On October 17, 2009, twenty year old Morgan Harrington, in her junior year as an education major at Virginia Tech, was looking forward to seeing a Metallica concert with friends at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena. At one point during the concert, however, she ended up outside the arena and couldn’t get back in. She talked to a friend by cellphone, saying she’d get home on her own.
She never returned.
Sadly, remains found on January 26, 2010 along a fence line in a hayfield on the Anchorage Farm in Albemarle County were confirmed to be Morgan. State police said she was found in a very remote area of the farm without easy access. They reported the area can only be reached by tractor or 4-wheel drive vehicle and there is no public access to the field. State police are treating her disappearance as a homicide.
After the discovery, Morgan's father, Dr. Dan Harrington, wrote on findmorgan.com: "Morgan's mother, Gil, and I are overwhelmingly saddened by yesterday's discovery, but we are also relieved because our questions can now be answered and we can give our daughter a proper burial. We know that because of the good life Morgan led and the love she created for everyone around her, she is now in a safer, better place. We appreciate everyone's respect for our privacy at this difficult time and we thank everyone who has helped us through this tragedy and helped us find Morgan."
Over 500 people attended funeral services in honor of Morgan Harrington on Friday, February 5, 2010 in Roanoke, Va.
On behalf of the Kristen Foundation, our hearts go out to Morgan's family and friends. She will be missed and remembered in our prayers.