Morgan Harrington Murder: Forensic Evidence Matches Her Killer to 2005 Rape
Friday, July 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm
In October, college student Morgan Harrington was attending a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia. She became separated from her friends and ended up outside the arena. Her cell phone and other items were found in the parking lot...
But Morgan would never be seen alive again. (See our original story here.)
|Morgan became separated from her friends at a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia. She was never seen alive again.|
It wasn't until January that her remains were found on a farm 10 miles outside Charlottesville. Though police haven't released the manner of death, Morgan's parents say her bones were shattered. But police believe her killer had to be someone with intimate knowledge of the area, since the farm is in a remote location not easily navigated by outsiders.
Still, detectives hadn't caught a break until recently, when forensic evidence matched up with that from a 2005 rape in Fairfax.
|Evidence from a 2005 rape links this man to Morgan's murder|
In that case, a 26-year-old woman was walking home from the grocery when a man grabbed her from behind, carried her to the pool of a townhouse complex, and raped her. The woman got a good enough look to help create a police sketch of the creep, but the pervert was never caught.
The problem for police is that the sketch is now five years old, and the man could have changed his appearance.
Still, Morgan's parents say a bounty of evidence was found at the site where her body was dumped. If someone can identify the man from the sketch, it would bring detectives one step closer to lighting up the shitbag who killed her.
See our last missing persons death: 12-Year-Old Girl Found in Drainage Ditch.
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