The skeletal remains of a young blonde woman, found in a shallow grave on a Virginia farm, have been identified as those of missing Metallica fan MORGAN HARRINGTON.
The 20-year-old student went missing during a Metallica show in Charlottesville in October (09). The band offered a $50,000 (£31,250) reward for information leading to Harrington's whereabouts.
The remains were found in a forest on an Albemarle County farm on Tuesday (26Jan10).
Virginia State Police used dental records provided by Harrington's family to identify the body.
The dead girl's father, Dan, told local reporters the family were quietly relieved their daughter had been found.
He said, "This may sound strange, but we have found some peace in all of this. It wasn't the outcome that we wanted but we know now where our daughter is and there is peace in that.
"Now we have to figure out how to honour Morgan in death, how to have her life mean something."
The members of Metallica are now urging fans who might have information about Morgan Harrington's death to contact local police.
A statement from the band reads, "We are profoundly saddened by the news of the discovery of Morgan Dana Harrington's body.
"Our most sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Morgan Dana Harrington, the 20 year old Virginia Tech student who was last seen while attending our concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA.
"Sadly, Morgan's body was found yesterday ending her family's three month vigil, hoping and praying for her safe return. Mere words cannot express the anguish and grief that we know her parents, Dan and Gil, are feeling, and our thoughts are with them.
"If you have any information at all about Morgan's death, please contact the Virginia State Police at (434) 352-3425 or the UVA Police at (434) 352-3467 or"