MORGAN HARRINGTON's Death Ruled A Homicide

Rex Bowman of reports that Morgan Harrington's death was a homicide, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond said Tuesday.

Harrington, 20, of Roanoke County disappeared from a METALLICA concert in Charlottesville on Oct. 17. Her skeletal remains were found Jan. 26 in an Albemarle County hayfield nearly 10 miles south of where she was last seen.

The medical examiner's determination closes out speculation that she wandered away from Charlottesville and died of exposure on a chilly night.

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office said the office is not yet able to release information on how Harrington was killed.

Forensic experts say it could take weeks, or longer, to make that determination because of the decomposition of her body over the past three months. If, as her family believes, her body was left in the hayfield the night she disappeared, it has endured warm and cold weather, rain and snow storms and possibly the activity of animals and insects.

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