Harringtons Push for New Safety Initiatives

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January 11, 2012

The parents of Morgan Harrington are pushing for new safety initiatives, as the investigation continues into their daughter's murder.

Morgan Harrington, 20 at the time, was abducted from a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones arena in October 2009. Her body was found several months later on a farm in Albemarle County.

Using DNA, investigators linked her death to a man wanted for a 2005 abduction and sexual assault in Fairfax, Va.

Investigators also used Familiar DNA testing, which checks the DNA at the scene of a crime against the DNA of convicted criminals in the state of Virginia. It has the ability to find family members of a suspect.

Although the test did not lead to the name of a suspect in the Harrington case, Dan Harrington says Familial DNA testing should be expanded and tested against a national database, not just a statewide database.

"The DNA that is run is only the DNA that's in the Virginia system. Each state has their own DNA samples, so this isn't going across state borders. Obviously crime goes across state borders and it would good if we had this more on a national level," he said.

Right now, Virginia is one of only three states to use Familial DNA testing. Colorado and California also use the tool.

Gil Harrington also stopped by CBS19 on Wednesday, she spoke about the Save the Next Girl website. Her interview will air Friday on CBS19 News at Noon.

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