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« on: October 19, 2009, 03:24:10 PM »

Police Seek Virginia Tech Student Missing for 2 Days



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Police are looking for a Virginia Tech student who has been missing since Saturday.
University of Virginia Police say 20-year-old Morgan Dana Harrington was last seen near the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, where Metallica held a concert that night.

Police say Harrington was wearing a black T-shirt with "Pantera" across the front in tan letters, a black mini skirt, black tights and black knee-high boots.



She has long blonde hair, blue eyes, is 5-foot-6 and weighs about 120 pounds.

Anyone who has seen her or has knowledge about her whereabouts is asked to call U.Va. police at (434) 924-7166 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (434) 924-7166      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (434) 924-7166      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2009, 08:26:31 PM »

http://www2.dailyprogress.com/cdp/news/local/article/parents_plead_for_tech_students_return/47660/

Parents plead for Tech student’s return
 
Harrington was last seen at around 8:40 p.m. Saturday during the Metallica concert.

By Brian McNeill
Published: October 19, 2009
 
The parents of a missing Virginia Tech student urged their daughter to come home.
“If Morgan is out there and can hear this, please come home,” Dan Harrington, father of missing 20-year-old Morgan Dana Harrington of Roanoke County, pleaded at a press conference in Charlottesville on Monday.

Harrington was last seen at around 8:40 p.m. Saturday during the Metallica concert at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena.
During the concert, Harrington was separated from her friends and has not been seen since. Her parents reported her missing the following afternoon.
It is unusual that Harrington - a junior education major at Virginia Tech - would disappear in such a fashion, her mother said.
“This is not her typical behavior,” Gil Harrington said. “This is a girl who calls home almost every day and asks things like, ‘How do you make macaroni and cheese.’ And I tell her to read the box.”

At Monday’s press conference, held in front of the UVa Police Department’s headquarters, Virginia State Police Lt. Joe Rader said investigators are treating the situation as a missing person case.
“We have no evidence that a crime has been committed,” Rader said.
According to police, Harrington and a friend traveled from Virginia Tech to meet a friend at James Madison University to meet a third friend. They then drove to Charlottesville to see the Metallica show at JPJ.
Harrington was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with “Pantera” written on the front in tan letters. She also was wearing a black mini skirt with black tights and black knee-high boots. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Police said that Harrington does not have her identification card or cell phone with her, though they declined to elaborate.
Rader also said that investigators are not searching for Harrington’s car because she rode in a friend’s car when they went to the concert.
Anyone with information regarding Harrington is asked to call Virginia State Police at 352-3435 or by e-mail at bci-appomattox@vsp.virginia.gov . UVa police can be reached at 924-7166.


 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 





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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009, 04:14:45 AM »

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/223121

Search for Tech student under way
Morgan Harrington of Roanoke County went missing Saturday night in Charlottesville.
By Shawna Morrison

Tuesday, October 20, 2009




Police continued to seek help Monday in finding a Virginia Tech student from Roanoke County who went missing during a Metallica concert in Charlottesville on Saturday night.

Morgan Dana Harrington, 20, was last seen near John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, according to University of Virginia police.

She had gone to the concert with Amy Melvin, her roommate in Blacksburg, and another friend from James Madison University. Harrington drove.

Melvin said Harrington went outside before Metallica took the stage. She said she wasn't sure why.

"Everyone assumed she'd be coming back," said Amanda Melvin, Amy Melvin's older sister and a friend of Harrington's. Friends and family still haven't heard from Harrington, she said.

Amanda Melvin said Harrington's purse and cellphone were found outside the stadium and her car was still in the parking lot. She said Harrington wouldn't abandon her friends there.

Amy Melvin said she and Harrington have been friends since they were in sixth grade at Northside Middle School.

Harrington is a junior education student at Tech. She's a 2007 graduate of Lord Botetourt High School, according to the school's yearbook. She transferred from Northside High School after the academic year ending 2006, said Chuck Lionberger, spokesman for Roanoke County Public Schools.

She and Melvin, who attends New River Community College, live off campus.

The Rev. Diane Scribner Clevenger, pastor to Harrington's parents, Dan and Gil Harrington, spoke for the family Monday.

"Morgan stays in contact with Dan and Gil every day," she said. She said it was unlike Harrington not to be in touch with her parents.

Clevenger said Harrington's parents are in shock. She said they left early Monday morning for Charlottesville.

Dr. Dan Harrington is the associate dean for clinic and regional integration at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, scheduled to open next fall. He has been with Carilion Clinic since 1990.

Friends created a Facebook group -- called "Help find Morgan Dana Harrington" -- to help spread the word that Harrington was missing.

Amanda Melvin said friends want to help in the search but aren't sure what to do. She said she thought about forming a search group to help look for her. For now, they are forwarding her information and photo to everyone they can.

"Sitting here while Morgan is out there missing isn't a very good feeling," she said.

Harrington was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with "Pantera" across the front in tan letters, a black miniskirt, black tights and black knee-high boots, police said. She has long blond hair and blue eyes, is 5 feet 6 inches and weighs about 120 pounds.

Virginia Tech police have been contacted by UVa police and are assisting with the investigation into Harrington's disappearance, Tech police Chief Wendell Flinchum said.

Anyone who has seen Harrington or has knowledge about her whereabouts is asked to call UVa police at (434) 924-7166


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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2009, 09:01:54 PM »

Looks like her myspace and she logged in Oct 16, the day before she went missing.  Wish it weren't private.

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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2009, 09:09:51 PM »

I hope people will learn from this....call the police right away its better to be embarrassed than sorry....her mom said her friends left and did not notify anyone she was missing.
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2009, 09:15:35 PM »

The phone and the wallet says this is not good news...

Cameras Cameras Cameras, everybody that took any pictures or video that night turn it in !!   
Any possible witness to her getting into a vehicle or sitting with her wallet and cell phone.

Something has to turn up from the first moment after the concert or like with so many cases LE will be lost.

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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2009, 12:26:27 AM »

Morgan Harrington left her friends to go outside the arena before Metallica took the stage Saturday night, and the 20-year-old was never seen again.


Ticket Scalpers !!  Low life
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2009, 02:08:12 AM »

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/state_regional/article/UVAA21_20091020-220404/300566/

Police, U.Va. officials seek help in locating missing woman

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Published: October 21, 2009

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Virginia State Police and University of Virginia authorities are creating a timeline tracking a Virginia Tech student who was reported missing after attending Saturday's Metallica concert at U.Va.'s John Paul Jones Arena.

Authorities spent yesterday following up potential leads. They are asking concert-goers to review pictures or videos of the concert to look for anyone resembling 20-year-old Morgan Dana Harrington.

Police have been canvassing the area around the arena since Monday night for evidence. Harrington's parents said they usually talk to her every day, and said her disappearance is very out of character.

"Morgan is a pretty transparent kid who's had a really close relationship with us," her father, Dan Harrington, said in a telephone interview yesterday. "I don't think there are lots of secrets, so this kind of behavior . . . is not something I think we would expect."

State police Lt. Joe Rader said investigators are treating the disappearance as a missing-person case because there isn't evidence of a crime.

Dan Harrington, who lives in Roanoke, said his daughter had asked him to help her study for a math test and go through the class schedule for next semester on Sunday. He called her friends around 12:30 p.m. after he didn't hear from her.

Police said Morgan Harrington, a junior majoring in education, was wearing a black T-shirt with "Pantera" across the front in tan letters, a black mini skirt, black tights and black knee-high boots.

She has long blond hair and blue eyes, is 5-foot-6 and weighs about 120 pounds. She was not carrying an identification card or cell phone.

Anyone with information about Harrington's disappearance should call state police at (434) 352-3435 or e-mail bci-appomattox@vsp.virginia.edu. U.Va. police can be reached at (434) 924-7166.

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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2009, 02:12:30 AM »

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/21/virginia.missing.student/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Mom says missing daughter had been excited about concert

(CNN) -- The mother of a Virginia Tech junior who disappeared Saturday night during a Metallica concert says she helped her daughter choose an outfit for the show that same morning.

Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old education major, went to the concert at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville with several girlfriends but disappeared from their sight around 8:40 p.m., according to police, who are calling it a missing person case.

"She was excited about the concert and she brought home three outfits that she tried on for me," Gil Harrington, said Tuesday on HLN's "Nancy Grace."

"We chose one and she said, 'Mama, it is a rock concert so it is probably not what you would choose, but is this one OK?'" Harrington said she told her daughter, 'That will do fine.' "You know you have to give your kid wings," Harrington said.

Morgan Harrington had been so excited about the concert, according to her mother, that she posted the tickets on the refrigerator six months ahead of time.

Metallica posted a message about Harrington's disappearance on their Web site under the heading "One of our fans is missing."

"We are deeply concerned about the disappearance of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Dana Harrington, who was last seen while attending our concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA, on Saturday night," the message said.

The message described Harrington and asked that anyone with information contact Virginia State Police or University of Virginia police.

"Our thoughts are with Morgan and her family for her safe return," the message concluded."

Harrington, who lives off-campus, was reported missing Sunday afternoon when she did not show up at her parents' home to study for a math exam with her father.

"It's important to us as police officers to realize that people do come up missing," said Lieutenant Joe Rader of the Virginia State Police in a news conference on Monday.

"However, it's very, very unusual that we have not heard anything, either, from her friends or from her family regarding her whereabouts. That is the biggest concern currently -- her whereabouts and her welfare."

Harrington is 5'6", 120 pounds, has blond hair, blue eyes and was wearing a black Pantera T-shirt, black mini skirt, black tights and black boots.
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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2009, 11:13:56 AM »

There is evidence of a crime...
1.She is missing under circumstances where she would not go missing.
2.Cell phone and identification behind exactly as a perp would want it.

How much evidence do they need in a case of an obvious abduction ?
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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2009, 12:48:24 PM »

I don't know why the ppl she went to the concert with didn't call anyone. Or her roommate when she stayed out all night under these circumstances.
Why didn't they freak out about this uncharacteristic behaviour ?
I would not have expected them to go outside and miss the concert, but afterwards ??? WTHeck ? They drive home without their friend? These concerts have plenty of security inside and out and they could have made an effort to speak to someone right then and there instead of much later.
I ( IMO ) think on the way to or at the arena, she might have been speaking about some guy she was communicating with and they assumed she went to meet him.


These other girls have to be questioned about everything. Not because they are guilty of anything, but everything or anything might lead to some information being developed.

When I used to go to these types of things, you have no idea of how many times some guy tried to pick my gf's and I up with the dangle of a backstage pass to meet the band. These bands hire local security / bouncers and some of them, here anyway, are not so nice guys.
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« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2009, 01:18:28 PM »

Nancy Grace video of interview;

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/21/virginia.missing.student/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

Facebook site set up for Morgan:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=162224546575&ref=search&sid=666482915.1685764065..1

Metallica's site:

http://www.metallica.com/index.asp?item=602638
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« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2009, 01:39:55 PM »

Charlotteville is such a pretty city. The University of Virginia, the UV hospital, Thomas Jeffersons Monticello just outside the city.

My son was in the hospital there and I walked several blocks from the hospital to the hotel at night and always felt safe. I did that because I didn't want to park in a dark parking garage. Makes a lot of sense I know, but I have a thing about parking garages
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« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2009, 03:34:41 PM »

UPDATE - October 21, 2009:

University of Virginia Police, Virginia State Police, and members of the FBI are actively searching for Morgan Harrington Wednesday around Davenport Field, where the UVa. baseball team plays its home games.

Wednesday morning, UVa. and State Police were seen searching the woods around Davenport Field and the track near Klockner Stadium. The UVa. track, Klockner Stadium, and Davenport Field are all part of a sports complex that is only one block away from the John Paul Jones Arena, where Morgan was last seen.

Morgan's parents, Dan and Gil Harrington, told reporters she was last seen going to the bathroom inside JPJ around 8:40pm Saturday night. They say Morgan then went outside before Metallica took the stage; security would not let her back inside. Gil Harrington told CNN's Nancy Grace that Morgan's purse was found across the street in the University Hall parking lot, not far from Klockner Stadium.

Avid heavy metal fan and CBS19 Chief Meteorologist Travis Koshko attended the Metallica concert Saturday night, and he says it was the safest metal concert he's seen.

"The thing that surprised me the most of all about this concert was how calm it was and how safe and in control the security was in the venue. There were policemen inside and outside. Yes, there were a few mosh pits, but those were suppressed," he said.
As Metallica continues their tour, they have released a statement on their web site titled "One of Our Fans is Missing".

We are deeply concerned about the disappearance of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Dana Harrington, who was last seen while attending our concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA, on Saturday night.
http://metallica.com/index.asp?item=602638
   
One Of Our Fans Is Missing
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We are deeply concerned about the disappearance of 20 year old Virginia Tech student Morgan Dana Harrington, who was last seen while attending our concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA, on Saturday night.

Morgan has blonde hair and blue eyes, is 5'6", 120 lbs., and was wearing a black "Pantera" T-shirt, black skirt, and black boots. She was not carrying I.D. or a cell phone. Morgan was separated from her friends shortly before 9pm at the venue. Police have been searching the area since Monday.

We encourage anyone who has any information regarding Morgan's disappearance to please come forward. Additionally, if you or anyone you know shot video footage or took photos of the concert or audience, please check to see if there is anyone in your photos who might resemble Morgan. Please contact the Virginia State Police at (434) 352-3425 or the UVA Police at (434) 924-7166 or police@virginia.edu. if you have any information.

Our thoughts are with Morgan and her family for her safe return.

http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/64718837.html
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« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2009, 05:23:35 PM »

Va. police: Student disappearance a criminal case
By SUE LINDSEY, AP


 ROANOKE, Va. — Police are treating their search for a Virginia Tech student missing since she went to a Metallica concert Saturday as a criminal investigation.

Virginia State Police Lt. Joe Rader said Wednesday that authorities don't know whether 20-year-old Morgan Dana Harrington is alive or whether "she has met some kind of ill fate."

Rader told a news conference in Charlottesville that police have received more than 100 tips from around the country.

He says a passer-by found her purse and cell phone between the arena and an athletic field at the University of Virginia.

Rader says police are concluding their ground search Wednesday. They halted an air search earlier.

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« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2009, 06:35:39 PM »

No doubt...

Check out the guards  " a certain personality associated with wannabe LE "
 and those other people that hang around selling scalp tickets, they often have criminal backgrounds..

Somebody could have put her in a trunk of there car and later on took her home.

She can even still be alive. SPEED IS OF THE ESSENCE.

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« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2009, 01:47:50 AM »

http://www.collegiatetimes.com/stories/14487

Police conclude Harrington ground search

Thursday, October 22, 2009; 12:15 AM
by Gordon Block, news reporter

Police have ended their search on the grounds near the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena for missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Dana Harrington and are now classifying the case as a criminal investigation.

Harrington, a junior education major, has been missing since the evening of Saturday, Oct. 17, when she attended a concert for the band Metallica at John Paul Jones arena.

Virginia State Police held a press conference Wednesday in Charlottesville to further discuss details on Harrington’s disappearance. Over 100 leads have come in to police about the case.

“You pursue things as they occur,” said state police Lt. Joe Rader, who spoke at the press conference. “The timeframe is very critical.”

According to Rader, Morgan left her friends to use the bathroom, and somehow ended up outside the arena, which does not allow reentry according to its policy. Contacting her friends, Rader added that Harrington told her she would either meet them or find a way home on her own, which Rader said explained why her friends were not concerned after they did not meet up after the concert.

According to Rader, Harrington was in the vicinity of the arena between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. When asked whether Harrington was drunk or high, Rader said she was able to move around the arena and call friends.

Harrington’s purse and cell phone were found by a passerby in a small parking lot near the arena and were turned into the UVa police Sunday morning. Rader declined to comment on calls made by Harrington or what had been uncovered through her cell phone records. Rader added that there appeared to be no signs of struggle in the area where her personal items were found.

Dan Harrington, Morgan’s father said he had bought tickets for Morgan and her group months before the show.

“Metallica wasn’t necessarily her type of band, but she likes all types of music, and that was a band she wanted to see,” Harrington said.

Harrington added that he and his wife Gil were in a state of shock.

“As you can imagine, this is a parent’s worst nightmare, to not know where your child is,” Harrington said.

Harrington said he was frustrated with the John Paul Jones Arena policy that barred reentry after leaving the venue.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Harrington said.

However, he was grateful for the outpouring of support that had come in following Morgan’s disappearance.

“It’s just overwhelming for Gil and I to have so many people care and call us about this,” Harrington said. “The support we’ve had here has been unbelievable.”

A rally for Harrington has been set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Northside High School in Roanoke, which Harrington attended before graduating at Lord Botetourt High School in Daleville, Va.

The case has drawn nationwide attention, and her story has appeared on several media outlets nationwide. Her parents appeared on cable news show “Nancy Grace” Tuesday, and a post about Harrington has been included to the homepage of the band Metallica, under the title, “One Of Our Fans Is Missing.”

Harrington asked those with information to contact police.

“We just want Morgan to come home,” Harrington said.

The 20-year-old Harrington, who has long blond hair and blue eyes, was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with tan letters that read “Pantera” across the front, a black mini skirt with black tights and knee-high black boots. Harrington is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds.

Police have set up a new 24-hour tip line for the case. Those with information about the whereabouts of Morgan Harrington can call 434-352-3467. A reward, to be set up through Crime Stoppers, will have a minimum amount of $50,000. Details for a reward will be released Thursday.

news reporter liana bayne contributed to this report
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« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2009, 11:14:40 AM »

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(Charlottesville, VA) -- Virginia police are still pursuing leads in the search for missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.

The 20-year-old was last seen Saturday night on the grounds of John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia during a Metallica concert.

Friends say she left her seat to have a cigarette and never returned.

Virginia State Police Lieutenant Joe Rader says the case is still being treated as a missing person investigation because there is no information indicating a criminal act has occurred.

Radar says investigators have no idea whether Harrington is alive or, in his words, "has met some kind of ill fate." He has also confirmed that the woman's purse and cell phone were found and the phone battery was missing.

He says that missing battery may or may not be important to the case at some point in the future.

Harrington's disappearance comes nearly two months after another tragedy involving two Virginia Tech students.
The bodies of 18-year-old Heidi Childs and 19-year-old David Metzler were found at a popular campground near the Virginia Tech campus in the Jefferson National Forest on August 27th.

Both had been shot to death.

The case remains unsolved.
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« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2009, 01:17:47 PM »

http://www2.dailyprogress.com/cdp/news/local/crime/article/hunt_for_missing_student_turns_into_crime_case/47811/

Hunt for missing student turns into crime case
 
Morgan Dana Harrington

By Ted Strong
Published: October 22, 2009
Police are now treating the investigation into a missing Metallica fan as a criminal matter, though they say there’s still no evidence any crime has been committed.

Officials have Morgan Dana Harrington’s purse and her cell phone, but no idea where she is, though they’ve received more than 100 tips of varying quality.

Soon, they plan to offer a reward of at least $50,000 for information leading to the location of the Virginia Tech student.

Lt. Joe Rader of the Virginia State Police said that a ground search of the area around the John Paul Jones Arena, the site of Saturday’s concert, didn’t turn up any sign of the missing Roanoke woman.

The last anyone heard from her, she had left the show looking for a restroom and ended up leaving the arena entirely, Rader said at a news conference Wednesday outside the University of Virginia police headquarters.

She called her friends from outside the arena to tell them not to worry and that she would try to find a way to get home, Rader said. The arena, like many venues, doesn’t allow re-entry during concerts.

The next day, a passerby found Harrington’s purse and cell phone, without its battery, in a parking lot, and her parents reported her missing.

“We have a purse, and we have a cell phone, and we have a missing girl,” he said.

Rader said it wasn’t unusual that her phone would be without a battery but didn’t elaborate.

Police have scoured surveillance footage and interviewed Harrington’s friends, but neither has yielded significant progress in the case.

Authorities are also asking concertgoers to review photographs and video footage they shot to see if anyone resembling Harrington is visible.

The 20-year-old, who stands about 5 feet 6 inches and weighs about 120 pounds, was wearing a black T-shirt with “Pantera” across it in tan letters, a black mini skirt, black tights and black knee-high boots. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes.

Metallica has posted a statement on its Web site asking anyone with information to contact police.

The statement says the band is “deeply concerned.”

“Our thoughts are with Morgan and her family for her safe return,” it reads, in part.

The case has garnered attention from a variety of national outlets. CNN has been heavily promoting the Nancy Grace show’s coverage in its news stories online.

Callers have reported seeing the missing woman in vastly different parts of the country at nearly the same time, Rader said.

State police are starting a new, 24-hour-a-day tip line at (434)352-3467. Tips can be e-mailed to bci-appomattox@vsp.virginia.gov . UVa police are at 924-7166.

“I would never say it’s a hindrance,” Rader said of the national attention.

But he did say that the most valuable tips have come from people who were at the concert. Many of the calls from far-flung corners of the country have been from people who have theories about the crime, rather than facts.

The reward will be offered through the Crime-stoppers program, and there will be conditions attached, though they haven’t yet been set, Rader said.

“Right now the time frame is very critical,” Rader said. “Unfortunately, I don’t know how to stop time.”

This story was edited to correct the tip reporting contacts.

 
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« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2009, 01:44:52 PM »

“Right now the time frame is very critical,” Rader said. “Unfortunately, I don’t know how to stop time.”

Then everyone needs to pray for the investigators working to find answers into the disappearance of Morgan Harrington to be gifted with " Gods Speed and assistance "

I pray they do find her quickly and alive.
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