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Remains identified as missing Va. Tech student Morgan Harrington: Police

Human remains found Tuesday on a farm southwest of Charlottesville have been conclusively identified as those of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, who went missing after an Oct. 17 rock concert, police said.

The 20-year-old education major was last seen after she was separated from friends outside a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones arena. A farmer found her remains in a remote hayfield.

Morgan Harrington
Morgan Harrington. (Family Photo)

Virginia State Police said the state medical examiner’s office is working to determine how Harrington died.

Harrington’s father, Daniel Harrington, released this statement: “Morgan’s mother, Gil, and I are overwhelmingly saddened by yesterday’s discovery, but we are also relieved because our questions can now be answered and we can give our daughter a proper burial. We know that because of the good life Morgan led and the love she created for everyone around her, she is now in a safer, better place.”

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  January 27, 2010; 11:37 AM ET
Categories:  Maria Glod , Updates , Virginia  
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R.I.P Morgan....

Posted by: edwardbear76 | January 27, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I hope this is a valuable lesson for all women who walk by themselves in secluded areas. Like it or not (and I don't), women who do that are targets of potentially dangerous creeps. This kind of horrible thing keeps happening to women who go off by themselves away from true friends and family. I know this is not fair for women but they really need to be careful at all times.

Posted by: lowhumid | January 27, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Really really sad and so very unfortunate for her family. I couldn't see a different end, but it's still shocking none the same.

Posted by: Beingsensible | January 27, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

So unfair for this young vibrant beautiful girl. I hope they catch the pervert who killed her, or someone will turn him in.

Posted by: anaislynne | January 27, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

It'll take another body or two before they can catch the Charlottsville serial killer.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 27, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Lowhumid -

Can you refrain from lecturing women on safe and unsafe behavior? This girl is dead, just save it and move along.

Posted by: laney619 | January 27, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@laney619: Thank you. We don't know how this young woman got from the arena on campus to the hayfield outside town. Lowhumid's comment is just the sort of blanket "blame the victim" statement that is not helpful right now.

RIP Morgan.

Posted by: BuffaloGal78 | January 27, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Lowhumid -

Can you refrain from lecturing women on safe and unsafe behavior? This girl is dead, just save it and move along.

Posted by: laney619 | January 27, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@laney619: Thank you. We don't know how this young woman got from the arena on campus to the hayfield outside town. Lowhumid's comment is just the sort of blanket "blame the victim" statement that is not helpful right now.

RIP Morgan.

Posted by: BuffaloGal78 | January 27, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse


First of all maybe you should read the story. She was NOT ON CAMPUS she had gone to Charlottesville about a hour and a half away for the concert. The school is in Blacksburg and she was found about ten miles from the ARENA. So it's safe to say that you really have no clue what you're talking about. Do you think you should be giving advise or attacking those that did??? I believe all Lowhumid is saying is. Women need to be extra careful. But as usual id10t’s like you can’t take it for what it is and have to make it about you. I don’t think he/she is blaming the victim and sorry but no one is trying to tell you what to do so by all means walk down a dark road in the middle of the night in the middle of no where. IGNORANCE KILLS. Two more soon to be victims above.

Posted by: askgees | January 27, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

As the grandfather of a female student on a Virginia campus, my sympathies to Ms. Harrignton's family.

And no, we don't need any blame-the-victim lectures.

Posted by: ceefer66 | January 27, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

As the father of four daughters I cannot even imagine the pain the family has suffered. I just emailed my kids this article and encouraged them to make sure her parents have contact numbers when they travel alone or who they might be with. It's not invading their space...it's a safely issue. The philosophy that 'it always happens to someone else' is fine until you become the someone else. Sincere condolences to the Harrington family.

Posted by: urspider68 | January 27, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

uva should be sued for not allowing her back in the arena.

Posted by: slim4 | January 27, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

If somebody is to blame, it is the cowards that prey on women and children. Their twisted minds can easily spot the weak and the defenseless. Unfortunately, they look like us, their sickness doesn't show on their appearance and they get away with it until they get careless and caught. And then we jail them, feed them, and pay for their rehab instead of letting their victims' families decide which their fate should be.

Posted by: anuchi7 | January 27, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that we cannot even express condolences without some form of un-civil discourse. RIP Morgan and lets chill a bit on the attack mode.

Posted by: mikey4 | January 27, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

AskGees, maybe YOU should read the story. BuffaloGal78 is correct. The Arena IS on a campus -- the UVA campus; not the college she attended in Blacksburg but a college campus nonetheless.

My condolences to her family. I imagine the sad truth is better than the limbo they have been in these past several months.

Posted by: melissar2 | January 27, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Um, wow. Thanks "askgees". Yes, hopefully I will be murdered one day so you can say "I told you so!"

Posted by: laney619 | January 27, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

to be honest it is the idiots that are randomly killing peole that we should be angered with, it is those that make women fear walking by themselves that we need to be angered with, my heart goes out to the family and friends, all I can do is hope this dummy is caught and justice is served.

Posted by: bigdummy1 | January 27, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I agree with slim4. UVA should be held accountable for not letting her back into the concert. They left her outside alone and unprotected.

Posted by: nancyjmurphy | January 27, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Unless UVA forced her out, I don't see where they are at fault. Hopefully there is enough forensic evidence out there to find the killer. Virginia's courts will dispatch this scumbag in due time.

Posted by: pgk5332 | January 27, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

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