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Crime Scene: Morgan Harrington case tied to '05 rape

By Maria Glod
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 1, 2010; 3:01 PM

The same man who abducted and killed Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington after a rock concert in Charlottesville last year may have sexually assaulted a woman in Fairfax City in 2005, state police said Thursday.

The link between the two cases provides the first significant break in the Harrington case, which made national headlines.

State police said there is a forensic link between the two cases. Sources said the cases are linked by a DNA match. Both are unsolved.

In September 2005, a Fairfax woman was abducted and sexually assaulted as she walked home from a Giant supermarket. City of Fairfax detectives created a composite sketch based on the victim's description of the suspect. However, the suspect may have changed his appearance over the past five years, state police cautioned.

The 26-year-old woman was walking home from the Giant on Jemantown Road. She was grabbed from behind on Rock Garden Drive and sexually assaulted in the parking lot of a park.

Harrington, 20, of Roanoke, went missing from the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville during a Metallica concert on Oct. 17, 2009. Her remains were discovered Jan. 26, by the landowner of Anchorage Farm in southern Albemarle County. The skeletal remains were located in a field on the 700-acre property.

Those with information about the man featured in the attached "Wanted Poster" may contact City of Fairfax Police Detective Mike Boone at (703) 385-7959. Anyone wishing to provide information in the Morgan Harrington case is encouraged to call the Jefferson Area Crime Stoppers at (434) 977-4000 or Virginia State Police at (434) 352-3467 or email State Police at bci-appomattox@vsp.virginia.gov. A reward of $150,041 is still available for anyone with information that leads to a resolution of the Harrington crime.

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