Body Found on Farm, No Link Yet to Metallica Fan Morgan Harrington
Skeletal remains discovered on a farm south of Charlottesville, Va. have sparked speculation that they may be those of missing Metallica fan Morgan Harrington. So far, police have not made an official connection between this morning’s discovery and the Harrington case. However, Dan and Gil Harrington, the girl’s parents, are said to be on the scene where the remains were found.
According to reports, the discovery was made this morning by a resident of Anchorage Farms, a 700-plus-acre tract of pasture and woods about fives miles south of Interstate 64 on the west side of U.S. 29. That person notified Albemarle County police, who then notified the Virginia State Police, who turned the investigation over to the detectives heading the Harrington investigation.
Monica Caison, a spokesperson for the CUE Center for Missing Persons, which was involved in the civilian hunt for Harrington, told reporters that the body was found in an area they were planning to search soon.
Harrington has not been seen or heard from since Oct. 17, when the 20-year-old Virginia Tech student vanished from a Metallica concert in Charlottesville. She was last seen wearing a Pantera shirt, a black skirt and black boots.
A press conference is scheduled for 5 PM ET this afternoon. State police assure the press that they will release information as it develops. David H. Bass, who owns Anchorage Farm, said the remains were “seriously decomposed” and left in a part of his cow pasture that he rarely visits. He was checking the area this morning because of the recent heavy rains. The farm is located about 10 miles southwest of the University of Virginia campus, where the concert took place.