NPR logo Metallica's James Hetfield Makes PSA For FBI To Help Find Fan's Killer

Metallica's James Hetfield Makes PSA For FBI To Help Find Fan's Killer

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James Hetfield, lead singer and guitarist for the heavy metal band Metallica, makes a straight-forward appeal for help in finding a fan's killer in a new public service ad produced for the FBI, Virginia and local law enforcement agencies.

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Morgan Harrington, 20, was last seen alive on Oct. 17, 2009, when she left a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. As the FBI writes, "her remains were discovered the following January in a remote field on a farm in Albemarle County, Va."

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Since then, DNA evidence has linked her murder to an unknown suspect in a September 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax, Va.

How to contact authorities about the Harrington case:

Virginia State Police
- Call (434) 352-3467

City of Fairfax Police
- Call (703) 385-7959

- Call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324)
- Submit a tip at

Along with the Hetfield video, authorities today released "enhanced" composite sketches of the suspect in that 2005 sexual assault.

There's a reward of up to $150,000 — $50,000 of it from Metallica — for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Harrington's murder.

"Remember, any information — no matter how small you might think it is — could be that crucial piece investigators need to help solve the case," Hetfield says in the new PSA.