Help Save the Next Girl Volunteers Canvass North Garden
June 9, 2012 09:51 PM EDT
On Saturday, volunteers with the organization Help Save the Next Girl, passed out hundreds of flyers with an updated sketch of a man investigators believe is tied to the murder of Morgan Harrington.
Volunteers say they feel the momentum is back on their side and they are hoping the new sketch will bring in more leads.
Harrington was last seen outside a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville in October 2009. Her body was found in January 2010 on Anchorage Farm in Albemarle County.
"Going back to Lieutenant Joe Raiders press conference, his emphasis was location, location, location," said Kenny Jarels with Help Save the Next Girl. They handed out fliers at the Crossroads Store in North Garden, on Saturday, not far from Anchorage Farm.
"We're setting up in locations where we think this guy probably has been. Where this guy lives, where he shops, where he may eat," said Jarles.
Mail in tip cards, bracelets, and t-shirts were all items used to get the word out. Morgan's parents, Dan and Gil Harrington, say the life-like image gives the search new momentum.
"He may not be here, but people who knew him are quite likely to still be here. If he skedaddled. There are still people who saw him, took money when he bought coffee, served him food at a restaurant," said Gil Harrington.
Dan Harrington added, "The farm area is very isolated and remote so it's not a place that someone just pulled off the road and dumped Morgan's body. It's a place that was known by this person."
"Whoever did that, knew that Anchorage Farm area quite well. He had to navigate it. It had creeks, it had hills, it had barbwire fence, so whoever did that knew this area," explained Jarles.
Help Save the Next Girl says it will stay in Albemarle County for the rest of the summer, trying to capitalize on new ground.
"I want this guy to know, this guy right here on this photo, that we're not afraid of him and we are not going to back down until he is apprehended by the police," said Jarles.
The group has confirmed about five other locations to canvass. The next event will happen June 23 at Martin Hardware in Charlottesville.
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