Harrington lie: NoVa man convicted for false tip
A Northern Virginia man has been convicted of obstructing justice for giving a false tip to investigators in the Morgan Harrington case. According to a release from State Police, 51-year-old Alvin T. Daniels of Alexandria phoned the State Police tip line on November 11, 2009–- less than a month after the 20-year-old Virginia Tech student disappeared–- and implicated a 34-year-old Prince William County man in her disappearance.
With support from the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, State Police located both Daniels and the Prince William County man he'd named. According to a State Police press release, further investigation revealed that Daniels' "tip" was, in fact, an "act of vengeance." Arrested in May, Daniels was convicted in Appomattox County–- where the Morgan Harrington investigation is headquartered–- on Wednesday, August 11, and received a six-month suspended sentence. He also must pay $1,600 in restitution to State Police.
While investigators continue to ask for tips in the unsolved homicide, Lt. Joe Rader released a statement today reminding the public of the seriousness of lying to police in an investigation.
"In this instance, our investigators had to spend valuable time away from the Morgan Harrington case in order to vet an intentional false lead," he said.
Anyone with a valid tip in the case is still encouraged to call the State Police tip line at 434-352-3467 or Jefferson Area Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.