June 4, 2012
The FBI has released a new sketch of the man they believe is responsible for killing Morgan Harrington. Morgan's mother, Gil Harrington is hoping the new picture triggers a memory with someone who has seen the suspect.
"To me, the most frightening thing about it is that it doesn't look like the face of evil; it looks like a regular person walking around and that's why this composite is important because there is someone who looks regular, walking around hiding in plain sight, probably in this town," said Harrington.
Virginia State Police(VSP) say the sketch is part of a new campaign.
According to VSP Spokeswoman Corrine Geller, "Virginia State Police and the FBI have been collaboraing on a multi-media marketing campaign related to the ongoing Morgan Harrington investigation."
The new sketch is similar to the composite sketch created after a Fairfax assault in 2005 but this sketch shows a fuller face, and the beard and moustache are both gone. The suspect has been genetically linked to that 2005 sexual assault and to Morgan Harrington's murder.
Gil Harrington hopes he's captured before he's linked to another crime.
"If you are one of those who has had some suspicions or concerns, and the hair on your neck has gone up a couple of times, don't filter.
Call police and let them be the ones to look into it. That's what we're trying to do, shake loose a killer who is walking amongst us," said Harrington.
Morgan Harrington was last seen leaving a Metallica concert on October 17th, 2009. The 20 year old's body was discovered three months later on an Albemarle County farm.
Police want to keep the suspect's picture in the public. They warn that the suspect has likely changed in appearance since the original 2005 sketch.
There is a $150,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case and this new sketch is just the first step in the multi-media campaign.