Metallica Frontman Joins Fight in Tracking Down Killer

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Metallica are continuing their efforts in helping authorities track down the murderer of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared while attending the band’s concert in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2009.

Morgan Harrington, who was last seen hitchhiking for a ride by passing traffic, was in attendance at Metallica’s October 17, 2009 show at the John Paul Jones Arena on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia where authorities believe at approximately 8:30 PM, she left the arena and was unable to re-enter the facility.

Harrington is known to have been wearing large chain-linked Swarovski crystal necklace and a black t-shirt with plain letters spelling out “Pantera,” a well known metal band. Although investigators have yet to recover the necklace, they found the Pantera shirt on November 11, 2009, in front of a row of apartments along 15th Street, NW near Grady Avenue in Charlottesville. A few months later on January 26, 2010, Harrington’s skeletal remains were found in a remote field near an Albemarle County, Virginia farm along Route 29. A camera that is believed to have been with Harrington has also yet to be recovered.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has stepped in to help in the man-hunt of Harrington’s killer, recording a public service announcement video pleading for anyone with information that might lead to the suspect to come forward with tips.

"Remember, any information - no matter how small you might think it is - could be that crucial piece investigators need to help solve the case," explains Hetfield in the new video as part of a multimedia campaign launched on Wednesday by The FBI and Virginia State Police.

The Jefferson Area Crime Stoppers is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Morgan Harrington's murder. Metallica themselves have offered up an additional $50,000, bringing the total reward up to $150,000.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Jefferson Area Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000; or the Virginia State Police at 434-352-3467 or by email at



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