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Metallica hopes PSA will help find fan's killer

June 13, 2012 |  5:15 pm

Metallica is lending a hand to the FBI to help solve the murder of a 20-year-old college student who disappeared after a 2009 concert by the heavy metal band in Charlottesville, Va.

James Hetfield, lead singer and guitarist for Metallica, has recorded a plea for information in a video released by the Virginia State Police on Wednesday.

Morgan Harrington, an aspiring teacher and Virginia Tech student, went missing after she left a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 2009. About three months later, her skeletal remains were found on a remote farm about 10 miles from the venue.

Her T-shirt was found in front of an apartment building near the Charlottesville arena, but a camera she had with her that night and a distinctive Swarovski crystal necklace she was wearing have not been recovered. She was last seen hitchhiking, according to FBI reports.

An enhanced composite sketch of the suspect is displayed in the video, and the FBI says the suspect has also been linked through DNA to a September 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax City, Va., where a woman walking home from a grocery story reported being grabbed and dragged behind a maintenance shed before being attacked.

The Jefferson Area Crime Stoppers is offering $100,000 for any information leading to an arrest, and Metallica has put up a $50,000 reward. Hetfield’s PSA appears on YouTube and an FBI website dedicated to the case.

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