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Student perspectives on unsolved VT cases

October 27, 2009
  • "Bad things happen, unfortunately, to college students all the time. Its just because it's Virginia Tech they get picked up even if they're not in the area," explains VT student William Kelly.
"Bad things happen, unfortunately, to college students all the time. Its just because it's Virginia Tech they get picked up even if they're not in the area," explains VT student William Kelly.

Two unsolved cases involving Virginia Tech students are relying heavily on tips from the public.

Investigators are trying to put together the pieces of both the David Metzler and Heidi Childs murders and the disappearance of Morgan Harrington.

Blacksburg Police have told News 7 the cases are not connected, but there are still plenty of unanswered questions.

"Bad things happen, unfortunately, to college students all the time. Its just because it's Virginia Tech they get picked up even if they're not in the area," explains VT student William Kelly.

Don Childs wants the story to remain on people's minds because no one has been arrested for the murders of his daughter and her boyfriend.

At the same time, Gil and Dan Harrington hope for the safe return of their daughter Morgan Harrington.

"Whenever my mind starts to go into any of those avenues, what she could be experiencing, I can't go there. I reign my mind in because I don't want to go there," says Morgan Harrington's mother, Gil.

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Morgan was last seen at a Metallica concert in Charlottesville. Big rewards are offered in both cases.

"I just really hope they get some answers. Obviously it's not something you would get over depending on what happens, they just need some closure to be at peace with themselves," offers Melissa Coates, VT student.

"It doesn't worry me. I don't feel like because I'm a Virginia Tech student anything bad is going to happen to me. I just think that things get highlighted because of the things that have happened," concludes Kelly.

Blacksburg investigators for the Childs/Metzler case ask for folks to be aware of changes in people's sleeping patterns, recent substance abuse or an abnormal interest in the case.

If you have information about either of these cases, call the police.

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