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. juniorbarnes

    ITS THE GHOST OF CLIFF BURTON....

    June 14, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tebojockey

    Honestly, I sincerely doubt someone matching this description would be anywhere near a metal concert. Kudos anyway to Metallica for trying to help, and yes, at 50 years old, I even jam out to some of their music. I'm more of a Motorhead fan tho!

    June 14, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. tony

    Really people at least Metallica is trying to do something what are you doing!! talk about Music well why dont you listin to some country songs seriously!! Seems to be alot of hipocrites in this country and I do agree if it was a black girl by a white man holly cow it will be national headlines about hate crimes. this country is going down hill with all the hipocrites livin here!!

    June 14, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. MatarLaraza

    The killer is Obama!

    June 14, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • jlv

      Perhaps you should just crawl back under your bridge Troll.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. ready

    No, it wouldn't. I suggest you look up what you are saying before you talk again because it makes you look ridiculously racist to say something so untrue like that

    June 14, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. marc

    Looks like a Latino to me.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. vtguy

    Where is the fat stupid little blood sucker Al Sharpton on this one?

    June 14, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. A Random Girl

    It makes me sick that all of you continue to bring race into every discussion. I hate it, I hated how people blew up the George Zimmerman and I hate it seems no one's been marching for any other blacks that got killed by whites recently or vice versa that were marching for Travon Martin. It makes me sick. How come everyone is ready to jump on the racist train? Oh, so if he had killed a black woman or a black man no one would of cared? Or a white man had killed this woman instead, you still wouldn't be so negatively inclined would you. Fact is, a person allegedly killed a person and he needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law no matter what his color is if he's guilty.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • jackstraw1

      Right on, Random Girl.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • aarrgghh

      zimmerman isnt white either

      June 14, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. TheGreenMan

    Black racist

    June 14, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • jackstraw1

      White idiot.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. ?

    that the girl was told she wanted to go bull ridin an got tied onta a cow front end? cows don't like sumpun tid on dar heds an willtry ta bang an scraep it off aganst posts and trees or anything else like othr cows. Some people get off watching a person used that way.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Abraham

      Goodness, please unplug your keyboard immediately – you are spectacularly unfit to use it.

      June 14, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. RichWW2

    That looks like Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs!

    June 14, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. markishere

    African-American male, black hair, 6 feet tall, between 25 and 35 – should be simple to find.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Volicious

    Actually, Metallica has offered a $50,000 reward since 2010–not $10,000. Small point, but I like accuracy.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. 5.2%

    You should probably find out what a hate crime is before posting online and looking like an idiot.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. ?

    cnn that was a clue. they bet on the action.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
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