The following started as the search for a missing person, but ended tragically--with authorities determining that the victim was murdered.
I have been reading about the case and hope to offer my perspective in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, here is a summary.
On October 17, 2009, 20-year-old VA Tech student Morgan Dana Harrington attended a Metallica concert with friends in Charlottesville, VA.
During the opening act, she reportedly told friends that she was going to the restroom. A short time later when she had not returned to her seat, one friend called Morgan's cell phone. Morgan answered and told the friend that she had inadvertently walked out of the concert venue and security would not let her return.
Camera footage at the concert viewed later by police showed her unsuccessfully trying to get back into the seating area.
She told her her friend not to worry and that she would find her way home.
They never saw her again.
The following day, Morgan's purse was found in an overflow parking area near the concert arena. Her cell phone was with the purse, but the battery had been removed.
Massive searches were organized, and authorities evaluated several possible sightings of the missing woman.
Morgan was not located.
On January 26, 2010, a property owner checking fencing at the Anchorage Farm found Morgan's body. The recovery site is described as rural (700+ acre farm), is about 10 miles from where the woman vanished, and is over 1.5 miles from the closest road.
In April of that same year, police confirmed that a shirt found a mile from the arena had been matched to the missing woman.
This missing person case sadly became a sexual assault and murder investigation.
The case remains unsolved, but authorities still hope to find new information.
Evidently, forensics tests in this case match to another unsolved crime--a kidnapping and rape in Northern Virginia. The released person of interest information is that he is described as a black male, 25 to 35 years old, approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build, with black hair, a beard and a mustache.
A sketch of the individual can be seen here.
In memory of their daughter, the Morgan Dana Harrington Educational Wing was constructed at a facility for orphans in Zambia, Africa and a memorial scholarship was established at VA Tech.
You can read more about Morgan and the good work being done by her family by going here to the Find Morgan website.
My prayers are with the victim's family, and I'll have more on this case soon.
For more of my posts on those missing, you can go here.