"For the past five years, the Virginia State Police has been aggressively pursuing the investigation into the disappearance and death of 20-year-old Morgan D. Harrington of Roanoke," said Corinne Geller of the Virginia State Police.Harrington's murder was savage. In March 2010, the alternative weekly "The Hook" quoted Harrington's distraught mother, Gil:
"Last week, the arrest of Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, Va., provided a significant break in this case with a new forensic link for state police investigators to pursue. There is a still a great deal of work to be done in regards to this investigation and we appreciate the public’s patience as we move forward."
"He chooses to kill in a savage and brutal way," says Gil Harrington, an oncology nurse, of her daughter's killer, "to break her bones before he murdered her." Dan Harrington, a psychiatrist, confirms that his daughter's skeleton showed "brutal damage."The murderer was, Gil Harrington said, a "violent, sadistic and dangerous man." Here is that man's police sketch. Does he resemble Matthew? We report. You decide.