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UPDATED: Morgan Harrington's mother says killer is "hiding in plain sight"

Authorities warn he has likely changed his appearance since the first sketch was released.

June 03, 2012|WDBJ Web Staff

Charlottesville, Va. — UPDATED Monday, 10:00pm:

The mother of a murdered Virginia Tech student hopes a new sketch of the suspect will help root out the killer.

The FBI released a new sketch of the man wanted for Morgan Harrington's death, over the weekend.

Morgan was last seen alive at a Metallica concert in Charlottesville in 2009. Her body was found on an Albemarle County farm three months later.

Morgan's mother, Gil, thinks this new sketch could be the turning point in her daughters case.

"If you are one of those who has had some suspicions or concerns, and the hair on your neck has gone up a couple of times, don't filter. Call police and let them be the ones to look into it. That's what we're trying to do, shake loose a killer who is walking amongst us," Harrington said.

The computer-generated sketch is of a person wanted for a sexual assault in northern Virginia in 2005. DNA has linked Morgan's death to that crime.

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"To me, the most frightening thing about it is that it doesn't look like the face of evil, it looks like a regular person walking around," Gil Harrington explains. "That's why this composite is important because there is someone who looks regular, walking around hiding in plain sight."

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The FBIhas released a new sketch of the man they believe is responsible for killing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.

The new sketch is very similar to the composite sketch created after a Fairfax assault in 2005.  The suspect has been genetically linked to that 2005 sexual assault and to Morgan Harrington's murder.

Harrington was last seen leaving a Metallica concert on October 17th, 2009.  The 20 year old's body was discovered three months later on an Albemarle County farm.

Police warn that the suspect has likely changed in appearance since the original 2005 sketch.

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