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Remains of Missing Virginia Tech Student, Morgan Dana Harrington, Found

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Skeletal remains of what is believed to be Morgan Dana Harrington, the 20-year-old Virgina Tech student who went missing following a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, Virginia on October 17, 2009, have been found on a Virginia farm 10 miles from the concert venue.

The remains reportedly have blond hair and were clad in black clothing. Missing-person fliers for Harrington described her as blond and said she was wearing a black T-shirt with the word "Pantera" on it, a black miniskirt, black tights and black boots when she disappeared.

At a news conference, authorities said they were confident the remains are those of Harrington. "There were significant items and evidence" found to support the identification, Virginia State Police Superintendent Steve Flaherty said, although he would not elaborate. Police did not give any information about how she died. The body was being taken to Richmond for an autopsy.

The Harrington family offered a $100,000 reward for her return or information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in her disappearance, to which Metallica added another $50,000.

Metallica commented on the latest turn of events:

"Our most sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Morgan Dana Harrington, the 20 year old Virginia Tech student who was last seen while attending our concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. Sadly, Morgan's body was found yesterday ending her family's three month vigil hoping and praying for her safe return. Mere words cannot express the anguish and grief that we know her parents Dan and Gil are feeling, and our thoughts are with them.

"If you have any information at all about Morgan's death, please contact the Virginia State Police at (434) 352-3425 or the UVA Police at (434) 352-3467 or police@virginia.edu."

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1. JoO writes:

I was waitin for this one.....it breaks my f***n heart. Honestly how did this happen? An attractice blonde female dissapears and nobody knows ne thing? Somebody knows somthing, like boyfriend... IDK it just makes me sick and makes me not wanna go to ne concerts with my gf who by the way bears quite a resemblence to morgan. I just hope forensics will save her memory and find the puke responsible. RIP Morgan

# Jan 27, 2010 @ 10:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. SHREDDER13 writes:

This is just flat out horrific...

I can't even think of anything to say.

...Rest In Peace

# Jan 27, 2010 @ 11:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. disguasting writes:

how this happened is beyond me. Why she left the venue is a big mystery . To me, it sounds like she may have been victim of an online predator; as if she planned on meeting someone outside the venue. Whoever did this needes to be put to sleep qukcly

# Jan 27, 2010 @ 11:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Nauseated writes:

I dont have the words, being a mother of a 7 yr old lil girl the SOB needs to be castrated and hung up by his toe nails & beat til hes unrecognizable...Well, thought I didnt have the words. RIP Morgan....

# Jan 27, 2010 @ 11:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Nauseated writes:

***Correction to prior post, he needs to be beat to death & unrecognizable!!!!

# Jan 27, 2010 @ 11:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. HeadbangerHippy writes:

Holy c***! I thought they found her. Damn, this is depressing news. I hope they find the one who is guilty, and he suffers some kind of miserable fate, that is just terrible.

# Jan 27, 2010 @ 11:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. zMETALlica writes:

Have they ruled out suicide yet? she could have gone out into the field and killed herself. i haven't read up 100% on the story, but I'm just speculating...

# Jan 27, 2010 @ 11:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Jenny writes:

This is sad to hear. R.I.P. Suicide (I doubt it, but I dunno), accident (I sort of doubt that, too), murder; who knows for certain how this young lady died. Hopefully we'll receive the news about the outcome of the autopsy.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 12:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. thegoosegoblin writes:

I ran a search through Google on her. There's a website run by the family and a massive Facebook group (33,000+ members). This truly is one of the most tragic and, I'll admit it, heart breaking things I've heard in some time. It's unbelievable how many people her story has touched- people like us who never would've known her in our entire lives, and yet we feel so much sympathy. My sorrow and compassion goes out to her parents. I find this much more tragic than the death of a famous musician because she was a student, trying to better herself so she could make her way through the world. I only hope that this kind of tragedy never happens again.

And if this was the result of a violent crime...

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 12:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. patti morey writes:

All written above echoes my own sentiments. I'm so sorry this has happened to a bright beautiful young person & Metallica fan. God bless Metallica for adding $50,000 to the reward.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 12:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. inhatredofme writes:

don't most half a$$ modern venues have cameras all over for just this reason? sucks it ended this way but i agree that someone knows or saw something and if the chick wasn't seen being carried off kicking and screaming then it was someone she knew.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 2:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. MetalBro4Life writes:

Why do you people assume that she was killed by a man? Could have been a female, too, who may have abducted and murdered her.

Still, very sad for her family. RIP, girl.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 4:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. wilco writes:

sucks this rip girl
but at least they found her and her parents can close this of
my strenght goes with her fam and parents


here on island they still talk about this hollaway chick

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 5:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. HarvesterOfSorrow18 writes:

Really didnt expect to hear that...

RIP

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 5:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. tallica_fan writes:

now is not the time to speculate, but to just give condolences and let the police to the detective work. this hits so close to home because she was enjoying what all us metalheads alike enjoy- a good metal concert: yet its turned out so wrong, its sickening that this sh** happens so often my heart goes out to the poor family who have to bear the burden for the rest of their days.

it sucks theres no happy ending this time poor girl.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 5:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. n0thinghead writes:

may she rest in peace in another world better than ours (hopefully) and let the scumbang that did this rot in f***ing hell. wtf has become of this world that has consumed all known good? sometimes it makes me soo sick that i just wanna watch the world f***ing burn.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 8:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. killernofiller writes:

Poor kid. I hope she didn't have to suffer. But I agree, it almost HAS to be someone she halfway knew, or thought she knew. I hope they find the piece of human garbage who did this and he/she/it puts a fight and gets their f*cking face shot off. I'm a proud father of 2 great kids that I am raising on a steady diet of metal, so this really gets under my f*cking skin.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 9:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. RTB writes:

Relieved they finally found her, now the police can really focus on finding the gutless, spineless, heartless sack of sh!t or sh!ts that did this............ thoughts and prayers to her family
RIP MORGAN
Again, very classy of metallica to contribute to help finding her

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 11:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. PESTILENCE writes:

Makes Me Hungry.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 12:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. sucab writes:

PESTILENCE, you're an idiot. I hope this doesn't happen to your duaghter/mother/sister... stupid ass. RIP Morgan.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 4:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. sucab writes:

daughter.... sorry, had to correct my spelling. Don't want to appear as an idiot as PESTILENCE did.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 4:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Blindgreed1 writes:

Pestilence isn't an idiot. He's just stoned.

The remains have since been confirmed as Morgan's from dental records.

Metalbro: While it isn't impossible that a woman killed her it is far more likely that a man did it. Women killing women is a very rare occurrance.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 4:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. tokenchoke420 writes:

Horrible... just horrible. Hope the person gets caught and rots in hell.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 6:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. 50bmg writes:

Why is everyone jumping to homicide? Did I miss something? I've been to many shows where people are so wasted they can barely walk and don't know who or where they are. Why couldn't she have wandered off and fell and hit her head or something way less sinister than the obvious conclusions you all are jumping to? Props to the guys for kicking in on the reward and their seemingly genuine concern.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 9:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. deathfan87 writes:

man that is just awful, something else to mar the metal community. but come on metallica, you know you can put up more than $50,000, you made more than that off that sh**ty st. anger album, i still want my money back for that p.o.s.

# Jan 28, 2010 @ 10:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. PuckettJp2 writes:

who would do such a horrible thing? :(

losing a metal fan is like a piece being taken from a puzzle

# Jan 29, 2010 @ 10:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Hammerheart writes:

I'm relieved that they found her, but mortified in the way which she was found...

RIP Morgan.

And yeah, it's great that Metallica offered to add another $50 grand to the reward.

# Jan 29, 2010 @ 11:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Blindgreed1 writes:

I just looked up gullible and dilusional in the dictionary and for each description there was a picture of 50bmg. I decided not to push my luck and refrained from looking up ignorance.

# Jan 29, 2010 @ 1:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. METAL213 writes:

First off, I hate how they described a piece of her clothing as a black t-shirt with the word "Pantera" on it. These people obviously aren't metal fans, I can tell you that much. But anyway, back to the real issue. It's very terrible to think that things like this can still happen. My heart and soul goes out to the entire Harrington family. Like Hammerheart said in #27, it's a relief that they found her, but unfortunately in a gruesome and horrible way. STAY METAL MY FRIENDS!
R.I.P. Morgan Dana Harrington @ 20 years young

# Jan 29, 2010 @ 5:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. 50bmg writes:

whatever BG.

*insert equally retarded joke about the average Metallica fan having to be comatose to see one of their shows*

# Jan 29, 2010 @ 8:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. brandedcfh420 writes:

another white woman found dead....wake up!!!!

# Jan 29, 2010 @ 8:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

Its always sad to hear these things and be reminded that people like this roam the earth. I hope he/she that did this is found and vengeance is brought to them with a heavy unrelenting hand. But, that's how I feel when it comes to things like that. RIP girl.

# Jan 29, 2010 @ 11:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. xsrg13 writes:

31 another white woman found dead? so what if she was white does not make her anymore special.

# Jan 30, 2010 @ 4:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

that f***ing sucks....not to start an argument, but to xsrg13-sometimes people care less if it's not an atractive white woman...just saying that the US is pretty racist still...but yeah, it sucks that this sh** happens, and whoever does these things are f***ed in the head....

# Jan 30, 2010 @ 7:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. brandedcfh420 writes:

xsrg13, open season has been declared on whites in america by all non-white races. white women are being raped and murdered at an alarming rate on a daily basis and the media leaves it out of the news. WHY? BECAUSE IT DOES NOT FIT INTO ANY POLITICAL AGENDA THATS IN AMERICAN POLITICS RIGHT NOW!

to those who want to call me racist go ahead, you dont know me and dont know how i feel 100%.

the U.S. Govt. has made it clear that any racial hate crimes against whites will not be brought up in the news and the trash that are killing whites off need not to worry about going to prison for it! do some reaserch and see for yourself!!

# Jan 31, 2010 @ 1:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Acid/Rain writes:

No 50Bmg she wasn't a homicide. It was actually a suicide. You see she killed herself and then some nice people got shovels and...... Are you really that dense?

# Jan 31, 2010 @ 2:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. jimmy j. writes:

If they can prove she was murdered' I hope and pray they find the sick a$$ motherf***er that did it.

# Jan 31, 2010 @ 4:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. roland writes:

this is so horrifying, i cant imagine what this poor girl went through.

# Jan 31, 2010 @ 7:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. roland writes:

so was she murdered or was this suicide? im confused

# Jan 31, 2010 @ 7:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. roland writes:

i feel sorry for her family. ive never lost someone so close so i cant imagine how difficult it must be for them. i hope they can move foreward with peace in there hearts.

# Jan 31, 2010 @ 7:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Greyback writes:

my condolences to her family. This is just wrong and I can't imagine what that must be like, hoping, preying, and then getting the bad news. Make sure never to go alone to concerts.

# Jan 31, 2010 @ 8:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Blindgreed1 writes:

Acid/Rain: Yes he/she is that dense.

# Feb 1, 2010 @ 10:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. n0thinghead writes:

::puts hand on face shaking head:: wow, just wow roland and 50Bmg.

# Feb 1, 2010 @ 1:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Blindgreed1 writes:

n0thing: Kids these days.

# Feb 1, 2010 @ 1:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. n0thinghead writes:

bg1: damn rite bro. damn these kids nowadays, and their emo haircuts, and their hip hop, and their rock AND roll, and their soda pop. they don't know anything about the price of a penny and about us hard workin' folk, working here on our computer desk in an office sitting in our computer chair (mines hurts my a$$ after about 2-3 hr.'s) and coming on here on MU between pg.'s of work and pressing the boss button (window+D) when the big man (mines a woman) comes by to check up on things.

# Feb 1, 2010 @ 3:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. blk people luv Metallica too writes:

Wow first God Bless her family and friends....God holds her soul now.
Second awesome to Metallica for the attention and the funds.
Third, what does her race have to do with it? blk and wht people die everyday by the hands of blk people and wht people....if you watch most news stations it is the white deaths that are reported most; but who cares they r dead thay is the sad and sick part. can we please stick to the point in these things.
R.I.P. Metal Girl (Morgan Dana Harrington)

# Feb 4, 2010 @ 5:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. blk people luv Metallica too writes:

*that is the sad and sick part


sorry had to fix that

# Feb 4, 2010 @ 5:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. Blindgreed1 writes:

n0thing: Mine too. lolz.

# Feb 4, 2010 @ 9:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. durzarothofficial writes:

feel sorry for moran. No one truly deserves to die less their names be 50 cent or eminem. It sounds to me like she was kid napped,or like already said had plans on meeting someone outside of a concert. Its generous of metallica to offer up 50,000 for info leading to the arrest of the criminal/criminals. well R.I.P morgan,Metal hails in heaven
\m/

# Feb 4, 2010 @ 6:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. cruor writes:

This is definitely very sad. The fact that this is an hour drive from where I am, actually bringing her to where I am for the autopsy, saddens me a bit more to have such a horrible event happen so close to home.

What makes me consider the possibility of murder instead of something else is that she is a VA Tech student in the hometown of their arch rivals UVA. I hope I'm just reading to much into it because if I'm correct that she was murdered by some UVA student because she attends VA Tech adds a new low to a situation that seems impossible to be any lower.

# Feb 5, 2010 @ 12:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. Rubyred writes:

I had so hoped "prayed" this young female student Morgan Dana Harrington would be found "safely" how horrifying the tragic-sad news of her death...'her life crudely taken away. Much heartfelt Condolences to the HARRINGTON Family for the lost of their beloved daughter MORGAN a much promised Virginia Tech Student/rest in sweet harmony young lady. And much heart consoleing embrace to her Family & dearest true friends. Godbless and much "healing" to your wounded Hearts in this time of sorrow for such a treasure daughter.

# Feb 5, 2010 @ 7:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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