Metal band Metallica joins hunt for killer
The FBI issued this composite drawing of the suspect in a 2005 sexual assault that is linked by DNA evidence to the 2009 murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.
June 13th, 2012
03:57 PM ET

Metal band Metallica joins hunt for killer

Metallica is doing its part to help the FBI solve the murder of a 20-year-old college student after a 2009 concert by the rock band in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In a one-minute announcement on YouTube, Metallica frontman James Hetfield urges anyone who knows anything about what happened to Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington to contact authorities.

"Remember, any information, no matter how small you think it is, could be that crucial piece investigators need to help solve the case," Hetfield says in the video, with guitars and amplifiers in the background.

The band offered $10,000 in 2010 for information leading to an arrest in the case; the reward fund since has grown to $150,000, Hetfield says.

"This crime we feel was horrific in nature and what we want to do is bring closure to Morgan's family," Virginia State Police Capt. Timothy Lyon says in a video on the FBI's website. "We want an arrest, and that's what we're committed to doing."

Morgan Harrington

The FBI says Harrington was last seen hitchhiking on a Charlottesville bridge after leaving the concert before it was over on October 17, 2009. Her body was found in a field four months later. She had been wearing a distinctive silver necklace with Swarovski crystals, which has not been recovered.

The FBI says DNA evidence links Harrington's case to a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax, Virginia. The bureau issued an enhanced composite sketch of an unnamed man they think may be responsible.

The suspect is described as an African-American male with black hair and facial hair at the time of the 2005 attack. He is about 6 feet tall and was believed to be between 25 and 35 years old at the time of the attack, making him 32 to 42 now.

Information can be conveyed by calling Virginia State Police at 434-352-3467; Fairfax police at 703-385-7959; or the FBI at 800-225-5324.

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  1. Hope

    My comment won't post.

    Ye with little faith,

    June 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James

    Ewww and I thought they sold out a long time ago . . .

    June 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hope

    It'd be nice if CNN would cover crime more often, like the Craigslist killer. You might find success in doing so.


    June 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I sincerely hope that her killer is found!
    This is atrocious.
    My sympathy to her family amd friends, and the hope that they find him soon!

    June 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. maxine

    Girls you must be careful out there!!!
    This girl was drunk and wandered off w/the wrong guy.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anomic Office Drone

    I'd hate the know the kind of person who would withhold facts about a murder investigation unless Metallica asked them to come forward.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • NooYawkah

      And even then Dave Mustaine probably wouldn't cooperate.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    Yeah, and like OJ, they won't rest until he's brought to justice.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sbrez

    what is going on at virginia tech? its like the friggin hunger games down there.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. truth

    Metallica are a bunch of big old man acting like rebel kids. Metallica helping the FBI?? Jaja what a contradiction in terms. Metallica helps promote violence,hate,suicide etc.
    " Charles Manson practice what he believes, if Metallica would really practice what they sing, kill em all, seek and destroy, etc. they would be on death row or dead by now" they need to clean up really bad.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • truth

      I dont know what they are about?? Well.. i used to be their fan in the 80s when cassette players and LPs were the last thing. I just know the truth now.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Grow up and stop looking just at the surface of things.

      / Don't really care for Metallica myself, but good lord, this jealousy problem is crazy.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. County Boy

    Looks like Denzel Washington.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • jackstraw1

      Except for not at all, you're right.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. NooYawkah

    Personally I'd rather they go after Lars Ulrich for criminal musicality on a percussion instrument.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lmao! I was thinking the same thing!

      June 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. truth

    James Hetfield should not talk about helping out to find the killer. I bet he can write a heavy metal song about seeking and destroying with some kind of monster within. Metallica has helped destroyed the minds of many youth with hate, sucide, lyrics. They need to grow up. They are ridiculous. Metallica and Police dont mix.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • onesittingbill

      So I take it the only album you've ever listened too is Kill 'em All. Written 30 years ago when they were kids. Try living in the present. They have many good and meaningful songs not surrounded by hate. Even the hate songs are well deserved. From our government to the religion pushed on us as a child.

      June 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jackstraw1

      Of course they don't. Pop/pseudo punk and metal don't go together at all.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chris Ward

    I really hope this guy....RIDES THE LIGHTNING! YEEEE AWWWW!

    June 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. truth

    If Metallica would practice what they preach, they would be American terrotists. Dont believe it??? Well... just listen to their lyrics. Kill'em all? Seek and destroy?? There is an evil feeling in my brain?? Etc. Sounds like what the terrorists were thinking on 9/11!!!

    June 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Npat

      This must be Dave Mustaine

      June 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sailor101

      "Truth"????? After reading a number of your post you seem to be a bit twisted. Sounds like you have a personal ax to grind. Do you know that you can always change to a different station if you don't like the song that is playing on the radio? No one, and I repeat NO ONE forces you to listen to Metalica so like get over it already!

      June 14, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Hope

    I guess money can buy ALMOST anything.

    Bye-Bye, CNN, good luck on your man hunt;
    Hype (pun intended)

    June 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      That made like zero sense. ZERO

      June 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      They played Metallica at quantanamo to drive the terrorists crazy. Wonder if it worked?

      June 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Sorry if I offended you; but, like I said LE, the family and the press have told lie after lie in regards to what happened to Morgan... There were no beautiful bones, in fact, every single bone in her body was broken. They say they shook trees trying to find this monster... trees were used in her torturous death. Lie after lie.

      Don't get me wrong, I want him caught. But it's hard to pray for a family who lies. Lying is what guilty people do... and it has spoiled everyone's chance for justice. Morgan was not his first and she wasn't his last.


      June 14, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
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