October 9, 2012
The case of murdered Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington has been cold for nearly three years now. Her family and investigators are hoping to get more answers by reaching out to America.
The television program America's Most Wanted is featuring the Harrington case in an episode on Friday.
Harrington disappeared outside the John Paul Jones Arena on Oct. 17, 2009, during a Metallica concert. She was last seen alive on the nearby Copeley Road bridge.
The 20-year-old's body was found on a farm in southern Albemarle County in January 2010.
There are no suspects in the case. Virginia State Police have released the sketch of a man wanted for a sexual assault in Fairfax, Va., in 2005. DNA links that case to Harrington's disappearance.
Harrington's family says they have hope in the new national exposure.
"America's Most Wanted has a good track record in listing information and solving cases, so we were thrilled to collaborate with them and get this program out there," said Gil Harrington, Morgan's mother.
Harrington said she wants to find the person who killed her daughter through tips and information, not through another homicide.
"Someone knows him," she said. "He has bragged about it. He has made their intuition and the hair on the back of their neck stand up more than once. Call. We just need one little nugget of information."
The episode featuring the Harrington case will air on the Lifetime network Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 p.m.
In all, tips from the show have helped to capture 1,172 suspects.