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Top 7 Stories of 2009: #1 Disappearance of Morgan Harrington

January 01, 2010
  • Her mother, Gil, helped Morgan pick out her outfit that night. Her father, Dan, was supposed to help her with schoolwork the next day. She never came home.
Her mother, Gil, helped Morgan pick out her outfit that night. Her father, Dan, was supposed to help her with schoolwork the next day. She never came home.

Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech junior, disappeared from a Metallica concert in Charlottesville on October 17.

Her mother, Gil, helped Morgan pick out her outfit that night. Her father, Dan, was supposed to help her with schoolwork the next day. She never came home.

Her disappearance was the top story of 2009, according to a vote taken by the News7 staff.

Harrington's purse and cell phone were found in the parking lot of John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia.

Police conducted searches, friends passed out flyers and held vigils all hoping to find some trace of Harrington.

A timeline was released and more information about where she was last seen came to light. More than two months later and police know little more than that she was last seen near the Copely road bridge near the arena.

The night of the concert she left the arena and was not allowed back inside. She told her friends by cell phone that she would find a ride home.

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Her parents say they're holding out hope.

"You feel like you're quitting on Morgan if you start that mourning process," Gil Harrington said.

"How do you mourn but not only hold out hope?" Dan Harrington said.

Each day the Harrington's struggle with not knowing.

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