ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Police believe remains found Tuesday morning in Albemarle County are those of missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.
The remains were located Tuesday morning on Anchorage Farm, a 750-acre farm off Route 29 in Albemarle County. Click here for a map of the location.
Police said items recovered with the remains led them to believe it is her, but are awaiting positive ID and cause of death from the medical examiner in Richmond.
The 20-year-old Roanoke woman became separated from friends after she left a concert arena and was denied re-entry.
"Now we begin the work to determine how she came to be in this remote location, what they time of death was. We'll be able to hopefully identify who was responsible being where she was found," said Virginia State Police Col. Steven Flaherty.
Morgan Harrington disappeared more than three months ago from a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia. Police said she had been drinking, became separated from her friends and somehow ended up outside the arena. Investigator believe she may have tried to hitch a ride and was last scene on the Copeley Road Bridge in Charlottesville.
Her remains were found about six miles away.
State police will wrap up their work at the crime scene Wednesday night. They have planned to cordon off the area and watch it overnight and resume the forensics investigation Thursday morning.
A spokesperson for the Harrington family said the family was devastated and dealing with this latest blow the best they can. Until the find, they had remained hopeful she would come home alive.