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. truth

    It is beyond ridiculous to see grown man act like teenagers. Metallica's music are for spaced- out minded people smoking dope. Their music will banish forever into eternity.

    June 14, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      ""smoking dope"? Seriously? Where are you from, Leave It To Beaver?

      June 14, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. JOEP

    The photo they got looks like Obama..............

    June 14, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. contradiction

    If metallica would practice what they sing they would all be in death row.

    June 14, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus Christ

      Jesus Christ, shut up....

      June 14, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Ari3s

      So would somewhere between 60 and 85% of every other musical group out there. What's your point?

      June 14, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Clueless

      If you had ever listened to a Metallica album, you would know they have an anti-war mantra. They also have a song against the death penalty.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bob B

    Those morons should be a great help. I guess their looking for some cheap PR. They used to a good band back in the day, but that day was a long time ago. They are worth mega millions and they offer $10,000.00 bucks. The other $140,000.00 probably came from fans and family.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Metallica

      Speaking of morons, Bob B, it's "they're," not "their." "They're" is the contraction for "they are." "Their" is the possessive adjective. Glad we could educate you on the English language, but now we have to get back to catching a killer.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob B

      Metallica that's the best reply you could come up with. You bite and are morons too. I hope that someone finds the killer, but I don't think it will be Metallica or you.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Metallica

      Bob B, that's the best retort you can come up with? Feel free to learn the English language before criticizing others. Oh, and kindly refrain from operating heavy machinery or voting. By the way, we make millions of dollar every year and live like kings. How long have you been unemployed? Do you have any skills besides writing in broken English? Where were you exactly on the evening of October 17, 2009? Can your parole officer vouch for you?

      June 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mordecai

    A black guy is the primary suspect? No way!

    June 14, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. rabbit one

    good for them – lord have undying mercy – why are there always brutal murderous men lurking to kill women – what a sick world we live in

    June 14, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. contradiction

    Saying that metallica is helping the FBI finding a killer, is like saying that a lion is helping the zoo keeper finding out who killed the zebra. Metallica has had a history of gloryfing hate. Metallica and police just dont sound right.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • caramiamy

      Amazing. Anyone who posted realize that a young lady was murdered and the public is being encouraged to help solve it? Just as a restaurant may help spread the word about a loyal patron who was murdered, this band is trying to help a fan's family. What you consider "good" or "bad" music means nothing. Providing closure for the family and justice for her murder means everything.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      What are you doing to help this poor family.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. contradiction

    A lion is helping the zoo keeper finding out who killed the zebra.

    Metallica sucks

    June 14, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. BeerBrewerDan

    Like them or not if I was the parent of this girl I would be happy anyone was trying to help, especially a band with hundreds of thousands of listeners.

    Oh, sorry. I always forget that logic has no place here. Dang.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Leslie Holiday

    Shocker, the suspect is black – not a white professional. They truly are another species alltogether & need to be quarantined at this point.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Norps


      June 14, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • jackstraw1

      CYS should remove any children within a thirty mile radius of you.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Norps

    Just now getting involved in a 2009 killing? What were they holding out to see if they could get some money first? Wouldn't be the first time they chose money over fans.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • sixin

      Nope. They've been involved since the beginning when she was reported missing.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Name*Joazona

    Hope they find him

    June 14, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Yarch

    Talentless... that should come only from people hearing justin biever and playing rock band on wii. Yeah, they are so talentless that after 30 years they keep selling millions of records, touring all around the world to sold out concerts and even that they are musicians, trying to collaborate to public affairs and that's not their job... if that's being Talentless?? I wannna be one too!!! try to achieve similar and you can talk, if not, just limit yourself at your mediocre lives and get over it. Cheers!!!!!

    June 14, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. Leslie Holiday

    Black people are primarily criminals and do very little good for the community. Can we all agree on that ?

    June 14, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      Leslie, stop generalizing, it shows your ignorance, and lack of education.
      You and I both know that there are good black and white people and bad black and white people so stop it.
      Its about helping solve a case and not about your opinion.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • jackstraw1

      We can all agree that you're an idiot. Now go brush your tooth.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Stu

    everyone rages on at how bad they claim Metallica sold out, but at least they never did a crappy reality show."

    Ummm... Did you forget about "Some Kind of Monster"? Moron.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
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