Morgan Harrington Was Seen Hitchhiking on Copeley Road Bridge

November 16, 2009 — Virginia State Police on Friday released two additional details concerning the disappearance of Morgan Harrington.

A 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, Harrington has been missing since Oct. 17, when she accompanied friends to Charlottesville for a Metallica concert at John Paul Jones Arena.

Police have been able to establish her movements for about an hour after she ended up outside the arena at approximately 8:30 p.m. After talking to her friends on her cell phone, she walked through the parking lot of University Hall and was also seen in the parking lot next to Lannigan Field. At around 9:30 p.m., she was seen walking on the Copeley Road bridge near Ivy Road.

Based on independent witness accounts, investigators are confident that Harrington was hitchhiking while on the Copeley Road bridge.

Anyone who recalls seeing a young woman hitchhiking that night on or near the Copeley Road bridge, is asked to contact police. Anyone who remembers seeing a vehicle randomly stopped in the road on Copeley Road bridge that night is also asked to contact investigators. Investigators are also hoping to hear from anyone who might have loaned a cell phone to a young woman fitting Harrington's description to make a call that night.

Police also said Friday that Harrington was wearing a Swarovski Crystal necklace made up of large crystal chain links. She was wearing a black T-shirt with "Pantera" spelled out in tan letters, black mini-skirt, black tights and knee-high black boots. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

The search and investigation are continuing, and the public has generated close to 400 leads. Anonymous tips are welcome.

To contribute information:
• Virginia State Police: 434-352-3467 or bci-appomattox@vsp.virginia.gov
• Jefferson Area Crime Stoppers: 434-977-4000. A reward of $150,041 is available for information that leads to Harrington's location and return.

For updates from the Harrington family, visit the Help Find Morgan Web site.