Police Comb Highway Area for Missing Metallica Fan Morgan Harrington
Today makes it two months since Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, went missing from a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, Va., and on Dec. 16, Virginia state police searched a grassy area along Interstate 64 in Charlottesville, looking for clues that might bring them closer to the truth about Morgan's mysterious disappearance.
According to reports, a contingent of about a dozen troopers and investigators were walking along the median between mile markers 112 and 114, and told reporters that the search was connected with the Harrington case. Police claim the search was routine and not prompted by any new tips or leads.
Virginia State Police spokesperson Corrine Geller claims troopers were re-canvassing the area after searching it last month, and that searches are periodically conducted to make sure nothing had been missed.
Geller says the search turned up nothing useful to the case. Since her disappearance, police have received more than 600 tips about the Morgan Harrington case. Morgan hasn't been seen since Oct. 17 while attending a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena. Harrington got separated from her friends, and ended up outside the arena, which has a no re-entry policy. Someone matching Harrington's description was last seen hitchhiking along a nearby bridge, wearing a Pantera T-shirt, a black mini-skirt and black boots.
A benefit concert for the Harringtons is planned for this weekend.
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo said in a recent interview that he hopes Morgan is returned safely. "I was crushed," Trujillo said about learning of Harrington's disappearance; he added that the case has been ever-present on the band members' minds. "Stuff like this just really, really bums me out, especially when you are a parent and you have children. I mean, it's the worst thing that you could ever imagine. And of course, you know, we're all hoping for the best and just praying that she's alive. It really hit a sour chord with us and bummed us out."