updated 10/27/2009 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/27/2009 AT 10:55 AM ET
In a case that is gathering national attention, Metallica has added $50,000 to a $100,000 reward being offered by the parents of a missing woman last seen at one of the heavy metal band’s concerts.
Dressed in black boots, a black skirt and a black Pantera T-shirt, Morgan Harrington, 20, a student at Virginia Tech University, was with friends, waiting for the band to take to the stage of the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va., on Oct. 17. Just before 9 p.m., she excused herself to go to the bathroom, then called her pals to say the staff was refusing to let her back inside and that she would make her way home.
That was the last anyone has heard from the 5’6”, 120-lb., blue-eyed, blonde student.
Speaking on Tuesday’s Today show, her mother, Gil, and her father, Dan, said their energy was directed toward finding their daughter, not delving into despair. The Morgans have posted the reward for information leading to Morgan’s safe return, or to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for her disappearance.
There is a Help Find Morgan Web Site, as well as a telephone tip line, (434) 352-3467.