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Author Topic: VA Tech Student Morgan Dana Harrington missing since 10/17/09#1 10/19/09-7/1/10  (Read 665848 times)
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« Reply #280 on: November 07, 2009, 01:29:47 PM »

Thanks to everyone for their updates. I have been watching this closely, but haven't had anything to add. But I do read here and I'm praying for the searchers and for Morgan.  an angelic monkey
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« Reply #281 on: November 07, 2009, 05:33:40 PM »

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 #282 on: November 07, 2009, 07:21:41 PM »

http://www.nbc29.com/Global/story.asp?S=11463317Harrington Search Moves Into Day Three
Posted: Nov 07, 2009 4:26 PM CST Updated: Nov 07, 2009 4:40 PM CST

Day Two of a volunteer ground search for Morgan Harrington turns up no new leads. Friends and complete strangers joined the Saturday search for the missing 20-year-old Virginia Tech student.

More than 500 volunteers combed through wooded areas around the Copeley Street bridge, University Hall, and the John Paul Jones Arena. That's where Harrington was last seen three weeks ago tonight outside a Metallica concert.

Many volunteers say finding Morgan is close to their hearts.     

Parent volunteer Shelly Preddy says, “This is something so many of us can relate to.  You know there's a lot of parents out here, that’s what I’m seeing, a lot of parents , they can only imagine what they're going through, and then there's a lot of people her age."

The search will continue Sunday. The Laura Recovery Center is coordinating everything from the Department of Forestry office on Natural Resources Drive.

The recovery center has a very specific protocol at the end of each search day.    A debriefing team goes over the details of what was found, where it was found, people's gut feelings about the area they searched, and if they think it should be gone over again.

That information is then shared with investigators so police can take a closer look at anything of interest.

Anyone wishing to participate in the search efforts is asked to meet at the Department of Forestry office on Natural Resources Drive Sunday, November 8th at 9 a.m.

Take a look at these pictures of Morgan Harrington. If you have information that can help police call the tip line at 434-352-3467. There is a $150,000 reward.

This is the only photo shown in the article.Prayers for Morgan.   an angelic monkey
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« Reply #283 on: November 07, 2009, 07:23:12 PM »

Thanks KCJackie.   an angelic monkey
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« Reply #284 on: November 08, 2009, 06:40:01 AM »

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/225543

Sunday, November 8, 2009
Clues elusive in Charlottesville search for Morgan Harrington, but hope lingers
Volunteers will continue a search of Charlottesville today.

By Matt Chittum
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CHARLOTTESVILLE  The scene was idyllic -- green fields, white fences, sunshine, a breeze and such quiet that you could hear the hiss of shoes on dry grass.

A beautiful setting for what was a grim task: a search for anything to help tell the story of what happened to 20-year-old Morgan Harrington on the mid-October night the Roanoke County woman disappeared from outside a Metallica concert here.

Six women and 10 men lined up across the edge of the field Saturday and began to walk slowly and methodically, eyes down, scanning left and right and left again. There was a sense of expectation, and a little fear.

"You want to find clues, but fear finding something ... how you don't want it to turn out," said Susan Rohm-Briggs, 40, pausing to choose her words.

Yet, in a search like this, finding nothing is one definition of success.

"We want to be able to go back and say, 'We've looked there and there's nothing there,' " said their volunteer leader, Carolyn Shuckerow, 26, an information technology manager for a McClean defense contractor.
The team was one of dozens sent into the field Saturday on the second day of a massive three-day search for Harrington. It was organized by the Texas-based Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children, which has put together some 90 similar searches since 1998.

A search on Friday by 360 volunteers in 36 teams turned up nothing that proved to be of value to the investigation, but Harrington's mother, Gil, placed value on the elimination of a square mile of area around the John Paul Jones Arena as a place that has now been thoroughly searched.

The search has value beyond finding clues, said Bob Smither, who founded the Laura Recovery Center in memory of his 12-year-old daughter who was abducted and killed.

It both gives the Harrington family hope, and relieves a pent-up desire in the community to help, he said.

Harrington's disappearance has gripped the emotions of both the residents of her hometown and of the place where she went missing.
Olimpia Gocan drove from Roanoke with her husband to join in the search for just that reason. Organizers said Roanoke was very well represented among the searchers.

"We're just trying to do a little more than just pray," she said. "It just feels like a little more of an accomplishment."

Diane Rohm-Dean, a Charlottesville resident out searching Saturday, said anywhere she drives with her 15-year-old daughter, they find themselves asking aloud, "I wonder if they looked there?"

"Every blond-haired girl you see walking down the street, 'Is that her?' " echoed Rohm-Briggs, her sister.

Both hoped to bring some form to their vigilance by joining Saturday's search. The two found themselves in a field next to St Anne's-Belfield School, where Rohm-Dean's daughter is a student -- a juxtaposition Rohm-Dean found unsettling.

They were told to call "Stop!" if they noticed anything that didn't seem to belong. About 20 minutes into their search, George Bowling, a 39-year-old construction worker who had had rotator cuff surgery Friday, called out.

At his feet was a half-eaten dinner roll.

"It's just weird to see a piece of bread in a field," he explained.
Shuckerow used four sticks and a roll of pink tape to make a brightly marked perimeter around the bread for later investigation.

Others found mostly litter.

"Remember, she was wearing a lot of jewelry necklaces and rings," Shuckerow called out.

At the far end of the field, the team delved delicately into a line of cedar trees and brambles.

"This isn't pretty," Shuckerow told them. "It might hurt, but let's focus everywhere."

Nothing.

On the return sweep, Shuckerow tagged some odd depressions in the grass and mud, thinking they could have been made by a woman in heels.

"It's a little boring," Shuckerow told her crew, "but if you find something, it's worth it."

After more than two hours scouring the field and brush, the team found nothing else. The things they marked didn't warrant further investigation by police.

By 1:30 p.m., as the team was finishing up, 55 teams of 10 had already been sent into the field, and 15 had returned.

Smither, of the Laura Recovery Center, said police had investigated a few found items, but deemed them unimportant.
Smither was unconcerned. Nearly every search his group has led has turned up something of value for investigators. And this search will carry on even after today, the last day of the major effort.

Part of the value of a search like this, Smither explained, is that it leaves behind a body of people in the local community who have the training to carry on after the recovery center organizers have gone home.

Currently, two searches in California and Washington are still going on months after getting started, he said.

Harrington's parents said they were moved by the outpouring of help.

"We are givers. To receive in such magnitude is overwhelming," Gil Harrington said.

Three weeks after their daughter disappeared, the couple expressed a clear-eyed view of what success and failure look like in this search.

"The worst scenario is if we don't find her," Dan Harrington said. "There's nothing worse than if there's no closure."

"Before we had this search, I realized we may not have a happy ending," Gil Harrington added. "I hope we have modeled a way of reacting to a crisis in a positive way. That would not be a bad legacy to have.
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« Reply #285 on: November 08, 2009, 08:29:37 AM »

http://www.amw.com/missing_persons/case.cfm?id=68876
Morgan Dana Harrington
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Parents Hope Search Party Finds Clues
Reported missing after a Metallica concert Virginia Police are asking the public to come forward with any pictures or video that might have coincidentally captured Morgan on film Morgan Harrington overview



Reported missing after a Metallica concert, Virginia Police are asking the public to come forward with any pictures or video that might have coincidentally captured Morgan on film.

Dan and Gil Harrington, parents of Morgan, announced a renewed search beginning November 6th. But this time, instead of just police, the party will be comprised of volunteers.

The search begins anew in Charlottesville at 9am Novmber 6th, and continues throughout the weekend.

Morgan's parents are encouraged by volunteers' efforts, "This search effort is yet another example of the outpouring of kindness toward Morgan and out entire family that continues to give us all hope" says Dan.

Dan and Gil Harrington, the parents of missing Virginia woman Morgan Harrington, recently established the Find Morgan Fund.

The fund will defray the increasing costs of the rapidly-expanding search for Morgan, who disappeared over two weeks ago.

Any unused funds will be donated to other families involved in missing persons
cases.

On October 17, 2009, Morgan Harrington and a friend drove from Virginia Tech to James Madison University, where they picked up a third friend.

From James Madison University, Morgan and her two friends drove to the University of Virginia, where they planned to attend a Metallica concert.

But once inside the John Paul Jones Arena where the venue was held, Morgan lost touch with her friends.

Later that evening, Morgan's whereabouts were still unknown.

On October 18, the very next morning, Morgan's parents reported her missing.
Cops: Check Your Camera For Missing Student

Since Morgan's disappearance, the Virginia State Police have been generating leads and looking into tips from the public, but none have lead to Morgan's recovery.

Now, police are asking people who attended the concert to check their cameras, cell phones, or any other recoding devices.

Police believe someone may have accidentally captured Harrington on film.

If so, this could be a major break in the investigation.
According to the "Find Morgan" website detailing the student's disappearance, Metallica has donated $50,000 to the reward; the total stands at $150,000. Thus far, police haven't announced any major leads in the investigation.
The Search Continues

On Wednesday, October 21, several days after Morgan's disappearance, University of Virginia Police and the Virginia State Police held a press conference in order to discuss the progression of the case.

The departments announced that they have thoroughly searched the area around the John Paul Jones Arena, including Davenport Field, Klockner Stadium, and the woods surrounding these areas.

As a result of their efforts, police have recovered some of Morgan's possessions.

"We have a purse and we have a cell phone. We have a missing girl," said Lt. Joe Rader. "Those are the facts. We need to draw conclusions based on tips and other facts that surround the situation that particular evening."

Police are still urging the public to check media devices, such as camera, cellphones and video cameras that may have captured an image of Morgan.

At the press conference, Lt. Rader also stated, "This is a missing person investigation. It is, however, being handled from the methodology of a criminal investigation. Why would we do that? Because we still have not located the victim. We do not know whether she is alive or has met some kind of ill fate."
Thus far, investigators have not collected any evidence or information suggesting that criminal conduct may have transpired.
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« Reply #286 on: November 08, 2009, 11:47:27 AM »

http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/69368767.html



Updated: 5:20 PM Nov 7, 2009

UPDATE: Autumn Leaves and Terrain Complicate Search
Hundreds of Volunteers Continue Search


The foot search for Morgan Harrington continues but volunteers say the large amount of leaves and rough terrain makes the search difficult.

Posted: 9:17 AM Nov 6, 2009
Reporter: Jessica Jaglois
Email Address: Jessica.Jaglois@newsplex.com

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 First Day of Community Search   

Story  3 Comments  Video Font Size:    Saturday November 7, 2009

Today is day fourteen in the search for Morgan Harrington. Around 600 volunteers showed up to conduct foot searches around Charlottesville.

However, search officials say there are 50% more leaves on the ground than there were two weeks ago when Morgan first went missing. The amount of foliage complicates the search.

Chriss Ross drove in from Roanoke to help. "There are tons of leaves," Ross says. "You didn't want to kick them for fear you'd cover something else up. But then you couldn't see under them either."

Volunteers said the rough terrain also made the search more difficult. Many walked through swamps, brush and forest searching for clues.
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November 6, 2009

The first day of a three-day volunteer search for Morgan Harrington focused on a variety of locations on the western edge of Charlottesville.

CBS 19 reporter Liz Palka walked with a group searching an area on Observatory Hill on the University of Virginia grounds.

Other groups went to the Copeley Street bridge area where Morgan was last seen nearly three weeks ago.

Morgan's parents, Dan and Gil Harrington, are monitoring the weekend-long effort from the police command post at the Virginia Department of Forestry facility off Fontaine Avenue.

Gil Harrington told CBS 19 that just seeing all the volunteers eager to help was giving her strength.

More than 200 people came out to search through the wooded areas in Charlottesville. Some of the volunteers know Harrington personally, others came because they went to Virginia Tech. Rick Vari says Morgan Harrington interned with him and he is a long time friend of the family. Vari is holding out hope they will find Morgan safe.

"We can cover all this area," said Vari. "As long as we don't find her, then we've got a chance to find her some place else."

Charlottesville resident, Beth Saunders, is a Virginia Tech alum and her daughter is a sophomore at the college. She came out to search because she could not imagine being in the Harrington's shoes.

"I just feel like one little person," said Saunders. "But, if you get a lot of one little persons, maybe we can all do something to help."

The next search will begin at 9 AM on Saturday. The Laura Recovery Center is coordinating the search. Search leaders encourage more volunteers to come out.

The Laura Center also asked people in Charlottesville to check rental properties, storage units, sheds, boats and anything that has not been visited in a while. They want to be sure they check everywhere and anywhere Morgan could be.

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« Reply #287 on: November 08, 2009, 11:51:46 AM »

I don't know how much truth there is to it, but this is a comment posted on FB.

I just read through some of the earlier posts and everyone needs to realize that searchers are told to not speak about certain things that are seen/found. We have to keep in mind that this is an ongoing investigation! A lot of times the perpetrator will place themselves back in the scene to see how much the police know.... As far as the boot, shirt, and bra found behind BelAir Market, at this point it has not been confirmed, so right now that is only hearsay. I heard a lot of things at the search yesterday, but we need to respect LEs right to NOT release their info to the public, we want them to find her!
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« Reply #288 on: November 08, 2009, 11:57:17 AM »

I don't know how much truth there is to it, but this is a comment posted on FB.

I just read through some of the earlier posts and everyone needs to realize that searchers are told to not speak about certain things that are seen/found. We have to keep in mind that this is an ongoing investigation! A lot of times the perpetrator will place themselves back in the scene to see how much the police know.... As far as the boot, shirt, and bra found behind BelAir Market, at this point it has not been confirmed, so right now that is only hearsay. I heard a lot of things at the search yesterday, but we need to respect LEs right to NOT release their info to the public, we want them to find her!

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« Reply #289 on: November 08, 2009, 12:28:23 PM »

I don't know how much truth there is to it, but this is a comment posted on FB.

I just read through some of the earlier posts and everyone needs to realize that searchers are told to not speak about certain things that are seen/found. We have to keep in mind that this is an ongoing investigation! A lot of times the perpetrator will place themselves back in the scene to see how much the police know.... As far as the boot, shirt, and bra found behind BelAir Market, at this point it has not been confirmed, so right now that is only hearsay. I heard a lot of things at the search yesterday, but we need to respect LEs right to NOT release their info to the public, we want them to find her!
Thanks, I saw that also, and that dogs picked up her sent at this market.
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« Reply #290 on: November 08, 2009, 01:36:47 PM »

"Remember, she was wearing a lot of jewelry necklaces and rings," Shuckerow called out.
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When they were first asking the public for the " have you seen her " it might have been productive for them to release this info along with a picture of the shirt she was wearing. Or a picture of the type of boots.
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Kind of late in the day for this stuff to just be coming to the forefront as far as I am conerned.
I can undertand that they don't want to release any info that might tarnish the girl's reputation or her family's, but what she was last seen wearing or what state of mind she was in might have been helpful.
She was out there in some sort of distress ( facial injury ) , no car keys, overdrawn checking account, it was getting colder, she was wearing boots with high heels ? and I think someone came driving back to the campus and thinking he was a Good Samartian she made a mistake and went with a wrong person.
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And, since I am in a pizzed mood, why does her family come across to me as being wierd ? They have a lady minister living with them ? They hold back information or give out the wrong information like the car and who was driving and go thru their four, two one thing which seems very affected and pseudo arty and totally inappriate at this time. Says it was common for her to take the battery out of her cell with no explanation blah blah blah.
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« Reply #291 on: November 08, 2009, 02:20:59 PM »

"Remember, she was wearing a lot of jewelry necklaces and rings," Shuckerow called out.
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When they were first asking the public for the " have you seen her " it might have been productive for them to release this info along with a picture of the shirt she was wearing. Or a picture of the type of boots.
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Kind of late in the day for this stuff to just be coming to the forefront as far as I am conerned.
I can undertand that they don't want to release any info that might tarnish the girl's reputation or her family's, but what she was last seen wearing or what state of mind she was in might have been helpful.
She was out there in some sort of distress ( facial injury ) , no car keys, overdrawn checking account, it was getting colder, she was wearing boots with high heels ? and I think someone came driving back to the campus and thinking he was a Good Samartian she made a mistake and went with a wrong person.
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And, since I am in a pizzed mood, why does her family come across to me as being wierd ? They have a lady minister living with them ? They hold back information or give out the wrong information like the car and who was driving and go thru their four, two one thing which seems very affected and pseudo arty and totally inappriate at this time. Says it was common for her to take the battery out of her cell with no explanation blah blah blah.

I'm with you on everything you said. I'm wondering if perhaps Morgan and one of the friends may have gotten into an arguement and that is how she ended up outside. 20 year olds maybe arguing about a guy perhaps.
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« Reply #292 on: November 08, 2009, 03:31:43 PM »

My compliments to everyone updating this thread through the weekend regarding the searches, etc.

This was posted on the blinksite, I found the date very interesting.

From Susanm, blinkposter:

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My most important advice--get there early! We attended a rock concert there recently. We got within one mile of the arena, then hit heavy traffic. It took us 45 minutes to travel that one remaining mile! Traffic was chaotic as people cut off others, made right turns from left lanes, etc. We saw no local police to help the traffic situation, although two patrol cars were parked at a Taco Bell. So, if your event starts at 7:00, plan to arrive by 6:00 at the absolute latest. The arena has no large-screen televisions (jumbotrons). Our seats were in the lower part of the upper deck; there were no ushers, so there were lots of folks milling about trying to find the correct row and seat numbers. View was good until some folks decided to stand in the aisles and platform areas. Again, no ushers to control the crowds or to enforce the no smoking rules. Restroom facilities were no where near large enough for the crowd present. This arena will not be my first choice in ...‎ More »
 


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« Reply #293 on: November 08, 2009, 04:00:31 PM »

Thanks Blink. 
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« Reply #294 on: November 08, 2009, 06:18:32 PM »

That concert venue didn't sound safe at all.No telling what happened to Morgan.   
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« Reply #295 on: November 08, 2009, 06:20:21 PM »

http://www.wtkr.com/news/dp-va--missingvatechstud1108nov08,0,7932331.story
Weekend search for Va. girl turns up empty

By the Associated Press

November 8, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A weekend search for clues in the disappearance of Morgan Harrington produced more hope than new information.

More than 500 volunteers in Charlottesville combed a 3-square-mile area from Friday through Sunday, looking for some indication of what happened to the 20-year-old Virginia Tech student.

Harrington was last seen Oct. 17 after she became separated from her friends at a Metallica concert.

The search was organized by the Texas-based Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children.

Bob Smither, who founded the center after his daughter was abducted and killed, says the search has value beyond clues.

Smither says it gives Harrington's family hope and offers the community a chance to help.
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« Reply #296 on: November 09, 2009, 02:59:57 AM »

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Search for Morgan won’t take ‘anything for granted’By Bryan McKenzie
Published: November 9, 2009

At 9 a.m. Sunday — just as they did Friday and Saturday — volunteers 18 and older with photo ID and comfortable clothes searched for Morgan Dana Harrington.

Ms. Harrington is the 5-foot-6-inch, blue-eyed, blonde-haired, 120-pound Virginia Tech student for whom most of Central Virginia’s law enforcement agents have been looking since she walked out of an Oct. 17 concert at the John Paul Jones Arena and never came back.

“At this point, this is our priority: We’re going back and looking at tips,” Virginia State Police Lt. Ann Barber said as police wrapped up a separate search last week near the State Farm Insurance headquarters on Pantops. “We’re deploying all of our resources. If you get an idea, we’ll look at it.”

Speculation abounds

Ms. Harrington’s disappearance has made her famous. She’s the subject of Internet conjecture where folks speculate that she is involved in a romantic liaison, suffering amnesia or the victim of an 18- to 35-year-old male sexual predator.

She’s the topic of psychic dreams involving letters and dates, license plates and car descriptions, and visions of the young woman alive but embarrassed by the media circus and afraid to come out of hiding. Others have predicted her demise through alcohol poisoning.

She’s the subject of community concern: Adam Swan, of direct mailer Charlottesville Valpak, and Tim Walker, of Valpak of Shenandoah Valley, are planning to distribute fliers reminding postal patrons of Ms. Harrington’s disappearance. This after hundreds of volunteers searched for three days.

Her story is every parent’s nightmare. It’s the haunting source of worry for Norma Parson, a Daily Progress newspaper carrier who believes she saw Ms. Harrington on the Lawn at the University of Virginia the morning after she walked out of the concert.

“I was doing my papers at 3:45 in the morning [Oct. 18] and I was making a decision as to how I wanted to put the papers out,” Mrs. Parson recalled. “I noticed all of this noise going on to the right of me and I see this young lady, all in black with long blonde hair, and she was leaning against the wall with this tall boy with curly hair and two shorter boys nearby.”

It wasn’t the first time Mrs. Parson has seen a bunch of kids somewhat intoxicated and hanging out at too-dang-early on the Lawn. In fact, it’s a common occurrence, so she thought little about it.

“I turned to go up the steps to Pavilion V and I noticed as I put the papers in the mailbox that they were coming toward me,” Mrs. Parson recalled. “She was near me, not on the other side or in the middle, but she was next to me. I saw her face and I’m a painter and I draw faces when I can’t even see them, so I remember faces. It was hers.”

As Mrs. Parson took care of newspaper business, the woman walked up the steps right next to her.

“She put her foot on the steps where I was and she looked up at me and I noticed her legs: They were long and white and she had no fat on them. Then I thought, ‘What in the world is she wearing!’”

A mini-skirt with no stockings and high boots, Mrs. Parson recalled.

Still, she thought nothing of it. Remember, kids out too late — or early — aren’t rare on the Lawn and neither are Gothic vestments. But when she saw a picture of Morgan Harrington in the paper a few days later, she thought about it, a lot.

Standard procedure

Mrs. Parson has told her story to police and local media and Ms. Harrington’s parents, but said she has heard nothing back from detectives. She said she has not been asked to pick out the boys she saw in a lineup, although she said she remembers their faces well.

Detectives said they checked out her story and are continuing to do so, but have not contacted her for further follow-up. That, they said, is standard procedure.

Meanwhile, state police, police dogs, search and rescue personnel and volunteers from across the area have searched for days in a computer-driven pattern to look for the missing woman.

“We want to find her and she is a priority,” Lt. Barber said Wednesday. “We’re checking out everything. We’re not taking anything for granted.”

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« Reply #297 on: November 09, 2009, 06:23:39 AM »

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/225645

Monday, November 9, 2009
Search for missing VT student Morgan Harrington reveals nothing new
The search Sunday in Charlottesville for Morgan Harrington yielded no new leads, authorities said, but those involved said they remain optimistic.

Harrington, 20, of Roanoke County is a Virginia Tech student last seen Oct. 17 at a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the search produced a couple of articles of clothing, none of which appeared relevant. She said police didn't find any significant clues or build on any possible leads.

Bob Smither of the Texas-based Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children said that more than 600 volunteers participated in Sunday's search. He said teams started in the morning and searched for two to four hours until there was no more daylight. Smither said much of the search was done on "challenging" rural terrain.

"This is certainly not the end of the search for Morgan," Smither said.

He said the Laura Recovery Center was able to train a number of volunteers, whom they will continue to support as the search continues.

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Charlottesville search for Morgan Harrington yields no substantial clues
by Chiara Canzi, November 9th 09:36am

Nearly 1,600 people came out to search for Morgan Harrington, the missing Virginia Tech student who disappeared on Saturday, October 17 around the John Paul Jones Arena (JPJ).

Harrington’s parents announced the search in a news conference last week. For three days, volunteers scoured the area near the JPJ, University Hall and Copeley Street Bridge, where Harrington is thought to have last been seen.

Small groups of volunteers were also seen closer to Downtown, around the Walker Square apartment complex.

The search was organized by the Laura Recovery Center, a Texas-based organization.

According to the Newsplex, the three-day search didn’t yield any new information.
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Search for Missing Metallica Fan Morgan Harrington Nets No Clues
Posted on Nov 9th 2009 11:00AM by Chris Harris
Over the weekend, hundreds of volunteers rummaged through wooded areas, searched footpaths and scoured a square mile of area described as "challenging rural terrain" around the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va., searching for any trace of missing Metallica fan Morgan Harrington, who hasn't been seen or heard from in three weeks, when she vanished from Metallica's Oct. 17 concert. Unfortunately, their efforts turned up little in the way of actual clues or hard evidence.

Still, Harrington's mother, Gil, found a silver lining to the negative news: Now, investigators can eliminate the search area as having been thoroughly combed. According to Bob Smither, founder of the Texas-based Laura Recovery Center, the search may not have yielded any leads, but does provide the Harringtons with hope and mitigates a pent-up desire in the community to help.

Over the course of the entire weekend, more than 1,400 volunteers participated in the search. "We don't want anyone to give up hope," volunteer Jill Siegel told reporters. "We want [the Harringtons] to know that we are here for them."

On Nov. 9, the last day of the volunteer search, 360 people split into 36 teams to rake through the wooded area. Police told reporters they examined several items brought back by volunteers, but the objects were deemed irrelevant.
The Harringtons said they were overwhelmed by the showing of support, and that at this point, all they're looking for is some sort of closure. "Before we had this search, I realized we may not have a happy ending," Gil Harrington explained. 'I hope we have modeled a way of reacting to a crisis in a positive way. That would not be a bad legacy to have."

Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech junior, has been missing since she was separated from friends during the Oct. 17 concert. After ending up on the outside of the arena, where there is a no re-entry policy, Harrington called her friends to say she'd try to get her own ride home. The blue-eyed blond was last seen in black boots, a black mini-skirt, and a Pantera shirt.

Last week, Metallica's Kirk Hammett spoke about Harrington's case. "We are staying positive that she will be found soon," he said. "We are all hoping for the best and praying for her and her family. We all have children and as parents ourselves, it's our worst nightmare for a child to go out and not come back home. We empathize with that greatly, so we are doing what we can to help find her. We are staying positive."
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