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Harrington parents speculate someone local killed Morgan

January 26, 2010
  • Investigators say there is significant evidence to suggest remains found in Albemarle Co. are Morgan Harrington's, but wouldn't elaborate.
Investigators say there is significant evidence to suggest remains found in Albemarle Co. are Morgan Harrington's, but wouldn't elaborate.

UPDATED: Wednesday afternoon

MEDICAL EXAMINER CONFIRMS REMAINS ARE MORGAN HARRINGTON'S

State police confirmed Wednesday that the remains found Tuesday morning at a farm in Albemarle County are those of Morgan Harrington. 

Police said the confirmation was based on dental records provided by Harrington's family. 

Dan Harrington told reporters Wednesday it could be another five or six days before the medical examiner releases Morgan's remains.

Investigators are still looking into the cause and time of death. 

PARENTS REACT TO NEWS THEIR DAUGHTER WAS FOUND

While authorities were back out at the farm Wednesday canvassing the area for additional evidence, Dan and Gil Harrington, Morgan's parents, met with reporters at the Copeley Street Bridge Wednesday afternoon. 

"We wanted to come here today because this is the last place that Morgan was seen before someone took her and murdered her," said Dan Harrington. 

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"For the first time in 101 days, I am not thinking every minute, ‘What is he doing to my daughter now? What is he doing to her?  What is she having to endure?  We are happy to have resolution," said Gil Harrington.  "We are happy to know that Morgan very likely, as Dan has said, did not live through the time of the concert.  She was a long time in that field.  I am happy that she was not alive long, enduring unspeakable things."

Morgan's remains were found on the Anchorage Farm, just off Route 29, a few miles south of Charlottesville by the farm's owner, David Bass. 

"My understanding is that this is not a random place that someone came upon accidentally, this is known to someone here.  It's a local person.  And as I said all along, Morgan would be found five miles from this bridge, and it was probably a local person, and I'm sure I'm 100 percent right," said Dan Harrington. 

Click here to watch the Harrington's news conference

UPDATED: Wednesday at 11:20 a.m.

State police confirmed Wednesday that the remains found Tuesday morning at a farm in Albemarle County are those of Morgan Harrington.   

Police said the confirmation was based on dental records provided by Harrington's family. 

Investigators are still looking into the cause and time of death.  Authorities are back out at the farm today canvassing the area for additional evidence. 

Morgan Harrington's father, Dan, released the following statement Wednesday morning:

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. 

State police's news release:

Virginia State Police have received confirmation from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond that the remains discovered Tuesday (Jan. 26, 2010) on farmland in Albemarle County, Va., are those of Morgan Dana Harrington, 20, of Roanoke, Va. Confirmation was made through dental records provided by the family.

The investigation continues into the cause and time of death. Virginia State Police, Albemarle County Police, University of Virginia Police, and Charlottesville Police are back out at the farm today (Jan. 27, 2010) canvassing the area for any additional evidence.

UPDATED at 11:09 p.m. Tuesday

At a news conference, state police confirmed the skeletal remains were found around 10 a.m. on a 700 acre farm.

Investigators say there is significant evidence to suggest the remains are Morgan Harrington's, but wouldn't elaborate.

They also wouldn't say if there are any obvious signs as to how she died.

Investigators are now working to determine how Morgan's remains ended up here and more importantly who placed them here.

State Police have received over 600 tips about this case over the last few months.

Investigators stress they need even more.

While State Police search for answers, friends and family begin the grieving process.

At the bridge where Morgan was last seen a candle is now lit, a reminder that a young woman can now rest in peace.

The area where the body was found is far off the beaten path. The remains might have stayed there undiscovered, if not for the harsh winter weather that had damaged fences on the more than 700 acre cattle farm.

Anchorage Farm is just off Route 29, a few miles south of Charlottesville. The owner David Bass was on his tractor checking fences in a remote area when he noticed something unusual in a pasture.

"I saw what I thought was a dead deer, got a little closer and it didn't look like a deer skull," says Bass.

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