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. Are you serious?!

    Is it just me or does the one on the left look just a little bit liek Obama, but with smaller ears?

    June 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You know, there's a word for people like you. And that word is: racist.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. whyohwhy

    Yeah that guys live in the white house now! It is totally Obama.

    June 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tatiana Covington

    She should have been armed. Then she would have just shot whoever it was. Problem solved!

    June 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wm

      She was armed. She had two In fact.

      June 14, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Clarissa

      Armed with what? She can't purchase a gun because she isn't 21, yes she could have pepperspray, but so what? it's her fault because she wasn't armed? How crappy is that? Obviously there shouldn't just be attackers on the loose.

      June 14, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • toldUso

      I doubt she could have gotten into the concert armed, even if she had a permit.

      June 14, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. dreamer96

    This happened in 2009, in Charlottesville, Virginia....and the police did not get any clues from the many video camera's in gas stations, and businesses, even ATM machines, any street intersection cameras...

    If she got a ride there might have been a video clip of the vehicle where you could see her in the car...That would have given them a type of vehicle at way the gas stations still have any videos from that night, unless there was a guy running off without paying for his gas, and the video is in a court record....Or a car accident that night where street video was saved by the insurance company....No cameras on the bridge or nearby on the shores pointing to the bridge. Is that a fishing area along the river...or barge travel, or shipping on the river?...What businesses might have been doing a shift change around that time....

    June 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. billy bob

    I love the irony: a band that wrote a song about capital punishment assisting in the search for a homicide suspect in a death penalty state (and since it was a suspected black man that killed a white female in a Southern state, well, we all know what that means...).

    June 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      What a moron you are.

      June 14, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Salad Spinner

      Fairfax is Northern Virginia which is an anomaly from the rest of the state. Where you from billy bob? alabammy?

      June 14, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Yeah, I suppose he should just be allowed to get away with murder because you don't like the death penalty.

      June 14, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      People like you make me sick. You want to turn this guy into the victim just because he's black and you believe some myth that the south is more racist than anywhere else.

      June 14, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • BosMonkey

      It means the police are still looking for a guy that killed a young woman. What's your point?

      June 14, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bufford T. Justice

    Surprised no one made a "...and Justice for All" joke yet...well, there you go...

    June 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Char

    I think the point here is that they are trying to help a family find the monster that killed their daughter. Like their music or not, they are doing a wonderful thing.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Skate

    "You know, there's a word for people like you. And that word is: racist."
    Why does everyone cry racism over stupid shxt? The guy was just stating that the composite resembled someone who happened to be the same color. Nothing racist about that. He didn't say "Kill black people," or "I hate black people." If a black guy sees a fat man with a white beard and compares him to Santa Claus does that mean he hates white people?

    June 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Superman

    @@@truth,,,if we are going to blame mettalica for preaching such things lets go to black sabbath how about some other bands? Will if you were to know the history of the world and the people that have contributed to the hate and murders of others look at our own government and the wars that have occured over the decades! Most of the music then and now only speaks the truth of society and portrays how we really are thats it,,,lets take balck sabbath for example,,,war pigs is one tells the truth about how wars are started and the suffering that is involved in wars its the truth what is said there, lets take mettalicas ride the lightening it talks about the way we murder our own people not rehabilatation which does not exist in the system so we just dispose of them in the garbage and how about this person that has murdered this girl? How desensitized has he become to the way our country is? So there you have it all on the wall,,,its not the music its the frame of mind that you listen to it with so case closed

    June 14, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Superman

    Oh and one more thing i hope they find the monster that did this and the monster is NOT the music or any other band,,,have a good evening,,,truth!

    June 14, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. Hamsta

    then maybe talented but even ozzy osbourne says they're stupid for sueing their fans.

    June 14, 2012 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo

      everyone rages on at how bad they claim Metallica sold out, but at least they never did a crappy reality show. Ozzy (as great a frontman as he is set side) is washed up and Sharon needs to just disappear off TV because in all honesty, the only one that cares what Sharon Osbourne thinks is Sharon Osbourne.

      June 14, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. kizi420

    Getting a haircut dosnt mean yovesod out. metallica is for their fans and i give them much respect for trying to get people to come forward to get justice for the victim.

    June 14, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |

    Ok, the sketches are of two different people. Does that mean I get double the "bounty?"
    The sketch on the left is Obama and the one on the right is Will Smith!
    Show me the money!

    June 14, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • lwood

      Poor pedo bear America is turninig black and brown but I guess the only place for the rascits to hide is the internet. Bet your some of your brown skin co workers wood find your comments interesting if they knew who you were . Got love the internet where you can say whatever .

      June 14, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. truth

    Metallica sucks.....james hetfield cannot sing only growls.. is that talent?? My cat can do that and much more.

    June 14, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Metal Militia

    Looking for a black man....hmmm no surprise there...animalas.

    June 14, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
    • lwood

      What about Ted Bundy long as its a crazy ASAP white guy it doesn't matter!!!!

      June 14, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • jackstraw1

      Oh looky...a racist second grade drop out who can't spell. Color me surprised.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
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