harrington said on the show. "There is no template: Law enforcement, communities, parents don't know what to do."

But the family has been flooded with support after the public's appetite for news through the Web site findmorgan.com, YouTube videos about Harrington and social-networking sites.

After her body was found this week, support came from other continents. "Mis condolencias a la familia Harrington," wrote one woman from Lima, Peru, on a Facebook page for Harrington. My condolences to the Harrington family. A man wrote: "Some prayers from France ... all my strength to you."

Supporters in social media also pushed for answers. By Friday afternoon, some of the 34,000-plus members of the "Help Find Morgan Dana Harrington" Facebook group were asking where the investigation would go. A Kent State University student wrote, "Has anyone heard anything about the time or cause of death yet?"

"It could take weeks-- or longer -- for the state medical examiner's office in Richmond to determine how Harrington died, assuming her skeletal remains yield any clues at all," said Emil Moldovan, an adjunct instructor of criminal justice at Radford University and former death investigator in the Los Angeles County medical examiner's office.

But some elements in the media and on the Internet have also disturbed the couple -- particularly suggestions that their daughter's attire or behavior was somehow responsible for her suspected abduction and death.

"No matter what Morgan did, she deserved to be safe walking the streets of Charlottesville, the streets of the University of Virginia, so those comments really, really made me angry," Dan Harrington said.

The family's public activism, friends said, is a counter to their private nature. Their advocacy has been in the interest of helping other people and keeping the case alive and honoring their daughter.

"We want to be able to show how you get through tragedy, and how you can be public about that and maybe help people," Dan Harrington said. "Secondly, Morgan had a short life of 20 years. She should not be forgotten."

At the vigil, some people walked up one by one onto the Harringtons' lawn and spoke of their prayers for them, and of their amazement that the family has been able to reach out to others, having lost their daughter in still unknown, yet horrific circumstances. Standing above the crowd with the candles, Gil Harrington said, "We know that we have been held up by your love in this catastrophe. We could have never made it without you."

Then, the crowd sang from lyrics handed out on small sheets of paper: "Let there be peace on earth."


http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/234881

_________________

Updated 1/22/11
avatar
Snaz

Posts : 4972
Join date : 2009-07-11
Location : Florida
Mood : Whistling

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by FystyAngel on Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:30 am

I saw this poor girls parents on HLN last night & I just sat & cried. The mother was talking about Morgan's last words to her, etc. Then she made a comment about her last time seeing her. No, not her last time seeing her alive, She described seeing her dead in that field. She stated she looked into bare eye sockets & her skull because someone killed her daughter. How very sad. Sad

_________________
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly
avatar
FystyAngel
Admin

Posts : 5610
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 55
Mood : Neener

http://www.realitychatter.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by sitemama on Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:21 am

Fysty, she also said Morgan was beautiful, from the first time she saw her in her first ultrasound picture, to the last time she saw her lovely bones. The interviewer asked if she had made that remark because of the movie that had just come out, and the mom said "No, she had beautiful bones."

That gave me chills.

_________________
"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven" -----Henry Ward Beecher
avatar
sitemama
Admin

Posts : 29798
Join date : 2009-07-09
Age : 76
Location : Caldwell/Catawba County, NC
Mood : Praying

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Julie on Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:26 am

Fysty, that gave me cold chills. No parent should have to look at their child's bare eye sockets. Still having chills. I hope they can instead remember the love in their daughter's eyes of happier times.

_________________
This site feels like running free on a playground on a sunny day with the wind in your hair and the birds chirping around you!~~eva

Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of livin' is gone.~~~JM
avatar
Julie
Admin

Posts : 27870
Join date : 2009-10-14
Age : 28
Location : buying balloons for eva's 67th birthday
Mood : Musical

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Piper on Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:27 am

It gives me chills, too Julie. How heartbreaking for them to be standing over the remains of their daughter, the light of their life. George and Cindy Anthony were enjoying fine dining at the Ritz while others looked over Caylee's little bones, piece by piece. I'm not implying they should have been forced to see Caylee's remains and all of her personal belongings scattered about, but I think you know what I'm trying to say.
avatar
Piper

Posts : 10277
Join date : 2009-07-12
Mood : Innocent

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Snaz on Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:52 am

I agree with you, Piper...... the diffference in the Harringtons and the Anthonys is tremendous.... the A's would do well to take note of how the Harringtons have and continue to conduct themselves.

I have always been so impressed with the way Gil Harrington has handled, first, her daughter going missing, and then, finding her remains. It is so heartwrenching to read her blog and listen to her speak.

God bless, Harrington family.

_________________

Updated 1/22/11
avatar
Snaz

Posts : 4972
Join date : 2009-07-11
Location : Florida
Mood : Whistling

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Julie on Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:18 am

Piper-I understand. Harringtons.....crying over daughter's remains; Anthonys.....stuffing their faces.

_________________
This site feels like running free on a playground on a sunny day with the wind in your hair and the birds chirping around you!~~eva

Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of livin' is gone.~~~JM
avatar
Julie
Admin

Posts : 27870
Join date : 2009-10-14
Age : 28
Location : buying balloons for eva's 67th birthday
Mood : Musical

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Justice4all on Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:49 am

Friends, family of slain Va Tech student want justice



by EMILY FRIEDMAN
Posted on February 1, 2010 at 10:40 AM

(ABC News) - If there's one thing Jenna Testerman knows about her best friend Morgan Harrington, whose body was found last week in a farmer's field in Virginia, is that she would not have succumbed to a killer without putting up a fight.
"I really don't know what happened to her," Testerman told ABCNews.com, just days after the search for Harrington came to a grim ending with the discovery of her body. "She wasn't someone who would just wander off."
"But what I do know is that Morgan is a fighter and she would have fought to the death," said Testerman.
The mystery surrounding Harrington's disappearance the night of Oct. 17 deepened last week when authorities in Virginia identified skeletal remains found in a remote field as the missing 20-year-old Virginia Tech junior.
"We were all hoping that they were going to find her safe and while we knew it would take a lot of work to get Morgan back to normal, we just wanted her to be alive," said Testerman. "We just wanted her to give us one of her big hugs that she's known for."
Testerman said she is particularly feeling the loss. She and Harrington were part of a close-knit group of girlfriends who called themselves "The Nine." Some of the girls even got the number nine tattooed on their bodies as a symbol of their friendship when they all went off to college. Now they are eight.
"We just hope that she didn't have to go through any pain and that her killer showed her mercy and that she's up above in heaven looking down on us," said Testerman.
Friends like Testerman who had been holding out hope that Harrington would be found alive are now shifting their focus, eager to find the person they say is responsible for her murder.
While Testerman and Harrington's parents believe that she was murdered, the Virginia State Police department has not yet officially classified her case as a homicide investigation. The cause of death has not yet been determined, according to Corrine Geller, a spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police. No one has been named a person of interest or a suspect in Testerman's case either.
What Happened to Morgan Harrington After the Metallica Concert?
Few details have emerged about the night she went missing. Harrington had gone to a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville when she got separated from her friends, who believe she stepped outside for a smoke.
Harrington, who was wearing a black mini skirt, black tights and black boots as well as a black t-shirt with "Pantera" written on the front in tan letters, called her friends on a cell phone to say she was not allowed back inside.
Sarah Snead, who had accompanied Harrington and another friend to the concert, told WSLS in Raonake that she had been the one to receive the phone call telling them that she was stuck outside the arena.
"[She said] don't worry, I'll find a way home," said Snead.
Surveillance cameras at the concert caught Harrington getting turned away from several entrances as she tried to return to the conert. Later, witnesses told police they saw someone matching her description in a nearby grassy parking lot, and then walking on an adjacent road.
The morning after the concert, Harrington's purse and cell phone were found in that grassy field and later, her parents Dan and Gil Harrington, called police to report her missing.
Up until the day authorities received a call from an area farmer saying that he'd found remains on his property, Harrington's parents had held out hope for their daughter. The body was found about 10 miles from the concert site.
On a blog dedicated to finding their daughter, Dan Harrington wrote on Jan. 24, "3 months! Despite the length of time Morgan has been gone I remain hopeful. Part of me is waiting to be surprised. Waiting for God to pull the rabbit out of the hat and bring Morgan home."
Now Dan Harrington is speculating on who took his daughter. He told NBC's "Today Show" last week that his daughter's killer must have been from around Charlottesville.
"There is absolutely no way that a stranger to the area would know [the local roads and the farm]," said Dan Harrington. "It is someone who lives in the Charlottesville area."
Friends Believe Someone 'Bad' Got Harrington
Jill Helm, whose daughter Chelsea was one of "the nine" and who frequently had the group over to her Roanoke home, said Harrington must have bumped into an evil person.
"I think she went out to smoke and they wouldn't let her back into the concert and he got her out there," said Helm. "Someone who is as bad as all the crazy people in the world got her."
"Morgan had nothing to run from," said Helm. "Her friends and family are absolutely wonderful."


http://www.whas11.com/news/Friends-family-of-slain-Va-Tech-student-want-justice-83250552.html
avatar
Justice4all
Admin

Posts : 9745
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 42
Location : Michigan
Mood : Sleepy

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Snaz on Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:32 pm

Gil’s thoughts from January 31st

January 31, 2009 (I think they meant 2010)

Clouds were mottled, purple bruises over the Blue Ridge as we drove over Afton Mountain to reclaim the skelontinized remains of our precious daughter, Morgan Dana Harrington.

We had tried to prepare ourselves for this eventuality for three months, but the reality of it is sharp and disorienting. How could someone have erased so much of what Morgan was and reduced her to a jumbled heap of bones? What a waste, what a desecration, a gross injustice.

Who would ever have thought it would be mine to see every image of Morgan’s life – from her first faint shadows on fetal ultrasound to the gaping orbital hollows in her skull? An abomination to witness this ending.

And yet there is growing peace. We realize Morgan has been dead for some time. Perhaps even since the day of the concert, October 17, 2009. Morgan Dana Harrington has been at peace, beyond pain and suffering, knowing that brings us some peace also.

Once her body is restored to us and put to rest, we can finally begin the hard work of grieving and growing strong as a triangulated family. Bless all of you who have held us up on this journey. My Darling Morgan!

2 4 1

**

****

*


http://findmorgan.com/family-blog/gils-thoughts-from-january-31st

In case some of you are not aware, the '2 4 1' was something Morgan and her mother always said to each other....it stood for "I love you too much, forever and one more."

_________________

Updated 1/22/11
avatar
Snaz

Posts : 4972
Join date : 2009-07-11
Location : Florida
Mood : Whistling

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Julie on Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:33 pm

Snaz, that is really touching! I feel so bad for them.

_________________
This site feels like running free on a playground on a sunny day with the wind in your hair and the birds chirping around you!~~eva

Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of livin' is gone.~~~JM
avatar
Julie
Admin

Posts : 27870
Join date : 2009-10-14
Age : 28
Location : buying balloons for eva's 67th birthday
Mood : Musical

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Guest on Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:55 pm

Piper wrote:It gives me chills, too Julie. How heartbreaking for them to be standing over the remains of their daughter, the light of their life. George and Cindy Anthony were enjoying fine dining at the Ritz while others looked over Caylee's little bones, piece by piece. I'm not implying they should have been forced to see Caylee's remains and all of her personal belongings scattered about, but I think you know what I'm trying to say.

Wow, Piper... you really painted a vivid picture...You really put this in perspective of the kind of ppl this family is and where Morgan came from...

I bet the Harringtons have yet to eat a meal let alone indulging on anything special liked stuffed crab.

Your post made me think back to where I dont believe one time we have ever heard the Ants publically mourn Caylee and pray outloud for any justice. The only public "display" of grief we saw, was all for KC at the worst possible place...Caylee's memorial. It was more like KCs memorial where the Ants all collectively praised the obvious killer, and even asked for public support, and letters for their murderous daughter....

I cant imagine what the Harringtons, have gone thru and what lies ahead for them in any having any type of normalcy.. What I have seen is a beautiful family who prolly has never done an unkind, dishonest thing in their life, who have become inspiring heroes in my eyes...I believe this family will learn to be the best example of a triangular family, who was forced to find a way to regroup, and adapt, under the worst possible circumstances, and continue touching the lives of anyone they meet.

God Bless them all!
RIP Morgan

Guest
Guest


Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Justice4all on Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:13 pm

Investigators begin piecing together how Morgan Harrington died

Media General News Service
Published: February 1, 2010

It’s not yet for certain that Morgan D. Harrington was murdered.

Because the 20-year-old Virginia Tech student disappeared from an October concert at the John Paul Jones Arena, and because her skeletal remains were found in a pasture Tuesday, plenty of people are making the assumption that she was.

Much of the public is. Her parents are.

The police have said the case is “most likely” a homicide, and are investigating at full tilt.

The one source that can ultimately make her murder official, rather than widely presumed, is the medical examiner.

Police are eager to get their hands on information about cause and time of death. But they say they’re also busy working with what they have.

Officers have wrapped up their search for evidence at the sprawling Albemarle County farm on which Harrington’s remains were found, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

That means that now they’re interviewing people, waiting for scientific analysis of evidence they’ve gathered and combing through three months’ worth of information they’ve gathered, looking for connections.

New tips have continued to come in from the public, and authorities are investigating them, Geller said. Depending on what police are up to, anywhere from a core team of a few investigators to dozens of officers could be working the case, Geller said.

“Since the remains were discovered, our investigators have been working around the clock, literally around the clock,“ she said.


A VITAL CLUE

Former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt says one of the strongest clues police likely have is the spot where Harrington’s body was found.

Hundreds of yards from the nearest road, the pasture where farmer Dave Bass found Harrington’s skeletal remains isn’t a location anyone was likely to stumble across by accident, he said. It’s a point others, including Harrington’s father, have made.

Statistically, it’s likely that Harrington was abducted, raped and murdered, Van Zandt said.

If that’s the case, either someone came to Charlottesville knowing there was a Metallica concert and figuring there would be plenty of victims, or someone decided to commit a crime on the spur of the moment, he said.

“In this particular case, it’s, I think, ... just wrong place, wrong time, wrong everything, and somebody took advantage of her,“ he said.

Criminal profiler Pat Brown outlined a similar scenario as likely.

The last reports police have of Harrington the night she disappeared had her hitchiking on the Copeley Road railroad bridge at about 9:30 p.m. Brown thinks she climbed willingly into someone’s vehicle.

“That would lead me to believe that the person ... was not so creepy from looking at them that she would think” better of getting into the vehicle, Brown said.


THEORIES ON A KILLER

If Harrington was abducted and murdered, it’s unlikely the killer was a first-time criminal, Van Zandt said.

“Either way, the disposal site appears to suggest somebody from the local area,“ he said.

He added, “The killer or killers were either very lucky or very comfortable with the area.“

Brown reached a similar conclusion.

“In my experience, when you find somebody on the private property, then the person putting the body there knows it’s private property,“ she said.

The farm is west of U.S. 29, near its intersection with Red Hill Road, about 5.5 miles south of Interstate 64. Bass, the farmer, has said that to access the site through his farm’s front gate would risk notice from the two households on the property.

His neighbors have suggested that entering the area through Blandemar Farm Estates, a subdivision to the west of the site, might be easier, Bass has said.

Both profilers said the location is likely evidence of a very determined effort to keep Harrington’s body from coming to light.

Bass has said that it was only a combination of heavy snow matting down the grass before melting and his seat atop a tractor that allowed him to notice the remains.

Brown said that if Harrngton was murdered, the crime itself might not have taken very long, but disposing of the body would have been an as-long-as-it-takes task.

“It doesn’t have to be a picnic for a person who’s trying to find a place to hide a body,“ she said.


SCARY POSSIBILITIES

If Harrington was killed the way Brown thinks she was, the person who did it will be disposed to do it again, she said.

Van Zandt said people should try to remember anyone who went away suddenly after Harrington’s Oct. 17 disappearance, or who got rid of a vehicle or showed up muddy, disheveled or scratched on the hands or face. An excessive interest in the case is also cause for suspicion, he said.

Brown said that a killer would likely be someone who is a pathological liar, or has a bad attitude about women.

Virginia State Police are soliciting tips at 352-3467.

Brown also warned young women to be careful of sexual predators.

“Yes, it is true, we shouldn’t have human lions out there, ... but the fact is, they’re out there and they think of you as prey,“ she said


http://www2.wsls.com/sls/news/state_regional/article/investigators_begin_piecing_together_how_morgan_harrington_died/78258/
avatar
Justice4all
Admin

Posts : 9745
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 42
Location : Michigan
Mood : Sleepy

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Guest on Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:47 pm

If that was truly Morgan that was hitch hiking, then it wud appear to me that she knew her murderer...

The only way that she wud have left the grounds, seems likley that it was either by force, or with someone she knew...

If she left the grounds volentarily with someone she knew, the only way I cud see her needing to hitch hike out in the boonies, wud have been if this person and her had a falling out where he made her leave the vehicle where she had to make her way bak ...This person may have had a change of heart, after turfing her out, and come bak where he took her either by force, or she decided to get in, and he then killed her before anyone else cud pick her up...

For her to have been hitch hiking seems crazy. If she had have been assaulted or told to get out of the vehicle to make her own way home, one wud think she wud have been frantically trying to flag someone down as opposed to just hitch hiking on this bridge...especially knowing her purse and cell phone had been tossed in the lot beside the concert... It seems like taking her had to be violent, so why wud she be walking and not hysterical???

I suspect she wasnt hitch hiking. It seems like it makes more sense to think she had been outside smoking at the concert, where she either bumped into an acquaintance who tricked her to get into a vehicle, or was somehow forced into a strangers vehicle who was farmiliar with the remote area in which she was found...

Her friends account is so vague and hopefully they have been open with LE and are assisiting in every possible way.. They may unknowlingly have the information to lead LE to the perp..

For her to have been just liesurely hitch hiking from this bridge, then getting picked up by a perp, doesnt make any sense.. Why wud she had ever been in that area in the first place????

Hopefully the ME has enough to work with to be able to determione the cause, as well as get useful DNA...


Last edited by awaiting justice on Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:53 pm; edited 1 time in total

Guest
Guest


Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Guest on Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:49 pm

Has anyone seen a map to put a link here so to show the area of the concert ... the dirsction of the lot bside the concert was where her phone and purse were found........to the bridge area..... to where her remains were found, and what direction was this person hitch hiking in and at what time?

I wud really appreciate it..

Also, the phone cal that Morgan made to her firneds sounds like it may have been coerced...On account her cell was found close by and the same eving of the concert, it suggests that when she was taken, she was taken by force and someone wanted her frineds not worry about her for a while... also do we know if there was nay security person who cud corroboprate that she tried to get bak in? Also it wud be very telling to know if her ticket stub was found in her purse, or on her body when she was found... This wud be indicative that ths call was forced.. Hopefully they were able to get prints off her phone or purse..

Guest
Guest


Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Justice4all on Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:07 pm

I threw together a map real quick AJ. I hope it helps. You might want to click on the link to view this in a larger map. You can hold the left-click button on the mouse to scroll, and you can click + amd - to zoom in and out.


View Morgan Harrington in a larger map
avatar
Justice4all
Admin

Posts : 9745
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 42
Location : Michigan
Mood : Sleepy

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Guest on Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:14 am

Thanks tonnes J4A.....
After doing somemore reading on this sad case...

I am pretty convinced it was not Morgan that was on the bridge...

Hwer purse and cell phone (with battery removed) was found close by the concert hall where she had been spotted close by that area where her car was parked at about 9ish... it seems like she met her fate rightr there and then... prolly abducted in that parking lot and taken away...where he tossed her purse and cell....I think that the person who did this was prolly a stranger to her and someone very farmilair with that whole area..... it cud have been someone who was in the parking lot on the look out for a girl who was alone and easy prey.. Someone watching when there wasnt much ppl traffic during the concert... maybe someone even dressed up as security... whoever it was, Im glad to hear farticles that Morgan wud have faught tooth and nail...

I hope LE have crimestoppers or something where anyone who saw suspicious bruising and cuts on someone at that time, calls and reports it... Seems like for sure he is from that area... I pray there are prints and dna all over the crime scene and her purse and phone.;...

Hopefully LE are strating to receive lots of possible results...

Guest
Guest


Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Cali on Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:47 am

IT seems that the abductor had enough knowledge of new crime techniques to remove the battery from the cell to prevent any pings to help LE locate it. I don't believe this girl was thumbing a ride from a stranger...too risky. Possibly the perp wore a security guard uniform and promised Morgan that he would get her to a safe place to wait for her friends, etc.
avatar
Cali

Posts : 2968
Join date : 2009-10-21
Age : 80
Location : California
Mood : Happy

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Cali on Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:54 am

Such a contrast of grieving families...the obvious pain , honesty and cooperation of Morgan's parents compared to the publicity-hounds money-grubbing Anthony's.
It is very clear that Morgan came from a first-class family who loved her very much.
avatar
Cali

Posts : 2968
Join date : 2009-10-21
Age : 80
Location : California
Mood : Happy

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Cali on Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:59 am

If anything good can come from this, it would be a new law that bans the entry security personnel for concerts from automatically and unconditionally preventing someone who exited the gates from returning to their seat. There has to be more consideration given to a single gal who could face unknown threats if forced to remain outside of an arena.
avatar
Cali

Posts : 2968
Join date : 2009-10-21
Age : 80
Location : California
Mood : Happy

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Justice4all on Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:48 am

AJ, you might be right that she didn't make it to the bridge unless she turned around and started walking back towards the school. I updated the map with the approximate location where her purse and cell phone were found.

Not much about this case makes sense to me. It doesn't make sense that she would leave the arena without her ticket, and it doesn't make sense that she wouldn't call and ask her friends to bring her ticket to the entrance when she was outside. I also agree with Cali that it seems out of character for Morgan to be thumbing a ride from a stranger, and that something should be done to stop security from preventing somebody back into the arena just because they lost their ticket.
avatar
Justice4all
Admin

Posts : 9745
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 42
Location : Michigan
Mood : Sleepy

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Piper on Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:05 am

I also have to wonder how her friends heard their phone ring and were able to talk on a cell during a Metallica concert. Did the friend actually speak to Morgan, or was it a voice mail or text message? Kids that age tend to text more than call. I don't believe that was Morgan spotted on the bridge either. No girl, especially alone and locked out of a concert hall, would walk off without her purse and cell. The missing battery tells a lot, and I also hope there are prints and DNA.
avatar
Piper

Posts : 10277
Join date : 2009-07-12
Mood : Innocent

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Piper on Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:15 am

Thanks for the map, J4A. That is so very helpful. I just don't see her walking that far away. Does anyone know how many witnesses reported that they saw Morgan on the bridge?
avatar
Piper

Posts : 10277
Join date : 2009-07-12
Mood : Innocent

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Dis on Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:20 pm

I am hoping the motion detector camaras in the area where she was dumped may have picked something up. Hopefully they record as well as detect....so sad...no one is safe, anywhere.

Cali~I don't understand how she got locked out. Why would she leave the arena anyway. Anything she could possibly need would be INSIDE the arena.

I agree with everyone else, it doesn't make sense that she would go as far as that bridge. Somethings not right.
avatar
Dis

Posts : 1540
Join date : 2009-10-13
Age : 47
Location : Somewhere in fantasy land havin a blast with Jules and eva :)
Mood : Sick 1

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Guest on Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:04 pm

I believe the person who said they ssaw her on the bridge also said she had a scarpe or injury on her chin...

If this is the case, I believe that her autopsy should pick up any contusions, or abrasions specifically on her chin. Im not sure if the decompostion and skeletonized bones will give the results but heres hoping...

Her parents are clearly pretty sure it was her on that bridge...

If that was really her, it wud implicate that she had already been attacked (cell phone and purse on the lot at the arena) so why wud she be hitch hiking, and not running in the street looking for help frantically???

I have gone searching on the net in an effort to find staements LE have made about any factual account... There is so many conflicting stories, its hard to know what was said by LE if anything at all...

I did see an entry in the Raonoke paper where LE say that a conversation took place between Morgan and her frineds where Morgan said she cud not get bak in and wud find her way home ...I believe LE have not stated who generated the call.... her frined that she attended the concert was Amy Melvin also her roomate, and the 2 went to Cozet to pick up another friend off Campus and her boyfriend..

It is also reported that they used AMys car to pick these 2 up and that the boyfriend drove the car to the concert and still had Dana's keys the next day....

It is also reported that Mr Harrington said that her purse and cell phone where spotted by someone the next morning and that her cell phone had the battery top off, and he said it cud have even popped off had it been dropped... It does not specifically say whther the battery was recovered or not... I got the impression that it was...why wud he say that if the battery was gone???

If this is true then it seems very strange that Dana didnt drive her car to the concert unless she was impaired... If she was impaired I cant believe for one minute that her friends (who it is claimed she talked too at 8:48) wud be ok with her "making her way home" without her car and all by herself at night at a concert... unless she was a known "partier" drug taker, drinker....along with her friends.

If this is true, It is believed that Mr Harrington found out Dana was missing when he called Amy the next day afternoon to find out where Morgan was as she was not there to study.... He called them...

Clearly, we dont have very many of the facts and who knows if there is any real truth to what we think we know...

There have been several ppl that came forward reciting their account of seeing Morgan and all describing her to be impaired or at least abnormal in certain ways and some say she was with a group of a few guys..

It is believed that she was close by the RVs in a parking lot and this was also close to where her purse and phone were found... this was at about "9:10

We dont know if securtiy can or has corroborated that they did see her and that she was refused reentry.. From a few accounts it sounds like if it was Morgan, it was a heated attempt at the door...

The real sad part is that if she was imparied and her frineds left her to fend for herself from previous experiences, it is a shame and also believeable. If she was not a known partyer, or drug taker, then the whole account with the frineds is very baffling... Why wud she ok with not being abe to get abk in and leaving her car with her friends where she wudnt have had the keys??

I am holding out hope that her friends have come clean with everything about Morgans state of mind and their party habits and that they have cooperated 100 percent..I am wondering if the partying is true and her behavior where someone even suggested agressive.. is true.. I guess it is possible that when Morgan gets out of it, her friends let her go off and do whatever ....and that in the past she has alwys made out OK, with getting home.. On the otherhand, if she was acting this way, where it was out of character, then one wud think the frineds wud have been way more diligent in taking care of their friend..Amy and morgan have been best friends since gr 6, and drew up together..

It is said that this friends boyfrined (who had her keys) is not considered a suspect...

here is the link to this info where agains I say its hard to know what is fact or misconstrued info...

"Police have confirmed that a friend inside the concert had driven Morgan’s car and still had her keys."
http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:ck92oH5QnXIJ:www.readthehook.com/blog/index.php/2009/11/15/concerned-witnesses-before-hitching-morgan-harrington-caused-worry/+dana+%22amy+melvin%22+roanoke+8:48&cd=18&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca

Guest
Guest


Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Piper on Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:21 pm

AJ, thanks for the info. I had read information also that Morgan had been drinking all day, but I couldn't find anything to substantiate it to be the truth. And that her friends had her keys and had driven to the concert. That made me think maybe she had been drinking. But what bothered me, that her good friends didn't check on her later? Or even the next morning? I read on a CNN article today that her friend had called Morgan's cell at 8:48pm.
So I was looking at J4A's map, where she was spotted in the parking lot, then where her purse/cell were found. And how far away the bridge seemed.
avatar
Piper

Posts : 10277
Join date : 2009-07-12
Mood : Innocent

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Piper on Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:49 pm

The area where her purse/cell were found near the track field seems like it would be very dark and desolate at night. And, if her parents truly feel like that was Morgan on the bridge over the railroad tracks, maybe it was really her. I also hope her friends have given up all they know, although I don't believe they had anything to do with her disappearance, they could still hold some clues as far as patterns, etc.
avatar
Piper

Posts : 10277
Join date : 2009-07-12
Mood : Innocent

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Guest on Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:04 pm

Piper... I saw the article on CNN too about Amy being the one to call Morgan..then on Roanoke Local news.. they say Morgan called her... I cud not find any statement from LE elaborating on who called who..

The only thing I saw from a presser interview in transcript, was that LE said that the Amy and Morgans friend's boyfriend had Morgans keys as he was the one who had driven her car load, and he still had the keys in his possession the next day...They also said he was not a suspect...

I doubt the friends were involved either, and after seeing so much on several different ppls accounts of seeing Morgan that night, if they are true, it almost sounds like she was wasted...I wonder if she may have habitually got wasted and exibited this kind of behavior where her friends became "used to it", Apparantly, they seemed to be pretty passive with her leaving to go and smoke alone, and then not being able to get bak in, without any of them putting up any kind of argument or coming to her aide.....

If this described behavior was out of characater, i cant see how the friends wud have been "OK" with her getting her own way home...it seems weird for one person in a group to go out for a smoke alone ..It is said that the policy at the arena, is that if you leave, you cant come bak in, even with a ticket stub....I ccant beliveve this wud have been a new rule... You wud think that someone in her group had been to this venue before where they shud have known the rules and what wud happen if you leave... why someone didnt go with her, and the fact that the friends didnt seem too worried about her, almost makes me think this was (typical) behavior of her when she was partying...

I agree that this RV place should have been dark and desolute but I get the idea that it must have been well lit with groups of ppl here and there..as there were eyewitness reports of ppl seeing her in that area...sayigh she was within a group and also standing alone.

If the guy friend, volentarily had her keys.. i cant see why she was in that area where the parking lots were, unless it was to party with either strangers or acquaintences.. It was told by some eyewitnesses that the RV area was the party place where many ppl were parked and partying... It is kind of sounding like she was definitley out of her better judgement and this area is also beside the empty lot where her purse and cell phone was found... If she went in to the wrong trailer she cud have met up with her murderer where she may have been killed right on the grounds, then put in a vehicle, where her belongings were tossed out the window on the way to the buriel area that he put her in.. This cud have taken place by the middle of the night...The ppl in these RVs cud be either locals or visitors... One thing is good and thats the reward... Is it still available for info leading to an arrest???? Someone has to know something and that money will hopefully motivate someoe to talk.... I hope LE has asked the locals in that area to think about who they may have seen around that time with weird unexplianed faciail and extremity wounds...

Does anyone know how many minutes walking distance, the concert is from the bridge..?

Guest
Guest


Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Piper on Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:44 pm

John Paul Jones Arena
295 Massie RoadCharlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 243-4960

1. Head northwest 128 ft
2. Turn left toward Copeley Rd/Co Rd 302 66 ft
3. Turn right toward Copeley Rd/Co Rd 302 105 ft
4. Turn left at Copeley Rd/Co Rd 302 174 ft
5. Continue straight to stay on Copeley Rd/Co Rd 302 0.2 mi

Bridge Where Morgan Was Last Seen Alive
avatar
Piper

Posts : 10277
Join date : 2009-07-12
Mood : Innocent

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by sitemama on Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:00 pm

If my calculations are correct, that would be 1,529 ft.

A mile being 5,280 feet, that would be a little over 1/4 mile, right? It shouldn't have taken too long to walk that distance.

_________________
"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven" -----Henry Ward Beecher
avatar
sitemama
Admin

Posts : 29798
Join date : 2009-07-09
Age : 76
Location : Caldwell/Catawba County, NC
Mood : Praying

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Justice4all on Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:37 pm

Your calculations are correct sitemama. The bridge wasn't very far at all. The directions on Google maps say it's about a 7 minute walk from the arena.

I don't know all the circumstances of that day, but if I was at a concert with a friend who got locked out, I would leave the concert if I had to. Whether my friend was high, drunk, or sober, I would not want to leave him or her outside looking for a ride home from a stranger.
avatar
Justice4all
Admin

Posts : 9745
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 42
Location : Michigan
Mood : Sleepy

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by sitemama on Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:13 am

Especially if she was high or drunk!! She didn't need friends like that.

_________________
"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven" -----Henry Ward Beecher
avatar
sitemama
Admin

Posts : 29798
Join date : 2009-07-09
Age : 76
Location : Caldwell/Catawba County, NC
Mood : Praying

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Justice4all on Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:08 pm

Harrington’s death ruled a homicide

MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE
Published: February 3, 2010
Updated: February 3, 2010

The chief medical examiner’s office in Virginia has determined that Morgan D. Harrington’s death was a homicide.

The office said Tuesday that it has no further information on how the 20-year-old Virginia Tech student was killed.

State police officials treated the search for Harrington as a criminal investigation, and had previously said her death was “most likely” a homicide. The ruling from Richmond made that official.

Harrington’s mother, Gil Harrington, said she hadn’t yet heard the official determination Tuesday evening. Harrington’s parents have been saying for months that their daughter was murdered.

“It is extraneous,” she said. “We have known since day one that this girl was taken.”

She added, “After seeing her body, it was clear that she has been dead for a long time, and you know she did not just have a heart attack. She was a young, healthy woman. It’s clear. She was taken and she was killed.”

Harrington disappeared Oct. 17 from a Metallica concert she was attending at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena.

She left the concert and her friends and in, a phone conversation, told her friends she would make her own way home.

Police have reconstructed a timeline of her movements near the arena, but the picture ends abruptly at 9:30 p.m., when she was seen hitchhiking on the Copeley Road railroad bridge.

In the months after her disappearance, hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement officials searched the surrounding area.

Her remains were found Jan. 26 in an Albemarle County cow pasture, about 10 miles south of where she was last seen.

After the discovery, police combed the area where her body was found.

The medical examiner was quickly able to confirm the remains were Harrington’s with dental records her parents provided.

State police have said they hope to learn the cause and time of death to further their investigation.

They are still soliciting tips about Harrington’s disappearance at 352-3467.

Harrington’s family has announced that a memorial Mass will be celebrated in memory of her life at 3:30 p.m. Friday at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Roanoke. The service is open to the public.

A reception will follow at the Hotel Roanoke.

Her parents ask that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to send a gift make a donation to:

The Morgan Dana Harrington Memorial Scholarship at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; mail to Virginia Tech, Attn: Gift Accounting, University Development (0336), Blacksburg, VA 24061; or

Orphan Medical Network International, which provides medical care in Africa; mail to 6930 Empire Lane, Roanoke, VA 24018.


http://www2.starexponent.com/cse/news/local/article/harringtons_death_ruled_a_homicide/51596/
avatar
Justice4all
Admin

Posts : 9745
Join date : 2009-07-02
Age : 42
Location : Michigan
Mood : Sleepy

Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Guest on Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:03 pm

Here is an article I found that desribes the timeline.. There are a few pic of the rv lot (which was reportedly lit up that night) along with where her purse was found and the bridge...

Here is the article and not sure how reliable it is and here is the luink if you want to see the pic..

http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:_Zs_uz23RCgJ:www.readthehook.com/blog/index.php/2009/10/28/on-the-bridge-morgan-harrington-last-seen-over-train-tracks/+bridge+purse+%22morgan%22&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca


The young woman whose disappearance during an October 17 Metallica concert touched off a national search was last seen on a bridge around 9:30 that night near busy Ivy Road. The information came in a Wednesday morning press conference in Charlottesville in which State Police Lieutenant Joe Rader expressed hope that a newly detailed timeline would provoke additional clues from concert-goers and other witnesses.

“Perhaps you saw someone stop a vehicle,” said Rader. “Perhaps you saw this young lady get into a vehicle. Somewhere out there lie the answers or lies the vital link.”

Rader described the timeline, pieced together from witness interviews, as fairly accurate, but he noted that it changed within the 30 minutes before the press conference began— and that it remains subject to further refinement, particularly since some witnesses were not wearing watches.

“We believe that what happened from 8:30 to 9:30 is very relevant,” Rader said, adding that subsequent info is also important. “Nothing is too trivial. If you think you saw something, let us determine after interviewing you the relevancy of that.”

Rader said that Harrington was last seen walking on the bridge that carries Copeley Road over the CSX/Buckingham Branch railroad tracks, a site adjacent to the RV Lot. The Lot is where Harrington’s black purse with two long straps was found, and Rader indicated there were other people nearby who must have seen Morgan.


The red dot marks the RV lot where Morgan’s purse was found.
HOOK GRAPHIC
“We need those people to contact us,” said Rader. “We don’t have all the information we need from the Charlottesville area. We believe those answers are around here.”

The dominant use of the rail line running under the bridge is the slow— at least in that stretch— westbound return of empty coal and grain cars returning from Tidewater ports, although the line is also used for the three-days-a-week run of the Cardinal passenger train.

Declining to answer questions, Rader also qualified the following timeline as based on interviews with people who saw someone matching Harrington’s description near the John Paul Jones Arena, which reportedly adhered to its no-reentry policy by barring Harrington after she left, ostensibly in search of a bathroom.


UVA spokesperson Carol Wood confirms that a mobile light, like this one installed for the October 31 football game against Duke, was operating in the RV Lot during the Metallica concert.
PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER
He urges tipsters, who may remain anonymous, to call at 434-352-3467 or email State Police.

8:20 - 8:30 - Harrington outside Arena at front and the side facing U-Hall

8:30-8:48 -Harrington at various locations outside arena

8:48 - friend calls and offers other entry door suggestions, but Harrington says she’ll try to get a ride home from “friends around Charlottesville”

8:48 - 9:00 - Harrington still in the Arena area
9:00 - 9:10 - Harrington walking with purse through U-Hall parking lot “around” and “walking in the same direction”— but not necessarily “with”— other people
9:10 - 9:20 - Harrington in the RV Lot with “limited interaction” with witnesses
9:20 - some witnesses leave in vehicles
9:20 - 9:30 - Harrington walks on the Copeley Road bridge near Ivy Road

Guest
Guest


Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Guest on Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:17 pm

I have been searching to find out if the witness who saw her on the bridge, noticed if her purse was with her?? I have found conflicting info... LE of course are tight lipped... Also was she said to have been hitcjhiking away from the arena or towards it???

If she was going away from it with her purse, it wud seem weird that the person who took and threw her in that field, wud have hung on to her purse . That wud mean that he didnt toss it with her remains. If he didnt notice it was in his car, then that wud mean that he wud have retunred to the rv area and then ditched it by the lot..? That doesnt make much sense ... !!

If she didnt have her purse on the bridge and looked like she had blood on her chin, then you wud think she wud have already been accosted/struggled with...maybe just for her purse..

I wonder if there was any money found in her purse the next morning or if any other valuables were missing??..

Im starting to wonder if its possible that she met with 2 different assaults that night? Sounds very odd that she cud have had 2 seperate attacks.. one for her purse and the other for her life.

If she was mugged lets say by a group she met at the RV area, and was socializing hanging out..if she was totally smashed, it wud be a flag for some punks to realize that they cud take her purse and run....then toss it in that lot as they were running... they likely wudnt want her phone as that wud get them caught.. and the dad said that the battery lid was off the phone and he said that the lid may have fallen off the back of the phone from the impact of being tossed.. (I am not sure if that was only wishfull thinking) and I have not been able to find in any article whether the battery was there or not..

If she was mugged, she wud have been without her purse and phone and cudnt call anyone..She may have aimlessly been walking and hitching a ride, where she wud have met with the second perp and murderer, who never had to deal with the purse as it may not have been on her, and alsready discarded by the first punks..who were unrelated?? ..Lets face it ..if punks mugged her purse and tossed it, they wud never come forward in fear of being accused of the murder..

I hope metallica throws another 100k in to that fund to help get someone to talk.. I doubt it wud make a dent in their wallets..Someone knows something.. maybe even a suspicious spouse

Guest
Guest


Back to top Go down

Re: Morgan Harrington -- Found Deceased 1/26/10

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 2 of 4 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4  Next

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum