November 2, 2009 — The parents of Morgan D. Harrington, the Virginia Tech student who went missing Oct. 17 during a concert at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena, have established a fund to aid in the search for their daughter.
The Find Morgan Fund will be used to support the printing and production of flyers, missing person advertisements and other materials to advance the search, according to a release from Levick Strategic Communications, a crisis communications firm working with the Harringtons.
The reward for information leading to Harrington's location and return is now $150,000. Metallica, which was performing at the arena when the 20-year-old Virginia Tech junior disappeared, contributed $50,000. The reward is being administered by the Jefferson Area Crime Stoppers
Virginia State Police investigators want to hear from people who were outside the arena or in the area that night. Anyone can call the tip line at 434-352-3467 or e-mail email@example.com. U.Va. Police can be reached at 434-924-7166. Anonymous tips are welcome.
Also accepting tips is the Jefferson Area Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
Dan and Gil Harrington of Roanoke County issued a statement Monday expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support they've received since their daughter's disappearance. They said any unused money in the Find Morgan Fund will be given to charities that assist families of missing persons and causes with which Morgan has been involved, including Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley and OMNI Orphan Medical Network International.
Contributions can be sent to the Find Morgan Fund, P.O. Box 7588, Roanoke, VA 24019, or sent via PayPal through a Web site, FindMorgan.com.
"We are truly grateful for your kindness and we thank you again for all your thoughts and prayers," the Harringtons said in their statement.
Morgan Harrington is 5 feet 6 inches tall, 120 pounds, with long blond hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a black T-shirt with the word "Pantera" across the front, a black mini-skirt, black tights and black knee-high boots.
According to a timeline established by police, the last time anyone saw her was between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m. on the Copeley Road bridge over the railroad tracks, near the intersection with Ivy Road.