Metallica Makes PSA Video in Hunt for Fan's Killer
Band asks for police tips after 2009 Virginia killing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 13, 2012 5:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Metallica has made a public service video as part of a publicity blitz to try to catch a man wanted in the death of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared after one of the band's concerts. Composite sketches of the suspect will be featured at bus shelters and on digital billboards up and down the East Coast, and a video on the Internet from lead singer James Hetfield urges people to come forward to police with tips. The FBI and Virginia State Police announced the campaign today.

Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old aspiring teacher and Virginia Tech student, disappeared after an October 2009 concert in Charlottesville, Va. Her skeletal remains were discovered about three months later in a remote hay field about 10 miles from the concert venue. Her T-shirt was found in front of an apartment building near the Charlottesville arena, but a camera and a crystal necklace she had with her were never located. She was last seen hitchhiking. The FBI says the suspect also has been linked through DNA to a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax City, Va.