Missing Metallica fan found dead

Morgan Dana Harrington missing posterThe body of 20-year-old Morgan Dana Harrington, who went missing at a Metallica concert last October, has been found. Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the concert was held, say they’re “fairly confident” that the remains found on a nearby farm are that of the Virginia Tech student. Morgan was at the concert with friends, but after using a bathroom, wound up outside the building at 8:40 p.m., unable to get back inside. She called her friends to say she would try to find another way home. It was the last time anyone heard from her. Metallica offered an additional $50,000 to the Harrington family’s $100,000 reward shortly after her disappearance and posted information about the disappearance on their Web site. Virginia State Police Lieutenant Joe A. Rader said at a news conference on Tuesday: “While this has been a missing person’s case, we have always treated this as potentially a homicide. The cause of death will be determined by a medical examiner.” ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. mandee • January 28, 2010 @ 9:51 AM

    this is terrible news 🙁 RIP i feel bad for her family & friends.

  2. Nancy • January 28, 2010 @ 11:06 AM

    I have been to the website which her parents kept updated and I’ve looked at all her photos and read the updates and I felt such sadness for her family and friends. Now, they have closure. It doesn’t make it any easier, mind you, but at least they can have her funeral and bury her and know where she is and maybe move forward now instead of waiting, wondering if she will walk through the door someday. Sickos are everywhere. We need to protect ourselves and our friends and family from them when we can. If someone you know ever calls/tells you they have no ride, that they will find alternate transportation, GO, tell them to stay where they are and you WILL pick them up. It may be a bit of an inconvenience at the time but it’s also peace of mind, that you made sure they were not alone and were safe. I can’t even imagine how guilty her friends feel and will always feel for the rest of their lives…and it’s not their fault really, they are not to blame for the sick mind of another individual but they will pay greatly…there’s no stopping your conscience. Rest in peace, Morgan.

  3. Brian • January 28, 2010 @ 7:21 PM

    damn she was hot too. Metallica kick ass!!!

  4. gypsy • January 29, 2010 @ 2:28 AM

    Nancy very well said,I definitely agree with you!!!RIP Morgan.

  5. Nuncio • January 29, 2010 @ 11:10 AM

    Why was she not allowed back into the concert??? Shame on you, Metallica.

  6. jjones • January 29, 2010 @ 11:39 AM

    It’s not Metallica’s fault that she couldn’t get back in, it’s the owners of the Venue whoever they are.

  7. Fraydeecat • January 29, 2010 @ 11:59 AM

    Brian, what if she wasn’t “Hot”. Would it be less of a shame? I really hope not.

  8. TaNsHa • January 29, 2010 @ 12:08 PM

    We just discussed about Morgan in my criminal investigation class yesterday. Truly sad story. But there are many ambiguties in this case that needs to be carreid out with thorough investigaton and questions that need to be answered. God Bless her,her family, and friends. RIP Morgan

    RE: Nuncio

    To the best of my knowledge she wasn’t allowed back in the concert because she didn’t have her ticket stub with her; her friend had it. And when she told her friends she’ll find another way home it’s because her car keys were with one of her friends.

  9. Minerva • January 29, 2010 @ 12:51 PM

    Shoulda, woulda, coulda. Might have been easier to have had that friend meet her at the entrance and give her the stub and the keys than it would have been to find a safe ride home. As they say, hind sight is always 20/20.

  10. Nancy • January 29, 2010 @ 1:29 PM

    Well Minerva, there was no mention of her having no ticket stub on her nor that she had her own car there at the venue but no keys on her. TaNsHa mentioned that possibly all that stuff was with her friends inside. I made my comment based on the article.

    TaNsHa: So, the friends who were inside the concert are the friends she called? I wonder why they didn’t bring her stub to door security so she could get back in. I wonder why she went outside to start with. You can still smoke indoors in the US. It’s just weird. I don’t know many females who, at a venue like that, go to the washroom without at least one friend in tow and have some kind of a over the shoulder pouch or a pocket for keys, lip gloss and ticket stub. As a driver myself, I find it odd that she parted with her car keys. We drivers ALWAYS have somewhere to put our keys on us. Also, as a woman who wears makeup, I wonder where she kept her gloss.

  11. Decora • January 29, 2010 @ 2:49 PM

    What is wrong with all these sickos that go around killing other people. Kill yourself if you hate life and leave innocent people alone….

  12. Mary • January 29, 2010 @ 3:33 PM

    Isn’t it disgusting that the MAJORITY of murders, sex offences of women and children are committed by the male species.

  13. Lambage • January 29, 2010 @ 7:24 PM

    “male species?” we’re a seperate species now? also what exactly are you trying to say? you hate men all men because a few of them aren’t wired properly?

  14. Jim • January 29, 2010 @ 7:30 PM

    Not that I disagree with everything that you said Nancy because I agree with 99% of it but not all venues allow smoking indoors. Actually the majority of the concerts that I have been too don’t allow it. Some have a gated area that you do not have to show your ticket stub to get back in but others just make you go outside and there are signs all over that tell you to keep it on you. I have been to venues all over the States and everywhere is different. I have not been to this one though so I can’t comment directly on it but judging from the ones I have been to, everywhere seems to be different.

  15. mandee • January 29, 2010 @ 7:30 PM

    so that means women cant be murderers and sex offenders? im sure that just as many women are criminals as men, the only difference is men are probably too ashamed to admit they were raped or molested by a woman.

  16. Nancy • January 29, 2010 @ 7:39 PM

    Mary: That is a sexist comment even though I agree that the “majority” of criminals are male. I certainly hope that no one flips out about me saying that because the proof of it is right in front of us every day…there are more prisons for men than women…FACT! I do not understand WHY you would bring this up..??

    Jim: I agree.

    Mandee: Mary said the “MAJORITY”, she didn’t say “all”. As for there being just as many women criminals as men, please refer to my above comment to Mary.

  17. tributegirl • January 29, 2010 @ 8:03 PM

    What a sad end. I really feel for her and her loved ones.

  18. Minerva • January 30, 2010 @ 7:36 AM

    Nancy on January 29, 2010 1:29 PM : After slapping down my comment, you went on to say the exact same thing I just said in my post! Your questions and comments were based on TaNsHa’s post, not on the article as you stated. And what is all this about the makeup and lip gloss???? Get real. What a retread!!!

  19. Nancy • January 30, 2010 @ 2:05 PM

    Minerva: What’s your problem “retread”? I said that my PREVIOUS comment…you know, the one you “slapped down”, the one BEFORE TaNsHa made her comment? Didn’t you read what I addressed to you? I said that to you because I was the one who said that friends should always make sure that their family/friends get home safely…then, you came along, “slapping down” my comment, AFTER TaNsHa made her comment adding info she heard, and you said “Might have been easier to have had that friend meet her at the entrance and give her the stub and the keys than it would have been to find a safe ride home”. So yes, I did base my comment AFTER TaNsHa’s comment ON TaNsHa’s comment..what am I psychic? I should have addressed a comment to her BEFORE she ever made a comment? DUH! My comment to you was informing you that I didn’t like your little snub referring to my previous comment, ie: “…than it would have been to find a safe ride home”. Going by the article, which I was BEFORE TaNsHa commented, there was absolutely no mention of Morgan not having her ticket stub on her, of the ticket stub being with her friends inside, of the vehicle in the parking lot belonging to Morgan, nor of the keys to the vehicle being inside with those same friends. So, word from the wise here, “retread”, next time you try “slapping down” my comments, I will come back at you full force…as I just did!

  20. Minerva • January 30, 2010 @ 2:41 PM

    Not intimidated by forum bullies, sorry.

  21. Nancy • January 30, 2010 @ 2:48 PM

    Me neither, “retread”…nor face-to-face bullies.

  22. Nancy • January 30, 2010 @ 2:52 PM

    I gotta laugh though, I mean YOU come along “slapping down” my comment, tell me to “Get real!” and call me a “retread!!!”…then have the nerve to call ME a “forum bully”..?? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  23. Carol • January 30, 2010 @ 4:19 PM

    It was so good of Metallica to offer the reward. They are not responsible for what happens to their fans, but the fact they they actually had compassion for this family. I am not a metallica fan, but I did think that this was awesome when I heard it so long ago.
    As for why she couldn’t get into the concert, there must’ve been a reason. And maybe she didn’t want back in, who knows? It is unimportant now as far as this poor young girl and her family are concerned. This is terrible, how a night of fun can turn so tragic. There is strength in numbers, do not go the the bathroom or for drinks alone, always go in twos at least, and that is not just for the women. Really there are so many freaks out there now that men and women alike should always have a “buddy”. This is not how it should be, but unfortunately if you want to be safe, this is how it is.

  24. Thibz • January 31, 2010 @ 6:46 AM

    You know a girl is dead here and all you guys care about is B******* and proving points. Shame on you all, minus the ones who didnt antaginize further. This is sad news for the family and friends. I hope the facts come to light in this case.

  25. sim9999 • January 31, 2010 @ 2:07 PM

    I stopped liking Metallica after the whole Napster thing. Plus I’m sure they could have afforded to put up way more than $50K for the reward.

    This story is so sad in multiple ways. Everyone involved will always be regretting their decisions of what could have been done to prevent this tragedy.

    Rest in Peace Morgan.

  26. Nancy • January 31, 2010 @ 5:52 PM

    Thibz: As if you would just sit there and do nothing when someone tells you to “Get real” and calls you names over a comment you made giving your opinion on this article, when you said nothing bad about that person at all. I do agree with your comment but I won’t sit back and do nothing when someone does this to me.

    sim9999: Sure Metallica could have put up more than 50G’s but they couldn’t put up too much or it would never end. Fans would be constantly disappearing and reappearing just to collect rewards from them.

    TaNsHa: I’ve read up on this and there was no issue with a ticket stub…it is against JPJ Arena policy to allow someone back into the venue during a concert once they have exited, stub or no stub. Also, she went to the concert with 2 friends, hitching a ride with them…so she never had a vehicle there and her friends never had her keys. Her purse, ID and cell phone were found in the parking lot of the JPJ Arena after her disappearance.


  27. michael • January 31, 2010 @ 11:42 PM

    Everybody!!prearrange a safe ride back after the event. During the event have a plan incase you get separated.!!Talk with venue staff & security guards. Take each other seriously!!! arrive together and leave together.!!!!!

  28. Carol • February 1, 2010 @ 11:53 AM

    sim9999 – I agree, they could’ve done more, but really, they didn’t have to do anything. Being at their concert did not make them responsible for anything that happened here. as I mentioned, I am not a Metallica fan, but I think what they did was amazingly wonderful. Michael, you are so right, go together, leave together, have a plan in case you get seperated. Things can still happen but knowledge is power, and having a plan so everyone knows what to do can hopefully ensure we rarely or never hear of a sad story like this one again.

  29. Thibz • February 1, 2010 @ 3:04 PM

    Well Nancy you could do like i do at times and not respond. You only fuel the fire when you fight back on these posts.

  30. Thibz • February 1, 2010 @ 3:11 PM

    And in the end you only satisfy yourself by attempting to get the last word which doesnt change a thing or even prove a point in the long run. Words are words and on here its all a joke as far as im concerned. The first couple post will be serious and topic related and then after that it turns into an elementary shcool playground of bickering children.

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