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. escher7

    Could I please read just one forum that doesn't mention race, Obama, Israel etc. How the rejects on these boards find reason on every single subject to bring these things up is tiresome.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nathan

    The Sandman has entered.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hope

    This girl was crucified

    June 14, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Archie Bunker

    Right on Ron!

    June 14, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. New Gawker

    He should just change his name back to Hatfield, ain't foolin' no one but them dumb McCoys!!

    June 14, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Napster McCoy

      I will get Hetfield if it's the last thing I do.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. me138

    that makes him look ridiculously racist? get real.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Archie Bunker

    Silly blacks and anyone who comments I'm a silly white.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. me138

    Mettalica should have quit after Cliff died. Nothing but bubble gum garbage metal out of this band.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • stlrhd

      No kidding.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • dhondi

      After they find the killer they should launch a search for Jame's voice.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • R1234

      You're right if they quit back this would of never of happened. Maybe they should get locked up!

      June 14, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • YourMother

      "Anybody who doesn't like the music I like obviously does like REAL music."
      Did I get that right?

      June 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hehe

      Obey your Master!

      June 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • hangar 18

      I agree

      June 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. anthony

    perfectly said!

    June 14, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. md

    Thats a cool thing for Metallica too do

    June 14, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. pgrebus

    I heard he also pirated some music

    June 14, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • R1234

      That might get him the chair

      June 14, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • FauxNews

      For pirating music, they offered a $20,000 reward.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MathChallenged

    Ok, I tried to make sense of this article. First it said that the perpetrator was approximately 25-35 years old and that would make him 32-42 years old today.. So that would be 7 years. 7 years ago was 2005. The murder occurred in 2009.

    I hope their investigation can be a little more accurate than these numbers. I hope they find him – no matter how old he actually is.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • mrkleve

      It's been 7 years since the first attach, which they think may be related.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • JJJ

      He was 25-35 at the time of the 2005 attack.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • bigubu

      you are not math challenged, it is your reading comprehension that is bad. they FBI said that DNA linked the 2009 murder to a 2005 murder. The original ages given were for the suspect in 2005, and now that 7 years have passed (2005 + 7 = 2012) he would be seven years older.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • JJJ

      It said he was 25-35 at the time of the 2005 attack.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • ReadCloser

      They were talking about the 2005 assault when the perpetrator was witnessed to be 25-35 years old.

      June 14, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Deep in the Heart of Texas

      Hi MathChallenged,

      Please read the article again, and you will see where you are also challenged in reading comprehension.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The murder was in 2009, but the killer has continued to age from then to now, 2012. It has been seven years since the assault in 2005.

      June 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Samuel R. Preston, III

    So, we are looking for a two dimensional floating head...got it.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Incriminator

    I hope law enforcement has or obtains DNA sample of a known offender that I am liking for this crime and compares it to Fairfax/GMU perp. If there's a match, investigate his connection to remote, hard to access dump site and black Pantera T-shirt found on bush @ 15th and Grady. We are THIS CLOSE to solving this crime.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. scott caldwell

    That is a good thing wut metallica is doin cuz they did so much wrong in the past mainly james hetfield so let them do what they want to do it has nuthin to do wit there music so SHUT THE HELL UP AND STOP TALKIN ABOUT WUT THERE MUSIC REPRESENTS

    June 14, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
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