Harrington Family in Charlottesville to Visit Copeley Road Bridge

By: Bianca Spinosa Email
By: Bianca Spinosa Email

November 18, 2009

Dan and Gil Harrington were in town Wednesday to deliver their daughter's dental records to Virginia State Police, which is how bodies are typically identified after a long period of time. The Harringtons say reaching the one-month mark since Morgan's disappearance is very difficult for the family, especially approaching the holiday season.

An emotional Dan and Gil Harrington place fresh posters of their daughter, Morgan near the Tibetan prayer flags she loves.

"They are in her apartment in Blacksburg on the balcony, and they are at home in Roanoke," says Gil Harrington.

Morgan Harrington's parents re-paint the two-four-one family symbol on the bricks of the Copeley Road bridge. They read notes left for them, and place a single rose and some angel figurines on the bridge.

"We don't have a memorial for Morgan yet. We are not giving up hope yet. We are not building a mausoleum; this is a place of hope. This is just a place to remember her, and keep her awareness out; this is not a grave site for Morgan," says Gil.

The Harringtons say they are starting to unravel inside as a month has passed and still no new leads.

"This is a really big secret that somebody has kept," says Morgan's mother.

She says police have no suspects yet that they know of and no description of a car Morgan may have gone in while walking on the bridge has been released.

The family believes Morgan was abducted, and that there were accomplices.

"There's a large reward out there, and after someone's done something like this, it would be very usual for them to have some strange behaviors, and if you can think back to that period of time and remember something strange, report that to police," says Dan Harrington, Morgan's father.

A $150,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Morgan Harrington's recovery. The Harringtons hope the pressure of the large reward will bring forth new witnesses.

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