BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Associated Press: CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Police say they are confident that skeletal remains found on a Virginia farm are likely those of a Virginia Tech student who vanished after attending a Metallica concert.
State Police Superintendent Steve Flaherty said Tuesday an autopsy will be conducted to confirm that the remains are Morgan Harrington. Authorities say they found significant items and evidence at the scene.
The 20-year-old Roanoke woman became separated from friends Oct. 17 after she left a concert arena and was denied re-entry.
The remains were found Tuesday morning by a farmer about 10 miles from where Harrington attended the concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.
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Sphere.com: A man in Virginia has reportedly found the remains of a blond woman on his farm, leading to speculation that the body could be that of Morgan Dana Harrington, a Virginia Tech student who went missing in October.
The farmer, Dave Bass, said he found the body this morning on a remote part of his property, the 700-acre Anchorage Farm in Albemarle County, according to a Charlottesville newspaper.
The body is said to be partially skeletized and wearing black clothing. Missing-person fliers for Harrington say she was wearing a black T-shirt with the word "Pantera" on it, a black mini skirt, black tights and black boots when she went missing.
Harrington, 20, was last seen Oct. 17 in a parking lot at the University of Virginia, where she had been at a Metallica concert. Police found her purse with her ID and cell phone in the parking lot of the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.
Her family has offered a $100,000 reward for her return or information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in her disappearance. Metallica has chipped in another $50,000 in reward money.
Virginia police are planning to hold a news conference at 5 p.m. ET today.
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