January 26, 2012
On this date two years ago, the remains of Morgan Harrington were found on Anchorage Farm in Albemarle County. She was last seen three months prior on the Copeley Road Bridge after attending a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.
"When they brought your body back to me, there were just bones to see," said Gil Harrington, reciting a poem written to commemorate the anniversary of the day her remains were found, Jan. 26, 2012.
Thursday, Morgan's parents, Dan and Gil Harrington, visited the place she was last seen alive.
"Grief as we have known it has become really a daily part of our existence. As Gil says, you never get over grief and you somehow get beyond it," said Dan Harrington.
In the two years since the Virginia Tech student's body was found, there has been little progress in the hunt for her killer. "As of now, we continue to wait to hear that there's been an arrest," her father told CBS19.
In a statement released to the media, Corinne Geller said the Virginia State Police investigation is still active and they continue to receive tips and leads. Detectives are focusing on an unknown man who is wanted for a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax. DNA from that case links to Morgan Harrington's murder.
The Harrington family says although their daughter's murder is tragic, they have set a mission to find justice for Morgan. "In an odd way, I think we have been able to garner much good from the murder of our daughter. We've changed some laws and we've increased awareness and safety," said Gil Harrington.
The Harringtons say they will continue to raise awareness until their daughter's killer is off the streets.
Anyone with information regarding Morgan’s disappearance and death is asked to call the Virginia State Police at 434-352-3467, Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000 or email State Police at email@example.com. A reward of $150,041 is available for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.