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« Reply #260 on: November 05, 2009, 10:58:29 PM »

http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=10271
Volunteer Search for Morgan Harrington Begins at 9 a.m. Friday

November 5, 2009 — The volunteer search for Morgan Harrington, the Virginia Tech student who has been missing since Oct. 17, will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the Virginia Department of Forestry Building.

The search is being organized by the Texas-based Laura Recovery Center.

Volunteers should come to the Forestry Building, 900 Natural Resources Drive, in the Fontaine Research Park. The search will continue Saturday and Sunday.

Registration is continuous, so volunteers are welcome to arrive throughout the day.

To participate in the search, all volunteers must:

* be at least 18 years old;
* present a valid ID card;
* wear long pants and comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes;
* abide by the search confidentiality and safety rules.

Sunscreen, hats, gloves and walking sticks are also recommended.
For additional information, visit the FindMorgan Web site.

DIRECTIONS: The Forestry Building is located in the University of Virginia Fontaine Research Park off the US-29 Business North-University Hospital exit.

From the north: Washington, D.C.: Follow Route 29 South into Charlottesville (Albemarle County). Continue southbound on Route 29. Take the Lynchburg/Staunton 250 West exit. Take the third exit - there is signage for Fontaine Research Park. Turn left (crossing under Rt. 250). Turn right at the lights onto Ray C. Hunt Drive into the Fontaine Research Park.

From the south: Lynchburg: Route 29 North (toward Washington, D.C.). After passing under I-64, take the second exit - there is signage for Fontaine Research Park. Turn right at the lights onto Ray C. Hunt Drive into the Fontaine Research Park.

From east or west: Richmond or Roanoke: From I-64 take exit 118B. Take the first exit - there is signage for Fontaine Research Park. Turn right at the lights onto Ray C. Hunt Drive into the Fontaine Research Park.

Once you have turned into the Research Park, take the first right at the top of the incline and follow the road, which turns into Natural Resources Drive, for a half mile until you reach the Forestry Building.

Thanks for the info, Trimm.  I hope there is a good turn out of volunteers. an angelic monkey
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« Reply #261 on: November 05, 2009, 11:43:04 PM »

http://www.readthehook.com/blog/index.php/2009/11/05/hundreds-turn-out-for-harrington-search/

Hundreds turn out for Harrington search
by Courteney Stuart
published 10:29pm Thursday Nov 5, 2009 

Write a letter to the editor A major search effort to find Morgan Harrington launches Friday morning, November 6, and continues through the weekend.


The Jefferson Room at the Cavalier Inn Best Western at the corner of Emmet Street and Ivy Road was filled to capacity tonight— and then some—  as hundreds of Charlottesville residents and out-of-towners registered for a weekend search for Morgan Harrington, missing since an October 17 Metallica concert at John Paul Jones Arena.

The search is being organized by the Laura Recovery Center, a nonprofit search agency founded by the parents of Laura Kate Smithers, a 12-year-old Texas girl who was kidnapped while jogging and murdered in 1997. In addition to Morgan’s parents, Dan and Gil Harrington, various law enforcement agencies are helping coordinate the search.

This weekend’s searches will  begin Friday morning, November 6, at 9am. Interested volunteers, who do not need to have attended the pre-search presentation, should meet at the Forestry Center at 900 Natural Resources Drive behind the Fontaine Research Park. Would-be searchers must be 18 or over and have valid identification.

Laura Recovery Center founder Bob Smithers, father of Laura, spoke at the hotel, just blocks from where Morgan was last seen on Copeley Bridge, to the hundreds of assembled volunteers– so many the presentation had to be given twice.

Groups of 10 will be assigned as-yet-to-be-determined search areas, he explained; any possible evidence discovered should not be touched. Volunteers are invited to show up throughout the day, as their schedules allow. The last groups will likely be sent out no later than 3pm.

“Our only priority,” said Smithers, “is finding Morgan.’

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« Reply #262 on: November 06, 2009, 12:10:52 AM »


http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=162224546575#/topic.php?uid=162224546575&topic=10516&start=30&hash=1fc3cfaf0136955eea5e895856e375cb

Post #53 Darlene Keith Via wrote29 minutes ago

UP DATE: At the meeting tonite an elderly couple got up and said they saw Morgan that nite on UVA Campus with 3 guys walking. They said it was near the Rotunda and Going towards the Dorm area.
Funny thing is at 3:30 or so in the morning the News Paper Delivery Person stated also that she saw Morgan with 3 Guys on Campus. That tells me that 3 people saw her with the same guys and the same area that she was probably headed to their "place" where ever that is. Her friends have said all along that she told them she could get a way back. I do believe these guys or at least one or two of them she "Knew" or maybe her brother knew.
The elderly couple said they called to report this and no one returned their call so they came to the meeting to complain and finally get to tell someone what they saw. Sounds like this could be something and if it is I hope she is still with these guys and OK. ! Maybe scared and the guys are overwhelmed now because they are scared about their future. We will see how this plays out. Just wanted to pass this along for what it is worth. Take Care.
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« Reply #263 on: November 06, 2009, 02:39:23 AM »

UPDATED SEARCH INFO

THE VOLUNTEER SEARCH PARTY MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED!
On November - 6 - 2009
 
 
Please be advised the meeting location for the Morgan Harrington Volunteer Search Party has changed for November 6-8th. Volunteers must now meet at the Department of Forestry located at:

900 Natural Resources Drive
Charlottesville, Va. 22903

Searches will begin this weekend at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, must provide photo identification, and are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothing. PLEASE NOTE: Volunteer opportunities include search efforts, paperwork, flyer distribution, food services, and much more.

The location for the community meeting scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Thursday, November 5th will remain at the Cavalier Inn’s Jefferson Room in Charlottesville. Information about the search process and procedure will be provided to volunteers at this time. PLEASE NOTE: The community meeting is NOT mandatory to volunteer for the search this weekend.

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« Reply #264 on: November 06, 2009, 05:24:13 AM »

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/225305

Friday, November 6, 2009
Large turnout expected in Charlottesville search for Morgan Harrington
Organizers say as many as 1,000 could turn out to search for the missing Virginia Tech student.

By Rex Bowman
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CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Organizers of a three-day search for missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington said Thursday night they anticipate up to 1,000 volunteers could show up here today for the kickoff of the effort. But despite the expected turnout, they are continuing to urge residents around the state to converge on Charlottesville to take part in the search for any trace of the Roanoke County woman.

Thursday night, more than 300 volunteers arrived at Charlottesville's Cavalier Inn, not far from where the 20-year-old was last seen Oct. 17, to attend a meeting at which organizers briefed them on the logistics of the massive search. Organizers hope to have teams of volunteers out in the neighborhoods, back streets and wooded areas of Charlottesville from 9 a.m. until dark today, Saturday and Sunday.

Though police have repeatedly searched the area where Harrington disappeared, leaders of the community search said they will be able to expand the search area to a one-mile radius by Sunday evening if the anticipated volunteers show up.
"We just know there will be a lot of people," said Janice Liggett, volunteer coordinator for the Laura Recovery Center, which is organizing the search. "We're expecting a thousand. And if not Friday, then Saturday." The expectation that people will come from across Virginia to take part in the search prompted organizers to change the assembly area for volunteers to a larger site. The new assembly area is at the Virginia Department of Forestry headquarters at 900 Natural Resources Drive, and organizers hope volunteers can show up as early as 9 a.m. on each of the three search days.

"We should be able to cover an awful lot of ground," said Bob Smither, co-founder of the Laura Recovery Center. "It's a numbers game. We are looking for the needle in the haystack." The Texas-based center was founded in memory of Smither's daughter, who was 12 when she was abducted and murdered. The center works to help find missing children.

Harrington vanished during a Metallica concert she was attending with friends at the John Paul Jones Arena when she went to a restroom and ended up outside the building, unable to get back in. In a cellphone conversation with her friends, she told them she might try to find a ride home with friends in Charlottesville while they stayed and watched the show.

She was last seen south of the arena on the Copeley Road bridge about 9:30 p.m. Her purse and cellphone, minus its battery, were found in a grassy parking area nearby the next day.

Smither said volunteers will be sent out in teams of 10 to scour different areas of the city, starting with the Copeley Road bridge. Each team will likely spend between two and four hours searching before returning to Natural Resources Drive to report in.

Harrington's parents, Dan and Gil, attended the Thursday night briefing and thanked volunteers for their help in searching for their daughter. "We are so humbled in seeing the people who have come out to help us," Dan Harrington said. "She is out there somewhere. Someone has had to have seen something."

State police have received about 350 calls on the agency's tip line at (434) 352-3467, and a reward of more than $150,000 has been established for information leading to the location and recovery of Harrington.

She has blue eyes and blond hair, stands 5-foot-6 and weighs 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black miniskirt, a black T-shirt with the name of metal band Pantera across the front, black tights and black knee-high boots.
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« Reply #265 on: November 06, 2009, 05:24:55 AM »

Thanks for the updates KCJackie.
Prayers for Morgan.   an angelic monkey
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« Reply #266 on: November 06, 2009, 07:29:53 AM »

UPDATED SEARCH INFO

THE VOLUNTEER SEARCH PARTY MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED!
On November - 6 - 2009
 
 
Please be advised the meeting location for the Morgan Harrington Volunteer Search Party has changed for November 6-8th. Volunteers must now meet at the Department of Forestry located at:

900 Natural Resources Drive
Charlottesville, Va. 22903

Searches will begin this weekend at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, must provide photo identification, and are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothing. PLEASE NOTE: Volunteer opportunities include search efforts, paperwork, flyer distribution, food services, and much more.

The location for the community meeting scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Thursday, November 5th will remain at the Cavalier Inn’s Jefferson Room in Charlottesville. Information about the search process and procedure will be provided to volunteers at this time. PLEASE NOTE: The community meeting is NOT mandatory to volunteer for the search this weekend.


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« Reply #267 on: November 06, 2009, 08:53:43 AM »

http://www.whsv.com/news/headlines/69364362.html
Posted: 7:50 AM Nov 6, 2009
New Search Efforts Underway for Morgan Harrington
The search for Morgan Harrington is moving in a different direction. She's been missing for nearly three weeks.
Reporter: Ed Drantch
Email Address: edrantch@whsv.com
The search for Morgan Harrington is moving in a different direction. She's been missing for nearly three weeks.

The Harrington family is working with representatives from the Laura Recovery Center, an organization based in Texas, to search for Morgan.

The Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children was created by a man who's daughter was kidnapped and murdered. Now, the organization, along with Virginia State Police and dedicated community volunteers will start scouring areas of Charlottesville, in an emotionally charged fight to find Morgan Harrington.

Valley resident Nakia Robinson has been drawn to the mysterious case of Morgan Harrington since it hit the airwaves. She'll be working closely with other volunteers to help find Morgan.

"I don't know whether something happened that night and she fell and hasn't been found, or somebody kidnapped her...you know, you don't know," Robinson said.

The last place Morgan Harrington was seen was on October 17 at a Metallica concert in Charlottesville. Eerie, Robinson says, since her nephew was at that very same concert.

"It's scary, it's actually very scary, because you realize how close it hits to home and it could happen anywhere," said Robinson.

As temperatures fall and time remains on the opposing side of the search, Robinson says assisting with this process is something that simply needs to be done.

"I just feel compelled to go, there's so much information, but yet there's a lack of information and I just want to be there, I want to be part of it," says Robinson.

The Harrington family hopes public appeals with victims of similar instances and the six-figure reward will help bring their missing daughter home.

This search effort will run until Sunday. The Harrington family will join volunteers on the hunt for their daughter, who they say, needs to come home.

State police are still looking for clues, so if you have any information, you're asked to call them at (434) 352-3467.
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« Reply #268 on: November 06, 2009, 09:42:58 AM »

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« Reply #269 on: November 06, 2009, 11:47:41 AM »

America’s Most Wanted to Air Segment on Morgan HarringtonOn November - 6 - 2009
 
 The national television program, America’s Most Wanted, will discuss the search for Morgan Harrington on Saturday’s program.

The program begins at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, and Morgan’s information will appear shortly after 9:30.

America’s Most Wanted airs nationally on FOX and is instrumental in developing new investigative tips. Please be sure to tell your friends and family about the segment. Thank you!

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« Reply #270 on: November 06, 2009, 01:13:48 PM »

Thanks Trimm and Jackie. Praying for Morgan
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« Reply #271 on: November 06, 2009, 01:14:22 PM »

20 search teams now in field in Harrington search
By Rex Bowman

First posted: 10:30 p.m. / Updated 12:04

So far, the search leader indicated, nothing has been found.

The searchers were told specifically to be on the lookout for a distinctive gold necklace that Harrington, who grew up in Roanoke County, had been seen wearing before her Oct. 17 disappearance while in town to see a concert by the band Metallica at the John Paul Jones Arena.

The search teams also were instructed to alert authorities immediately if they came across any potential evidence and to avoid touching anything they found that might be germane to the investigation.

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« Reply #272 on: November 06, 2009, 03:05:03 PM »

http://www.nbc29.com/Global/story.asp?S=11443589
Volunteers Search for Morgan Harrington
Updated: Nov 06, 2009 11:22 AM CST

Hundreds of volunteers from throughout Virginia and beyond, some armed with photos or search dogs, are combing areas near the University of Virginia. They're looking for any clues that might lead to the whereabouts of 20-year-old Morgan Harrington. Harrington disappeared from the Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones arena on October 17th.

The Laura Recovery Center is organizing the search for Morgan. It's a national organization that specializes in bringing police, volunteers, and families of missing people together to help in search efforts. Hundreds of volunteers came out to an organizational meeting for the search Thursday night. The weekend search effort is being coordinated at the Department of Forestry office at the Fontaine Research Park in Charlottesville. Gil Harrington, Morgan's mother, tells NBC29 that all of the volunteers "gives them hope".

Volunteers are being sent out in small groups to comb the areas near the arena and the surrounding area. Volunteer search teams will be sent out until 3 PM on Friday, then from 9 AM to 3 PM Saturday and Sunday as well. Volunteers over the age of 18 are welcome to help out. You just need to bring a photo ID as well as good hiking shoes.

Stay with NBC29 and nbc29.com throughout the day for more developments on the search for Morgan.

Reported by: Tracy Clemons
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« Reply #273 on: November 06, 2009, 04:17:50 PM »

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2363142/morgan_harrington_still_missing_search.html
Morgan Harrington Still Missing: Search Continues Around John Paul Jones Arena
November 06, 2009 by
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Virginia Tech Student Disappeared Outside Metallica Concert October 17
The search for missing Virginia Tech student 20-year-old Morgan Harrington continued in Charlottesville, Virginia, Friday when 450 people voluntarily registered to help in the efforts to find the college student who went missing
outside John Paul Jones
Morgan Harrington Still Missing: Search Continues Around John Paul Jones Arena
Date: November 6, 2009
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 Arena during a Metallica concert on October 17. Laura Recovery Center, a rescue and recovery organization based in Texas, coordinated the effort which will include various law enforcement agencies as well. According to WTVR in Richmond, the search will begin at the John Paul Jones Arena and fan out, covering as much ground as possible over the weekend.

Morgan Harrington was last heard from via a cell phone conversation she had with her girlfriends at the Metallica concert. She had somehow managed to get outside the arena in search of a restroom, apparently not knowing that once she left, the John Paul Jones Arena has a no re-entrance policy. She told her friends that she would either wait for them until concert's end or she would find a way home. Harrington's girlfriends waited several hours but when she didn't appear or answer her phone, they went home without her. Her father, Dan Harrington, filed a missing person report when she didn't show up at his home the next day for a planned study session for a test and her girlfriends told him they had not seen her since the Metallica concert.

A passerby found Morgan Harrington's purse and cell phone the next day outside the John Paul Jones Arena. The cell phone was missing its battery. But the timeline on the missing college student was extended to 9:30 p.m. when a witness told police that they saw a young woman fitting Morgan Harrington's description walking alone near the Copley Road bridge, which is a short distance from the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.

At first having little to go on, Virginia State Police reported that the number of leads in the case has swelled to 350. It is unclear if the $150,000 in reward money, including a $50,000 donation from Metallica, had an impact on the number.

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« Reply #274 on: November 06, 2009, 05:55:07 PM »

http://www.nbc29.com/Global/story.asp?S=11460071
Harrington Search To Continue Through Weekend.
Posted: Nov 06, 2009 4:32 PM CST Updated: Nov 06, 2009 4:32 PM CST
Morgan Harrington has now been missing for 20 days.  All Friday, people who have never met her searched for her.

The volunteer searchers fanned out from the Copely Street Bridge, where she was last seen.

"We're just so grateful for all the community support that has been given to our family in the search for Morgan," says her father, Dan Harrington.

Every volunteer was given specific instructions.

"Once they go out and search and they come back, and we gather any information they may find out in the field, we pass all this back to law enforcement," says Laura Recovery Center founder Bob Smithers.

The volunteers all have different reasons for getting involved.

"I have an 18 year old daughter, first year in college.  I know, based on what I've seen, that if I was in the Harringtons' shoes they'd be out here volunteering and doing what I'm doing," says Marc Powell of Charlottesville.

It may be symbolic, but the police don't have the manpower to get out and do this sort of thing.  the community does.  I think it's just a show of respect for somebody who might be in trouble.

State Police Lieutenant Joe Rader says the police investigation will benefit from this effort-"It'll be something else the police can look at and say 'ok we've looked in this area, the volunteers have looked in this area, the team leaders have looked in this area and it's something else to eliminate.'" 
The Harringtons say seeing so many people who care gives them hope.

"There are moments when we do have despair and this has given me more strength to deal with this.  It's the relationships and the community that we have that has held us up so far, and will continue holding us up, and will find our daughter Morgan," says her mother Gil Harrington.

More volunteers are welcome.  If you'd like to join in, you can go to the Department of Forestry building.  Searching is scheduled to begin Saturday and Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.
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« Reply #275 on: November 06, 2009, 11:56:48 PM »


Thank You Trimm.
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« Reply #276 on: November 07, 2009, 08:03:10 AM »

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/225432

Saturday, November 7, 2009
Search for missing VT student Morgan Harrington finds no new leads
The volunteer effort to find a missing Virginia Tech student resumes this morning in Charlottesville.

By Rex Bowman
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CHARLOTTESVILLE -- A massive search by 360 volunteers Friday apparently turned up no new leads in the disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, but organizers said they will return to the job today and Sunday.

Volunteers from across Virginia turned out to take part in the search across 2 square miles of Charlottesville.

Working in teams of 10, they formed lines to walk through woods and up and down slopes. They peeped into culverts, peered under parked cars and poked through piles of leaves with sticks. They also looked into the windows of abandoned homes and climbed through the underbrush of some of Charlottesville's woollier neighborhoods.

Each team spent between two and four hours scouring the area assigned to it, and some teams went out more than once. The Texas-based Laura Recovery Center, which organized the three-day search, anticipates as many as 1,000 people could repeat the effort today.
Harrington, of Roanoke County, has been missing three weeks. The 20-year-old vanished from an Oct. 17 Metallica concert here, and though investigators and her family continue to speak publicly of their hopes of finding her alive -- the possible victim of an abduction -- search organizers let volunteers know early Friday that might not be the case.
If at any time during your search you smell an odor of decay, you need to try to determine if you can find the source of that odor," Dawn Davis of the recovery center said at the Virginia Department of Forestry headquarters building, which had been turned into a makeshift "Morgan Search Center."

"If the worst has happened and you come across Morgan, you need to stop immediately -- notify your team leader," Davis said.

But the daylong search turned up no trace of Harrington. Bob Smither, co-founder of the Laura Recovery Center, said 360 searchers in 39 teams combed about 2 square miles of the city. One team found tattered pieces of black fabric near the track where Harrington's purse was recovered, but he said it would be difficult to call it a significant find. "The state police warned us when we started this that we were going to find all kinds of clothes."
Harrington was wearing an all-black outfit, including black tights, when she disappeared. Her purse and cellphone were found the following day in a grassy parking area on the southeast edge of the Lannigan Field track. The black fabric -- possibly torn pieces of clothing -- was found at the north end of the track.

Chelsea Helm, a 21-year-old Tech student and friend of Harrington's, was among those who participated Friday. "You want to do whatever you can to get information and accomplish something instead of just sitting around," said Helm, of Roanoke County, explaining why she left Blacksburg at 6 a.m. to get to Charlottesville to help with the search.
Volunteer searchers started streaming into the Department of Forestry headquarters shortly after 8 a.m. Among them were search-and-rescue teams from across the state. Organizers lectured the volunteers on how to mark items that might be evidence and told them to look in particular for a necklace Morgan was wearing that had three large chain links in front. State police investigators had not mentioned the necklace previously.

Before she went missing Harrington had gone to the restroom but ended up outside the John Paul Jones Arena, unable to re-enter. In a cellphone conversation with her friends, she told them she might try to get a ride home with friends in Charlottesville. She was last seen about 9:30 that night walking on the Copeley Road bridge, just south of the arena.

Harrington, who has blue eyes and blond hair, was last seen wearing a black miniskirt, a black T-shirt with the name of metal band Pantera across the front, black tights and black knee-high boots.

Police searched the area around the bridge and arena several times without luck. But those who participated in Friday's hunt said they were hopeful the intense volunteer effort would help find Harrington.
"When you get a large pool of people from the community, a large group of people, they can do so much more on the ground than the police can do," said volunteer Jon Guillot of Charlottesville.

The Laura Recovery Center, founded in memory of Smither's daughter, who was 12 when she was abducted and slain, hopes to have a 3-square-mile area searched by the end of the effort late Sunday.

Harrington's mother, Gil, spoke to volunteers who had gathered in a briefing room before they set out on Friday's search, thanking them for their help. "People are so good," she said. "I also recognize there is evil in the world. But, as is obvious in this room, there's more good, and good will prevail."
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« Reply #277 on: November 07, 2009, 09:48:20 AM »

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« Reply #278 on: November 07, 2009, 10:46:33 AM »

 an angelic monkey Prayers for Morgan, her family, and everyone searching for her.
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« Reply #279 on: November 07, 2009, 11:13:00 AM »

350+ sign up for new Morgan Harrington search

http://www2.wsls.com/sls/news/state_regional/article/new_search_effort_for_morgan_harrington_begins/60473/


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