Volunteer Search for Morgan Harrington Begins at 9 a.m. Friday

November 5, 2009 — The volunteer search for Morgan Harrington, the Virginia Tech student who has been missing since Oct. 17, will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the Virginia Department of Forestry Building.

The search is being organized by the Texas-based Laura Recovery Center.

Volunteers should come to the Forestry Building, 900 Natural Resources Drive, in the Fontaine Research Park. The search will continue Saturday and Sunday.

Registration is continuous, so volunteers are welcome to arrive throughout the day.

To participate in the search, all volunteers must:

* be at least 18 years old;
* present a valid ID card;
* wear long pants and comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes;
* abide by the search confidentiality and safety rules.

Sunscreen, hats, gloves and walking sticks are also recommended.

PLEASE NOTE: Student volunteers must present a state-issued ID card. The Laura Recovery Center has confirmed that school-issued ID cards cannot be accepted.

For additional information, visit the FindMorgan Web site.

DIRECTIONS: The Forestry Building is located in the University of Virginia Fontaine Research Park off the US-29 Business North-University Hospital exit.

From the north: Washington, D.C.: Follow Route 29 South into Charlottesville (Albemarle County). Continue southbound on Route 29. Take the Lynchburg/Staunton 250 West exit. Take the third exit - there is signage for Fontaine Research Park. Turn left (crossing under Rt. 250). Turn right at the lights onto Ray C. Hunt Drive into the Fontaine Research Park.

From the south: Lynchburg: Route 29 North (toward Washington, D.C.). After passing under I-64, take the second exit - there is signage for Fontaine Research Park. Turn right at the lights onto Ray C. Hunt Drive into the Fontaine Research Park.

From east or west: Richmond or Roanoke: From I-64 take exit 118B. Take the first exit - there is signage for Fontaine Research Park. Turn right at the lights onto Ray C. Hunt Drive into the Fontaine Research Park.

Once you have turned into the Research Park, take the first right at the top of the incline and follow the road, which turns into Natural Resources Drive, for a half mile until you reach the Forestry Building.