The death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington has been confirmed as a homicide.
The determination, made by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, was confirmed Wednesday in an e-mail from Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller. Police officials have not announced the timing or cause of Harrington’s death, and the release from Virginia State Police did not reveal how the police investigators came to their conclusion of homicide.
An investigation into Harrington’s death is ongoing, and no arrests have been made in relation to the case.
Harrington, who went missing Oct. 17, 2009, during a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena, was uncovered at Anchorage Farm approximately 10 miles away from the arena along Route 29 in southern Albemarle County. Harrington was last seen hitchhiking at the Copeley Road Bridge, less than half a mile from the arena.
A Mass service for Harrington will take place Friday, Feb. 5, at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Roanoke, Va., at 3:30 p.m. A reception at the Hotel Roanoke is scheduled after the service. The service is open to the general public.
news reporter liana bayne contributed to this report