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. Dt

    There are a lot of idiots on this comment board. Metallica is a great band. Good job helping out with this guys.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lou Cypher

    It is a well-known crime pattern that predators target concert traffic for prey. Local police, tax authorities and event organizers are all familiar with this activity, and know how to respond to incidents, they all have the right-people on speed-dial.

    Follow the money. It is far more cost-effective to have LEO investigate youth victimization incidents and deaths, than it would be to ensure that youth just had safe transportation to and from the event. LEO and civil authorities have a vested interest in sustaining and expanding the machinery of the police state, not youth safety.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    Great math skills by the writer of the article. If this happened 3 years ago, and the suspect was 25 to 35, wouldn't they now be 28 to 38? Would probably help the case a lot more to get the facts straight so folks knew who to look for.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. jay shelley

    Is it just me, but do all black people look like apes?

    June 14, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Raoul Duke, Jr.

      You are an ape and an ass.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Attheriversedgeandproudofit

      To uses a phrase said by Ed McMahon on the Carson show many times.. ..."You are correct, Sir"

      June 14, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • WhoCares

      Cause you know.. that's not racist at all..

      June 14, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Turd Ferguson

      Simple Answer : Simian Evolution

      June 14, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Attheriversedgeandproudofit

      What are you saying about the nape of jay's ass? You are a moron. Go home and eat your grits and collerd greens....then rest and get up for your midnight shift as a drive through attendant at the local Micky D's......buttcheese.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian Hartman

      Nope. I'm pretty sure it's just you and other racists..

      June 14, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      From the artists sketch it does look like you could probably find this perp in the monkey house at the zoo....

      June 14, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • triggerclue

      You know... you're right! I have never noticed that!

      June 14, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Klansmen

      No, you are correct..........Worthless monkeys

      June 14, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      It's just you... and it's just complete ignorance.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • thewiz_71

      Instead of responding to this troll, just flag this stuff. Don't feed the trolls, folks.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • DEAN

      It's not you...they do.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Archie Bunker

      Going to be difficult to catch the "right" guy. They all look alike, guess that's why they steal and kill.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Archie Bunker

      Was this sketch taken at the zoo?

      June 14, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • australopithecus


      June 14, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • MMiller

      What the hell is wrong with you?

      June 14, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • read2012

      All humans are descendant from the apes. Unless you're a bible-thumper, in which case you're descendants are 2 ribs, an apple and a scary bedtime story.

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

      Why must blacks be so violent? Can't they just follow the example of great, non-violent men like Jerry Sandusky? How about those warm and loving catholic priests, whose love for boys epitomizes the morals taught by Jesus? Damn those black people! It's a real shame.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • jackstraw1

      Is it just me, or are all racists a couple of evolutionary steps short of plankton?

      June 14, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. doh

    He must have been pirating metallica audios from napster.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jim african american committed a violent crime?......unheard of.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jason B

    Gee, the band offered a whole 10 grand. How ever did they afford that hefty sum?

    June 14, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • vanhagar

      How much did you offer?

      June 14, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Golden

      This report is incorrect. They offered $50,000. Huge difference CNN.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob B

      Love it!

      June 14, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. well

    metallica made all its money from the dope heads,

    June 14, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Duane

    It would be nice to bring closure to this family.....hope they catch him

    June 14, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. j

    white woman killed by black man... same story over and over and over

    June 14, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • MMiller

      Pure ignorance. More blacks have been murdered by whites and that's a fact.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      It's actually not as common as you think. Killers don't normally cross racial boundaries. Just the facts there Joe Friday.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. well

    metallica is guilty of spreading hate, violence, drugs, etc. through their lirycs. And they are trying to help??? ridiculous!! If they want to help, they should STOP singing that untalented, noisy, vain, unedifying, full of air, clouds without rain kind of music that gloryfies evil and sin. They are lions trying to help the zoo keeper find out who killed the zebra. hipocritas.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Vetter200

      It's apparent you have never heard Metallica before which means you are talking out of your ass. Wise up smelly breath.

      June 14, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      You are a complete and udder moron, just the mere fact that you think music is behind anything in life makes you one of the most simple people I have ever seen. By your same philosophy, Christian music should be band do to the fact Priest diddle little boys, and more people have died in the name of your so called god, than for any other reason known to man. So that make Christian music Evil, Promote Violence, and spread Hate...

      June 14, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • AGeek

      Interesting, if largely incorrect, opinion. You have clearly never read the lyrics or listened to much of their body of work. While there are some rather tasteless songs, the *vast* majority of those were originally written and recorded by other artists (Budgies, for instance). Please note I'm not a rabid Metallica fan, I am, however, a fan of opinions based on factual evidence – which yours is certainly not by any measure.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "they should STOP singing that untalented, noisy, vain, unedifying, full of air, clouds without rain kind of music that gloryfies evil and sin. " Right, and they should sing about buttercups and fairies and moonbeams. And now, you have to tell us what kind of music YOU think is good. Let me guess: mediocre god bands? Five fey boys singing close harmony with their heads together? Oo, I bet it's clod-stompin' country music, yee-HAW! De gustibus non disputandum est, especially in music.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • parvo00


      You've never actually listened to Metallica, have you?

      June 14, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • well

      jason..........................the stupid will defend the stupid... and so on... i hope you get it this time..adios

      June 14, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      You have obviously never listened to Metallica! By the way, what great talents do YOU have that qualify you to make such negative comments about one of the most accomplished bands of all time? Does your mommy know you are on the computer? Did you ask permission? I bet not...

      June 14, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Hugh Jass

    I thought this band died along with Napster. I certainly stopped listening to them when they went after fans for downloading their music. Hope they catch this guy and lock him in the same cell as two of the morons posting here.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • xetgib

      what?? did you want OBAMA care MUSIC???

      June 14, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. Doctor

    I've seen this guy before, in books and in Geiko ads.
    I know he lives in a cave and makes fires every night. We should start with that.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. RodRoderick

    "I'm Creeping Death!"

    June 14, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. SparkBunny- the colony, tx

    I'm sorry, but how is this Metallica's fault? A college girl hitchhiking alone in the middle of the night in north carolina? Make up whatever name for the guy you want, but i really doubt the concert had anything to do with it. Any woman dumb enough to do that better have some mace or a gun on her. It's not 1950 anymore.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
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