Virginia State Police positively identified remains found on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2010, on a farm outside Charlottesville as those of Virginia Tech junior education major Morgan Dana Harrington (July 24, 1989 - October 2009).
The 20-year-old Harrington had been missing since Oct. 17, 2009, when she was in Charlottesville, Va., for a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena.
Police said they are "fairly confident" the remains belong to Harrington, but await forensic evidence from Richmond for confirmation.
After finding herself outside the arena while reportedly looking for a bathroom, Harrington was seen at various points outside the arena from 8:20 to 8:48 p.m., when she told her friends via cell phone she would look for a ride to James Madison University where she was planning on staying that evening.
Traveling through several lots surrounding the arena, Harrington was last seen walking on the Copeley Road railroad bridge between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m.
A reward, established through the Jefferson Area Crimestoppers, was set at $150,000, including a $50,000 contribution from Metallica. Those with information on Harrington are asked to call a special Virginia State Police tip line at (434) 352-3467.
Numerous community searches were conducted, but never focused on the site where remains were found. The owner of the property, Anchorage Farms, said he had not been to that area of the farm since August.
Content on Morgan Harrington:
Event aims to rekindle search for Harrington
November 19, 2009
Participating communities around the world will light candles in a vigil for missing Tech student Morgan Dana Harrington on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m.
New details released in Harrington investigation
November 17, 2009
Morgan Harrington was seen hitchhiking for a ride on the Copeley Road Bridge on the night of her disappearance.
No revelations in massive Harrington search
November 9, 2009
A weekend search for Morgan Dana Harrington drew hundreds of volunteers but yielded no clues.
Harrington family announces search party
November 4, 2009
The parents of missing student Morgan Dana Harrington announced the formation of a volunteer search party.
Parents of missing student set up fund for safe return
November 2, 2009
Morgan Harrington's parents announced a fund today established to assist in the search for their daughter.
Harrington received minor injury the night she went missing
October 31, 2009
Police revealed that Morgan Dana Harrington may have sustained an injury to the face the night of her disappearance.
Police update Harrington case timeline
October 29, 2009
New tips have led police to update their timeline in the case of missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Dana Harrington, who has been missing since Oct. 17.
Police pursue student cases
October 26, 2009
The search for Morgan Harrington continues alongside the two-month anniversary of the two Virginia Tech deaths.
Police search motel parking lot in case of missing Tech student
October 24, 2009
Authorities are searching a motel parking lot in Charlottesville in relation to the case of missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.
Vigil for Harrison
October 23, 2009
A vigil was held for missing Tech student Morgan Harrington at Northside High School in Roanoke.