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. Archie Bunker

    This sketch is a caveman.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • jackstraw1

      Huh. And how many generations from now will critters in your line drop their tails and begin walking upright?

      June 14, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Fred Jennings

    FADE TO BLACK should be played as the animal is executed when caught. Metallica rolled over at the BLACK ALBUM. KILL 'EM ALL!!!!

    June 14, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • \m/ MEGADETH \m/

      NO! Ride the Lightning!

      June 14, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Flavius

    Black man brutally murders white girl. Why no national outrage about hate crimes, racism, etc? Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Anderson Cooper? I don't hear any of you saying a damn thing about this.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      good point

      June 14, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • jackstraw1

      No, really, it isn't a good point. It's a tiny-minded, narrow, bigoted point, much like the one on the top of your head.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      They have no idea if this guy is guilty or not, just that she was seen with a guy who may have looked remotely like that picture. You guys watch WAY WAY WAY too much tv.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • CSI My Nannygoat

      "Black man brutally murders white girl. " You can prove this? So far the police have no evidence.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. well

    metallica = vomit

    June 14, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest


      June 14, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Rock on!

      Which dictionary do you use haha?

      June 14, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. well

    i dont need to eat trash to KNOW its trash. tras belongs in trash cans thats is where their music is headed.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Don't post if you can't even manage a complete, coherent sentence. I'll know James can write properly...

      June 14, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. OMG

    Had this been a white guy raping and killing a black girl apes would be going wild! Oh wait, why would a white guy ever do that?

    June 14, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • jackstraw1

      Until right now, I thought it was impossible to be that stupid. Congratulations. You're a pioneer.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • TonyInNYC

      @OMG ~ You keep slinging that racism around but no one wants to play ball with you. Go home. Nobody likes you.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • HZ

      Guys like you, sit around trying to stir up racism while you do NOTHING for anybody of any color, including the white victim in this case. Selfish and hateful. Quite a combo.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Rock on!

      Good thing you make no attempt to explain yourself haha.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. m

    I love that band.....
    I do hope the murderer is caught and put in an 8 by 10 for life.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sailor101

    Why all the bitter comments about their music, this piece is not about the music but what they are trying to do in order to help this girls family put an end to their nightmare.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scott

    There is a reason Metallica is the most successful metal band ever. They're very, very good. Period. No gimmicks, no tabloid press to push album sales, no computerized, rip offs of 1970's music and calling it "sampling". Just four guys, all experts in their chosen instruments, playing well written music. The horse crap in the top 40 is just that. Horse crap.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      I wouldn't call them the most successful metal band of all time,that would be Judas Priest or Iron Maiden or maybe Ozzy but I will say their pretty successsful

      June 14, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hoodwinked & Bamboozled

    Just visited the FBI site. Lot's more Women, Asians, Hispanics than I thought. CNN is "creating" reality. With everyone looking out for this guy, those other characters go unnoticed. Check it out for your self.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Billy Davis

    The black man did it???

    June 14, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. les

    Don't hitchhike, even for guys, there are lunatics driving around just looking for people hitchhiking. Once you're in their car, they have all the power. Metallica has always been loyal to fans, I am not into Metal, but know they are a great band.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. The King

    Where did "Mettalica" get $10K?
    I've always thought they should tour with ted nugent. Both make music for adolescent boys.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ferit

    he looks like a Neanderthal

    June 14, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • jackstraw1

      No, actually, that sketch looks nothing like a Neandrethal. Run along now. I think your hood and sheet are ready for the dryer.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. ME

    I guess this kinda makes up for their draconian stance on file sharing.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
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