According to WDBJ7.com, the parents of Morgan Dana Harrington — the missing 20-year-old junior from Virginia Tech who was last seen at METALLICA's October 17, 2009 concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia — will hold a news conference Wednesday in Charlottesville concerning a new search effort planned for this coming weekend.
Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, who was taken from her bedroom in Utah in 2002 and found alive nine months later, will join the Harringtons Wednesday.
WDBJ7.com will live stream the news conference starting at 1 p.m.
At the request of friends and supporters, the Harrington family has established the Find Morgan Fund to help in the search for their daughter. The Harrington family will donate any unused funds to charities that assist families of missing persons and causes with which Morgan has been directly involved, including Mental Heath America of Roanoke Valley and OMNI Orphan Medical Network International.
Contributions may be sent by mail to the following address:
Find Morgan Fund
P.O. Box 7588
Roanoke, VA 24019
Contributions may also be sent via PayPal through www.FindMorgan.com.
"We are staying positive that she will be found soon," METALLICA lead guitarist Kirk Hammett told People.com at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York City Friday. "We are all hoping for the best and praying for her and her family."
"We all have children and as parents ourselves, it's our worst nightmare for a child to go out and not come back home," added Hammett, 46. "We empathize with that greatly, so we are doing what we can to help find her. We are staying positive."