- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

UPDATED:

RICHMOND — Skeletal remains found on a remote farm are those of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, state police said Wednesday.

Morgan Harrington’s dental records were used by Virginia’s chief medical examiner to make the confirmation, state police said in a statement. The cause and time of Miss Harrington’s death has not been determined, investigators said.

Miss Harrington, 20, disappeared Oct. 17 after attending the concert in Charlottesville. A farmer inspecting his fields found her remains Tuesday about 10 miles from the auditorium.

In a statement, Dan Harrington said: “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.”

The Harringtons were to meet briefly with reporters later Wednesday at the Copley Road Bridge in Charlottesville. Investigators have said witnesses last placed Miss Harrington on the railroad bridge.

Police have said Miss Harrington, a junior majoring in education, became separated from friends after she left the arena and was denied re-entry. Her purse and cell phone were found by a passer-by in a small parking lot between the arena and an athletic field.

Since her disappearance, hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement officials have searched the surrounding area. Investigators said they had not searched the hayfield where the remains were found. They were at the field Wednesday seeking additional evidence.

Police received hundreds of tips, and at least $150,000 in rewards were offered. Metallica contributed $50,000.

Miss Harrington’s image was seen on billboards and posters around Virginia, and her family created a Web site to further the search.

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