October 20, 2009
The search for Morgan Harrington is picking up speed on the Internet. Harrington is on Facebook, and now her friends are joining forces to use that site and others to spread the word about her disappearance.
The Facebook group is called "Help Find Morgan Dana Harrington." It's open to the public, and already thousands of people are spreading the word, and offering their prayers to the family.
"Praying for a quick and safe reunion of Morgan with her family," writes Desi Sowers.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Morgan and the Harrington family," writes Beth Marston Bankston.
Some are close family friends with the Harringtons, others are hearing about Morgan Harrington's disappearance from the news. The public facebook group, founded by a Charlottesville man, is bringing them together.
The lead investigator in Morgan's disappearance. Lt. Joe Rader with the Virginia State Police, says social media is a crucial tool in the missing person's investigation.
Already new information is surfacing from people who attended the Metallica concert where she went missing. Police hope people will step forward with information after learning about her disappearance.
The page is also a forum for people who want to help. At around 5:00 pm Tuesday, a vigil for Morgan was announced for this Thursday, 10/22 at 7:00 pm at the Northside High School in Roanoke. Others are volunteering their help in any way by making ribbons or pins. Some are even offering to help with the search.
In addition to the wall postings, about thirty new pictures of Morgan Harrington have been posted on the page, depicting a happy young woman with many close friends. In the Facebook community, they are praying for her return.