Police are “fairly certain” that human remains found on a Virginia farm are those of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, who disappeared during a Metallica concert on October 17, CNN reports.
The 700-acre farm, which has no public access point, was just 10 miles from the venue, the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.
Police said skeletal remains were discovered Tuesday morning by a farmer driving a tractor through a hayfield. “I looked down and saw what looked like a human skull, and my first thought was that it was Morgan Harrington,” said the farm’s owner, David Dass.
Police say there is significant evidence suggesting the remains are Harrington’s; the victim’s parents are also in town to identify the remains.
As previously reported, Harrington was separated from her friends at the concert when she left to use the restroom. When she didn’t return, they called her cell phone at 8:48 P.M., and Harrington said that she was outside the arena and could not return due to venue policy, but said she would find a ride home. Harrington was reported missing the next day, when her purse, identification, and cell phone were found the in an overflow parking lot near the arena.
A $150,000 reward has been offered for information leading to Harrington’s whereabouts. $50,000 was donated by Metallica.