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.

Post by:
Filed under: Crime • Music • Virginia
soundoff (374 Responses)
  1. jim

    Ask Slayer

    June 14, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Fallen Angel

    I can't believe it!!! Martin Luther King did it,he is still alive and grew a beard to disguise himself.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jon

    So wait, Metallica has been committed to finding the murderer of fan *after* one of their concerts and all people can talk about is their music sucking? You do realize that this more than most bands would do for anybody. You also realize that probably makes them better people than any of you cynical jerks.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian Paul

    Were is Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? Figured they would be all over this thing!

    June 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton only get involved when the victim is black. If the perpetrator is the black person, they just act like it hnever happened.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SkiOne

    I think they should hope the police find them before Metallica does!

    June 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shidona Shingle

      Why? Would Metallica sing him to death, or do they possess magical powers?

      June 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chang

    Sketch looks like Tim Duncan,...check his I-pod for Metallica tracks

    June 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nolimits3333

    The suspect wore khaki pants and a pullover sweater. That sounds like an academic. Fairfax is close to George Mason university, and Charlottesville has the university of Virginia. It is probably someone associated with those two universities.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Sounds like a hipster...

      June 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lars Ulrich

    Napster s^cks

    June 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. crapweasel

    So was it in 2009 or 2005?

    June 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz in Seattle

      There were two assaults, crapweasel. They have a sketch from the one in 2005 and DNA from both victims that is from the same man. Now they are using the sketch from the 2005 assualt to try and find clues for the 2009 murder.

      June 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. crapweasel

    So..... was it in 2005 or 2009?

    June 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • both

      The Harrington case was 2009, the case the suspect is connected to happened in 2005. They have evidence that links the two, the 2005 case is where they got the composite sketch.

      June 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Herbie

    Are we supposed to report every black person that looks like this sketch?

    June 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cheryl

    White killer=Murder+hate crime. Black killer=Had a rough upbringing, give him a break.

    June 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • xetgib

      love it!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Harry

    "The FBI says Harrington was last seen hitchhiking" - Stupid mistake right there cost her, her life. NEVER hitchhike! You never know who is going to stop!

    June 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. scott caldwell

    I like wut jon said i dont understand why everybody is talkin about how there music sucks they are tryin to bring closure to a young womens famliy they lost a child. them people that are ranting about there music need to get over there selves

    June 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tia

    First of all why was she hitchhiking. She wasnt jus born the day b4. Did she kno about the crazy ppl tht we hav in the world? I still am very sympathetic for her family tho she did something stupid herself.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12