On October 21st, 2009, the New York Daily News reported that a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, Morgan Dana Harrington, got separated from her friends at a Metallica concert at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA on October 17th and hasn't been seen since.
Her parents say they talk to her every day and her disappearance is out of character. Her mother, Gil Harrington, said that she and her husband need to know where their daughter is and get her home safe as soon as possible.
AllHeadlineNews reports that Morgan left the concert to use the restroom and forgot her ticket stub. Because she didn't have her stub, she was denied re-entry and told her friends not to worry that she would find a ride home. She may have accepted a ride home with someone.
The Collegiate Times and C-Ville.com report that, according to Virginia State Police Lieutenant Joe Rader, between 8:30 P.M. and 8:48 P.M. on October 17th, Harrington interacted and conversed with people outside of the arena. At 8:48 P.M. it is confirmed that Harrington had a conversation with a friend. Between 8:48 P.M. and 9 P.M., there are witnesses who can place Harrington outside the arena. From approximately 9:10 to 9:20 P.M., Harrington was seen carrying a black purse in the grassy overflow parking area at Lannigan Field, which hosts UVa men and women’s track and field teams. Harrington was last seen alone at approximately 9:30 p.m. on the bridge along Copeley Road, which goes over a set of train tracks located a short walking distance from the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones arena. Later on, her purse and cellphone were discovered in a parking lot; this fuels suspicion of foul play since women rarely allow themselves to be voluntarily separated from their purses (no levity intended).
The Roanoke Times provides a marked aerial map of the area HERE.
Police say Harrington was wearing a black T-shirt with "Pantera" across the front in tan letters, a black mini skirt, black tights and black knee-high boots. She has long blonde hair, blue eyes, is 5-foot-6 and weighs about 120 pounds.
When the band Metallica heard about this case, they took a personal interest. Metallica's website has a notice of the missing fan. The band states, "We are deeply concerned about the disappearance of 20 year old Virginia Tech student Morgan Dana Harrington, who was last seen while attending our concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday night." Police are hoping that a $150,000 reward -- including $50,000 from Metallica -- will help provide new leads for investigators.