December 1, 2009
The body found Sunday along Camp Hydaway Road in Campbell County has been identified as 23-year-old Cassandra Morton of Lynchburg, according to Campbell County Sheriff's Office Captain L.T. Gutherie.
Morton's body was found Sunday on a trail, about 100 yards away from Camp Hydaway Road. A Liberty University student who was patroling the area noticed clothing on the road, which led him to the body. The body was identified by police Tuesday afternoon.
Campbell County Sheriff Terry Gaddy says Morton's head was detached and her body was covered with rocks.
Morton was last seen alive October 10 in the Park Avenue area of Lynchburg.
November 30, 2009
WSLS in Roanoke, Virginia is reporting that a badly decomposed body was found by a hiker around 3:30pm Sunday afternoon. The body was found off Camp Hydaway Road on Candlers Mountain, which is located east of Liberty University in Lynchburg.
The Campbell County Sheriff's Office says the body appears to be that of a woman. The body has been transported to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for an autopsy.
Investigators would not say if there is any connection to the Morgan Harrington case. However, authorities did say that clothing found at the scene does not match what Harrington was wearing the night she went missing.
Major Steve Hutcherson, of the Campbell County Sheriff's Office, says foul play is suspected in the death. However, investigators will not know more or be able to identify the remains until an autopsy is performed. WSET, the ABC affiliate in Lynchburg, reported the head and body were found several feet apart. And WSET quoted a law enforcement official as saying it appeared the victim had been taken longer than Harrington has been missing.
Virginia State Police have gotten involved in the investigation. Two women are currently missing in the Lynchburg area.
A deputy remained on scene overnight to make sure that no evidence is disturbed.
The Virginia State Police told the Newsplex they are aware of the discovery and will monitor the situation.