Trespassing Common in Rural Albemarle County Near Anchorage Farm

By: Bianca Spinosa Email
By: Bianca Spinosa Email

January 29, 2010

Virginia State Police are receiving numerous tips and leads in the investigation into 20-year-old Morgan Harrington's death.

As investigators await word on the time and cause of death, we're getting a closer look at the location where a farmer discovered her remains.

People who live near Anchorage Farm say trespassing around their property is a serious issue--an issue law enforcement has been aware of in parts of rural Albemarle County.

Up a private gravel road and through acres of Blandemar Farmland, we were escorted towards the Anchorage Farm property line. Across large pine trees is where Morgan Harrington's remains were found on Tuesday, January 26th.

Even though signs on the gates say "Private" we're learning that Waldemar Drive is a common spot for trespassers to go, and it's a way to access the back of Anchorage Farm.

Albemarle County law enforcement are aware of problems with trespassing in the rural parts of the county.

"If they see a deer that they would like to take possession of, [spotlighters] shoot the deer, and go on somebody else's property and kill the deer, put the deer in their vehicle, and drive away," says Sgt. Chan Gianniny with the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office.

It's a common type of trespassing in this area during hunting season, neighbors say. In fact, when the owner of Anchorage Farm, David Bass, discovered Harrington's remains on his property, he assumed they were that of a deer.

"People that own large areas of property in the area have called and complained about trespassing and spotlighting and shots fired," says Sgt. Gianniny.

While trespassing may be common in the area, there haven't been many recent complaints about it from the Blandemar area. Now residents and investigators are paying closer attention.

If you have any information or tips for Virginia State Police, call the tip line at 434-352-3467.

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