Police Provide Tour Of Site Where Morgan Harrington's Body Was Found

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WUSA) - "There was an evil man here who killed my daughter," said Gill Harrington as she rubbed her hand across the dirt on a private farm south of Charlottesville where the skeletal remains of her daughter was found.

The owner of Anchorage Farm discovered the remains in a ravine near a field.

Dan Harrington pointed out that the place where his daughter was found is so remote the killer must have planned to bring the body here -- someplace where he thought it would never be found.

Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old student at Virginia Tech, had driven some friends to UVA for a Metallica Concert at the John Paul Jones Arena on October 17, 2009.

Her cell phone was found in the street and her pocketbook in a parking lot. She was last seen hitchhiking on the Copley Road bridge.

It's believed she was kidnapped and killed before her body was dumped on the property of the farm, 10 miles south of Charlottesville.

Morgan Harrington's remains were found January 26th, 2010, about three months after she disappeared.

Virginia State Police special agent Dino Cappuzzo took the family and media on a tour of her last night, pointing out the various belongings of Morgan Harrington's that were found outside the arena after she left her friends.

Detectives believe the killer is familiar with the farm and knew the land well enough to feel comfortable and confident that he would not be discovered. 

Police also have another clue: a DNA match from a rape suspect who attacked a woman walking home in Fairfax City.

Gill Harrington believes, as police do, someone in Charlottesville has an inkling about the killer. Perhaps he came home wet and muddy that October night and has exhibited strange behavior concerning the news story.

"This community knows who it is. Someone needs to come forward to get him off the street," said Gill Harrington.

Written by Peggy Fox
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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