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. Jody Mullis

    I've been a Metallica fan since they started. I've never had my mind destroyed by the lyrics in their songs, as Truth puts it. The lyrics are an expression of frustration and anger that we all feel time to time, about you name it, war, religion, life and death. How about this, the next time you hear the song "Seek and Destroy" or "Kill Them All" assume they are talking about the enemies of the United States, if you want to take it so literal.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Jody Mullins!!!!!!!!!! are you that naive?? so when i listen to a song just thing of something else right?? RIGHT?? I would have to repeat myself again ..adios amigos

      June 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      soldier boy, made of clay, now an empty shell
      21, only son, but he served us well...
      Bred to kill, not to care.. do just as we say
      Finished here, Greatings Death... He's yours to take away...

      yeah, how are you gonna put a positive spin on that?

      PS: God Bless Cliff Burton!

      June 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth


      June 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the_dude

    Call me crazy but I dont think it is a good idea for a young woman to be hitchiking home from a concert. Sounds like she lacked good parenting which contributed to her death.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moose

      You would be wrong about the parenting part. Not a valid assumption in this case.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • lovinghettobooty

      someone above suspcion did this.

      June 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • believer

      You know Jeff, she might have had to leave the concert to get home to take care of her parents. The Dude would know that...

      June 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Golden

      Or the effects of getting roofied. Do your research.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      Do you REALLY think ANYONE in their right mind would take parenting advice from a loser who calls himself "the_dude" ??? Now THAT is truly entertaining!...

      June 14, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. truth

    Try to live out a hateful Metallica song... and youll end up dead or on death row. You fools just listen to it, but practice it and you know im right!@

    June 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Do me a favor and name one Metallica song that is full of hate, and I and many others will tell you just how off base you are.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • hedbangr

      name 1 song

      June 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Do me a favor and name one Metallica song that is full of hate, and I and many others will tell you just how off base you are. Having a loud guitar and a voice lower than Justin Beiber does not make a band hateful.

      5/10 for getting me to respond

      June 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pn

    You have no clue about the metallica lyrics. They are fine people playing fine music.

    June 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      pn.............the guilty will ALWAYS defend the guilty.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ibitz

      "fine music"? I think not. Talentless musicians they are.

      June 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • DevilDriven

      Talentless? What do you listen to? Chris Brown? Rihanna? mayeb some Gaga? I bet that is what you think talent is. Pick up an instrument and play some Metallica or should I say try to play it.. Let us know how that goes for you..

      June 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • believer

      Actually, they are quite talented, just not your cup of tea.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • contradiction

      some bitter tea.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      You don't have to like their music, but to call them talentless is absurd and shows that you clearly know nothing at all about music of any type. Time to shut 'er down and go back out on the front porch of the trailer and grab another cold one.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • LawsRL

      You think not, indeed.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      What have you accomplished? Sell a million CD's lately?

      June 14, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      Just because you don't like their music doesn't mean they are "talentless"

      June 14, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe Metallica

      Bashing Metallica? Go listen to your cold play and maroon five and your other flaming music.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Frowny face

      Cold Play isn't bad mate, tho I would join a riot to overturn maroon's tour bus

      June 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • mudbone9

      Why are you hear? You obviously don't like heavy metal so leave please. This article was not meant for you because your taste in music sucks.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • BruDog

      and Justin Bieber is so great, right?

      June 14, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • AmazedinFL

      @Ibitz, talking like Yoda you are.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • tks123

      Talentless? You are a real joke. You obviously have no idea how difficult that music is to play. Metal music, while loud, is both fast paced and technically difficult to play. Any musician who plays music should be applauded for their efforts. It is ok to not like metal music, but to say they do not play fine, you are a real tool.

      June 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • HATER710

      What type of instrument do you play?

      June 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMard

      They haven't played "fine music" since Cliff Burton died

      June 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orion

      Second that

      June 14, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • me138

      exactly right.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • xetgib


      June 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • cdgfla

      Wrong. And Justice for All was their last good album, if not their best ever. Black album was a Bob Rock sell out, and don't get me started on anything after that. Hetfield is too busy painting daisies with his therapist to get raw and mean again.

      June 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris browner than you

      "You have no clue about the metallica lyrics"

      That's because Hetfield can't sing.

      Growling into a mic does not make you a singer.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Archie Bunker

      Better than Rap!

      June 14, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Archie Bunker

      Rap is crap

      June 14, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunter

      Lack of singing ability does not necessarily make one a bad musicion. Consider Bob Dylan.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • dhondi

      used to be.....

      June 14, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      It is always funny to hear that a band who sings about "creeping death", the "Call of Cthulu", "riding the lightning" (the elcetric chair)and has an album named "Kill 'Em All" actually cares about the injustice of one of their brainwashed fans getting off'ed at one of their shows.

      June 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Truth

    ok tomorrow when you wake up go and practice a kill"em all metallica song! Just do it see waht happens.. I am talking about deeds not just words!!

    June 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave Not Mustaine

    Why do we have to try and 'live out' their songs? It's music... It's to be listened to. I like Billy Joel. Should I get mad at him for playing piano in a bar? I also like Led Zeppelin. It doesn't mean I am going to ramble-on to Mordor, or go to Kashmir.

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

      music sends messages!!! negative or the case of Metallica is all depressing, hopless messages that can fuel hate in ones mind.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      what is mordor

      June 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • believer

      Thank you!

      June 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. commonsensepeople

    white girl getting into a car with a black guy? metalicca fans really are stupid

    June 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth got it and you said it just a matter of fact you hit the bulls eye in saying that metallica fans are stupidos....

      June 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • believer

      It is spelled with one c.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jackstraw1

      Then you must be a groupie.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. JT are welcome to your opinion about music, and the band/bands that make that music, but why are you amping about the band in this particular case? They are trying to help find a killer. That is a noble thing no matter how you cut it so take your hate elsewhere..please. This was someones daughter that died, and your hate of the band has nothing to do with this. Take it elsewhere.

    June 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      im sure is noble to try to help someone..even the worst can do de best.. one little snowflake can get hold of other snowflakes and turn into a hudge snowball that can role ove you!!! as an ex-fan all am saying is that that kind of trash music do send negative messages.

      June 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      "Truth" You are SO full of manure that it is starting to get on my screen! We really don't care what a hateful loser like you thinks of anyone's lyrics! Please go spew your pointless vitrol somewhere else! What positive, constructive contributions have YOU ever made to society, Hmm? NONE whatsoever! That is exactly what we thought, please go "master bait" somewhere else...

      June 14, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. Orto

    Shame money can't buy you spell check.

    June 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. deziek


    June 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Caroline

    The caption under the sketch composite is wrong. The victim was a student at Virginia Tech, not University of Virginia

    June 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ibitz

    Metallica's music is just an awful bunch of noise. In 20 years nobody will remember them.

    June 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohioan

      They've already been around for 30 years. I attended a concert in 1992. My kids listen to them. I still listen to them. I am your every day average soccer mom. I'll probably listen to them when I'm 80.

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

    Learn to use and carry a firearm, law enforcement will not be there to protect you.

    June 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yourlogicisflawed


    There are more songs about love than anything else. If music could make things happen we'd all love each other.

    June 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Murderer

    I give up! Just please don't make me listen to St. Anger ever again!

    June 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
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