Missing student 'a very responsible young lady'
"She's a very responsible young lady," says Diane Scribner Clevenger, the pastor of the Roanoke church that missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Dana Harrington attends.
"It's just a time of shock," says Scribner Clevenger. Best known to the Harringtons as "Reverend Diane," she is serving as a family spokesperson while Morgan Harrington's parents, Dan and Gil, have uprooted their lives in Roanoke to assist with the Charlottesville-based search for their 20-year-old daughter.
Harrington came to Charlottesville with a group of friends to see the Metallica concert at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday night–- but she left the event before it ended, according to UVA Police spokesperson Melissa Fielding.
"We've definitely received some calls that confirm what we have about her travel patterns that night," says Fielding, who notes that police are also following up on calls about possible sightings of Harrington.
UVA Police sent out a release the night following the October 17 concert indicating that Harrington was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with tan letters that spelled 'Pantera' across the front. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman was also clad in a black mini skirt, black tights, and knee-high black boots, according to the release, which noted that she stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds.
Virginia Tech spokesperson Mark Owczarski says that Tech has distributed info, including a front-page mention at vt.edu, to assist in the search for the interdisciplinary studies major.
The State Police, which is assisting, revealed that Harrington and a friend had traveled from Tech to James Madison University in Harrisonburg to meet another friend, and after the trio arrived at the concert Harrington "became separated from her friends and was unable to reunite with them."
Recent concerts have certainly tested the ability of friends to connect. At the recent U2 concert, for instance, Verizon cell phone users experienced hour-long delays in the delivery of text messages.
Back at the family home in Roanoke, Reverend Diane says the the young woman she has known for 13 years is a "child of God," who wouldn't leave her family worried. Harrington made an 8:30pm call to a friend on her cell phone, says Reverend Diane, declining to speculate whether foul play was involved.
"There's an odd series of events," says Reverend Diane. "We're all just staying as hopeful as we can."
UVA Police urge anyone with knowledge of Harrington's whereabouts to contact the Department at 434-924-7166
–originally posted 8;06am –last updated 1:17pm October 23 (to correct spelling of mother's name) –original headline: Metal fan from Tech disappears –10:14am headline: Missing Tech student seen outside arena