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. Paul

    By the way, it should be EXTREMELY easy to find the suspect as he's an "African American." How many African American's are there in the USA? Five, Ten? VERY VERY few people in America hold dual citizenship in the United States and ANY of the African countries. So, get on the governments databases, narrow down the names of ALL the people in the USA who hold dual citizensdhip in America and an African country and find out which one was in the area of the crimes and you've got your man. Mystery SOLVED!

    June 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fiona

    Those opposite sletches look like illustrations from a eugenics manual. Or an anthropology text.

    I live near a university and see beautiful, young girls hitching rides far too often. Why would anyone take that risk?

    June 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |

    where is the outrage on this story a black guy kills a white woman nobody marches no protest why is that?

    June 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chaos

      Um, because there is no indication that race itself was the motive. Your analytical skills are very poor.

      June 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chaos

      @the thetruth71 Um, because there is no indication that race itself was the motive. Your analytical skills are very poor.

      June 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seraphim0

      It actually cracks me up, truth, that you're referring to the martin case–which was a hispanic killing an african american. Caucasians do realize that Zimmerman isn't white, right? I'd assume if they did, it wouldn't be nearly as popular.

      June 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • lancer5150

      Protesting the death of a white at the hands of a African-American is racist. Calling attention to the death of an African-American at the hands of a white is doing your part to combat racism.

      June 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • eloe

      Every murder causes outrage and saddness. Here it is more saddness, because it is not known who the killer is, and nobody told him to just go home and forget about it. We can only hope that they find the guy who did this soon, he will then definitely not escape justice.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |

      If you think people should be protesting over her death = why arent white people out there doing it ? I know you couldn't possibly be waiting for black people to do it because you have always said we are lazy ???

      June 15, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Oso650

      Yeah, why aren't you?

      June 15, 2012 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Badly-Bent

    Looks like Larry Ellison to me.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gantry29

    While their dopey 80's weedily weedily guitar playing & phony baloney tough guy singing bores me to tears, good for them for helping.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jcl


    June 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cykilll

    Of course it's going to be a black guy, because we are always the first blamed when it comes to a crime!

    June 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ingenuous

      That is not true at all in cases of Serial Killing. African Americans almost never fit the profile. The majority of serial killers are white males.

      June 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kareful-kay

    I am for Obama, in the sense that he was/is better than Bush, and would/will be better than Romney, but doesn't this sketch look a bit like Obama? "If I had a sketch, it would look like me."

    June 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • malasangre

      looks like the guy who just killed the nurse.

      June 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • twh

      it looks kinda like a neanderthal/caveman in my opinion.

      June 18, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Pelegrim


      July 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Journeystarr

    Wow, just wow..a black guy at a heavy metal concert is out of place? You kids have never obviously heard of God Forbid -3/5 of that band is black, including the singer-, the lead singer of Killswitch Engage is black, the singer of Poison the Well is black..notjing wrong with a little siversity. I see alot of people in America arw still stuck in the 50's and 60's with their stereotyping. Sad. That being said, Metallica may be past their prime -they lost their edge when Cliff,died- but for them to do this for the family of one of their fans is awesome. I hope the idiot that took Morgan's life is caught and dealt with swiftly and harshly. Morgan didn't deserve this.

    June 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulie

      Maybe they ought to investigate the t-shirt sellers in the parking lot.

      June 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • albert

      Do you know how to comprehend what you read? She was picked up hitchhiking after the concert Not at the concert. Nowhere in the article does it say the suspect was at the concert.

      June 15, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • OLa Nugget

      Killswitch has a new lead singer, the old, hes back, your comment is now invalid

      June 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • luciferjr

      She actually went missing outside the arena. So the guy could have been just walking by or maybe a vendor selling concert shirts. He didn't actually have to be a fan of the band.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chris G

    They only did this so they can sue whoever catches the killer for copyright infringment

    June 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deandra

      Hahaha! So true.

      June 16, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Paulie

    They ought to make a record about it and use the money to help find her.

    June 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio Alvarez

      isn't that what they're planning?

      June 18, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. FesterNScab


    June 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lovegrantedlife

    I'm sorry although I certainly don't condone killing another human being, but perhaps next time that human being should think about not hitchhiking on a bridge. Who does that?

    June 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Galt Ramirez

      Just because someone does something reckless does not make them any different than you. How many times have you done something stupid? If you were honest you would say MANY times.

      June 18, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Atlas Shrugged

      Galt you play stupid all the time.

      June 18, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. hangar 18

    Yes it does

    June 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    the two pictures are the same.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obamanation1

      almost, look a little closer

      June 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
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