October 28, 2009 — Virginia State Police today released a timeline of missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington's activities the night of Oct. 17 in hopes of eliciting more information from the public.
At a press conference, Lt. Joe Rader gave this approximate timeline, based on interviews with witnesses, for Harrington or a woman matching her description:
• 8:10: Left the arena
• 8:20-8:30: Seen outside the entrance of John Paul Jones Arena
• 8:30-8:48: Seen at various locations, including on the University Hall side of the arena
• 8:48: A friend who accompanied her to the Metallica concert called Harrington, who said she would try to get a ride home from friends around Charlottesville.
• 8:48-9: Seen in the arena area; there is no credible information that she re-entered the arena.
• 9-9:10: Witnesses saw her, carrying a black purse, walking through the University Hall parking area. No one can confirm that she was with anyone in particular, but she was around other people.
• 9:10-9:20: Seen in the Lannigan Field parking area near the track and had limited interaction with individuals who have come forward or were identified; may have talked to other people during this time period.
• 9:20: The individuals who had encountered her left in their vehicles; there is no indication she left with any of them.
• 9:20-9:30: Police have reports that she was on the Copeley Road bridge over the railroad tracks, near the intersection with Ivy Road.
"Somewhere out there lies the vital link of information we need," Rader said. Police urge anyone who was in the heavily traveled Ivy Road area that night, or anyone else who may have encountered a woman matching Harrington's description that evening, to contact them.
"Nothing is too trivial," Rader said. "We believe that what happened from 8:30 to 9:30 was very relevant. Please do not hesitate to call us; let us determine the relevancy."
Harrington, a Roanoke resident, is 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 120 pounds, with long blonde 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.
Rader described her purse as black in color and the type that has two straps and can also be carried as a backpack. Her purse and cell phone were found by a passerby Sunday morning, Oct. 18, in the grassy, overflow parking lot next to Lannigan Field. Both were turned in to University Police.
Investigators want to hear from people who were outside the arena or in the area that night. Anyone can call the Virginia State Police Tip Line at 434-352-3467 or e-mail State Police at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. A reward of $100,000 is available for information that leads to Harrington's location and recovery.