Retired Morgan Harrington Investigator Pleads for Information - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA Ne...

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The now-retired state police investigator who handled the Morgan Harrington case is calling on her killer to turn himself in.
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Jim Doyle

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Well said Joe.
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With all due respect, NBC29, it does not appear as though Joe Rader has specifically directed his letter and appeal to whomever is the person or persons who killed Morgan Dana Harrington.

A second, closer read of Joe Rader's letter reveals that he is talking to the person or persons who have **knowledge** of the events of that fateful evening--knowledge that could put to rest this ongoing investigation.

Rader states specifically "You see, you have **important information** from that night! It is time for YOU to DO THE RIGHT THING and free the burden of your conscience with the **information** you have."

Rader goes on to say not to the killer himself, but to this individual who has valuable, key information "Maybe you talked to law-enforcement and they missed your message. It can happen, so pick up the phone and call the VSP, AMW, FBI, or Crime Stoppers tip line. You have no excuses of lack of options to call! Is it embarrassment, fear, stigma, or skepticism that your **information** might point the finger at you? YOU have the TRUTH that will lead to solving the case, and that information will set your conscience free and bring peace to a family.**The facts you have can be verified**, but you must be totally honest."

Near closing, former Lt. Rader states in part "One day, we all will face the judgment of who we believe is our Creator. At that time, there is no second chance to clear your conscience because you failed to DO THE RIGHT THING."

Rader is not seeming to imply that he is speaking to Morgan's killer by saying "Do the right thing and turn yourself in"; rather he is saying "You have **information** that can help to solve this case. Do the right thing and call LE and **share that information**."

Regardless of the audience to whom Rader intended his open letter, I for one am hopeful that the person who holds the information necessary to bring peace to Morgan's family and loved ones hears Rader's plea, takes it to heart, and unburdens him/herself.

Morgan deserves nothing less.

(P.S. Well said, Joe; well said.)
RNR

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So where does this letter get printed, besides here in C'ville? If the killer or whomever has information is not a local than how will they see this letter? Personally, the letter reads as if Mr. Rader knows who the killer is but can't "prove" it. I could be all wrong though. Hopefully someone will come forward soon so there can be some sort of closure for her family. My heart aches for the Harrington family.
Waiting and Hoping

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I believe--and have believed for some time now--that Mr. Rader has an **idea** who may have information regarding this case; however, LE cannot **compel** someone to share information unless or until they are subpoenaed to testify in court.

I share Rader's belief that there are individuals **in the CVille area** who have information that can help to solve this case. For that reason I echo Rader's plea for this person or persons to come forward.
Just Curious

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Has anyone taken a look at Dumler?
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I tend to be a pessimist, but in any case, it is very possible the murderer does not have a conscience and will do nothing but laugh if and when the Mr. Rader's pleas are read.
Waiting and Hoping

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Just Curious wrote:
Has anyone taken a look at Dumler?
Yes.
Way to Go Joe

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Great job by a great guy. Known him for several years. Good Detectives DO take such cases to heart as a "personal" matter, not to twist a case like was done in Culpeper recently, but to go all out to see that TRUE justice is done leaving no stone unturned. Joe is one of those people and the VSP lost a good man when he retired. Make no mistake though..there are equally dedicated folks still working the case.
Waiting and Hoping

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Way to Go Joe wrote:
Great job by a great guy. Known him for several years. Good Detectives DO take such cases to heart as a "personal" matter, not to twist a case like was done in Culpeper recently, but to go all out to see that TRUE justice is done leaving no stone unturned. Joe is one of those people and the VSP lost a good man when he retired. Make no mistake though..there are equally dedicated folks still working the case.
Ditto and underscore your comments, Way to Go Joe.

Rader is one of the (many) good guys.
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Just Curious wrote:
Has anyone taken a look at Dumler?
The drawing didn't look anything like Mr Dumler.
REALITY PEOPLE

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FORMER SHERIFF WILLIE MORRIS FROM GREENE CO DID HAY ON THE SAME FARM THAT MORGAN WAS FOUND ON AND IN A FAR AWAY FIELD THAT HE WAS FAMILIAR WITH.. JUST SO HAPPENS THE DAY THEY FOUND THAT POOR GIRL THE VERY NEXT DAY HE COMMITED SUICIDE AT HIS RESIDENCE AND LEFT A SUICIDE NOTE THAT IT WAS FROM TENITUS (RINGING IN THE EARS). HE WAS A WOMANIZER IN HIS PAST AND WAS VERY ABUSIVE TO HIS WIFE, HE HAD THIS EAR CONDITION FOR A LONG TIME BUT YET THEY FIND HER BODY IN THAT FIELD (THAT HE DID HAY) AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW THE NEXT MORNING HE COMMITS SUICIDE AND BLAMES IT ON THE RINGING OF THE EARS (REALLY!!!!!). THINK THEY MIGHT WANT TO INVESTIGATE THAT OR JUST CONTINUE TO SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG>>>>
REALITY PEOPLE

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AND TO THE RETIRED STATE POLICE INVESTIGATOR. WELL WRITTEN MESSAGE AND VERY THOUGHTFUL. HOPE THIS WILL BE SOLVED SO YOU CAN REST QUIETLY AT NIGHT. I KNOW IT HAS TAKEN A TOLL ON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WITH THE CASE, BUT THE HARRINGTON FAMILY AND THE WHOLE COMMUNITY APPRECIATES YOUR ATTEMPTS AND COMMITMENT EVEN AFTER YOUR RETIRED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. JOB WELL DONE
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Maybe cop-turned-auto-parts-theft-fo iler Rader should have gotten input from a profiler or psychologist to craft a message that might actually resonate with the psyche of the bad guy (or innocent dude reluctant to come forward -- presumably the guy who gave her a ride, after which she was attacked by the wanted man). Can't be sure, but I'll bet the FBI is cringing at this attempt. I'll give him props for trying, but shouldn't he have included, I dunno, contact info? Oh -- that's right. No need to. He's sure that the killer and/or Samaritan are aficionados of the case, familiar even with Joe's voice. Um...ok. Here's hoping he's right.

To those who think Rader has "an idea" who did it -- he doesn't, save for the guy linked to the dna. He even addresses this kind of wrongheaded thinking in his missive when he talks about people trying to decode his messages. He's not being clever or coy; he's just taking a shot in the dark trying to get a solid tip in this cold, cold case. On the other hand, the cops just need one little thing to solve it: info telling them exactly who did it.
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REALITY PEOPLE wrote:
FORMER SHERIFF WILLIE MORRIS FROM GREENE CO DID HAY ON THE SAME FARM THAT MORGAN WAS FOUND ON AND IN A FAR AWAY FIELD THAT HE WAS FAMILIAR WITH.. JUST SO HAPPENS THE DAY THEY FOUND THAT POOR GIRL THE VERY NEXT DAY HE COMMITED SUICIDE AT HIS RESIDENCE AND LEFT A SUICIDE NOTE THAT IT WAS FROM TENITUS (RINGING IN THE EARS). HE WAS A WOMANIZER IN HIS PAST AND WAS VERY ABUSIVE TO HIS WIFE, HE HAD THIS EAR CONDITION FOR A LONG TIME BUT YET THEY FIND HER BODY IN THAT FIELD (THAT HE DID HAY) AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW THE NEXT MORNING HE COMMITS SUICIDE AND BLAMES IT ON THE RINGING OF THE EARS (REALLY!!!!!). THINK THEY MIGHT WANT TO INVESTIGATE THAT OR JUST CONTINUE TO SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG>>>>
Youre on the wrong end of Rt 29, also i dont recall Willie being black (see composite drawing/ dna sample from previous victim).....junior detective
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I do agree that the suspect is either a local or a trusted transient worker. The terrible thing here is if an innocent individual does call to offer information, regardless of its relevancy, he WILL usually be treated as a suspect in that crime.
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Cops are in the dark on this one, just no real evidence. Not their fault but thats it.
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thinking free wrote:
Cops are in the dark on this one, just no real evidence. Not their fault but thats it.
Agreed. It's just tremendously hard to solve a stranger on stranger random crime.

Did you see this one? http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/316680...

Whoops -- Rader forgot to check with his former colleagues before going all rogue like this. I think he would have done a better job if they could have weighed in on wording. No wonder it's such a muddled mess that the reader is hard pressed to realize he's not reaching out to the killer but to some innocent bystander with info. Det. Dino Capuzzo thought it was a joke -- probably because of the worthy-of-a-serial-killer randomly capitalized words. Poor Joe. Maybe a little more rest and retirement will do him good. He can keep following the case on FaceBook and let the cops do their jobs.
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Hoo Boy wrote:
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Agreed. It's just tremendously hard to solve a stranger on stranger random crime.
Did you see this one? http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/316680...
Whoops -- Rader forgot to check with his former colleagues before going all rogue like this. I think he would have done a better job if they could have weighed in on wording. No wonder it's such a muddled mess that the reader is hard pressed to realize he's not reaching out to the killer but to some innocent bystander with info. Det. Dino Capuzzo thought it was a joke -- probably because of the worthy-of-a-serial-killer randomly capitalized words. Poor Joe. Maybe a little more rest and retirement will do him good. He can keep following the case on FaceBook and let the cops do their jobs.
I was going to say, this letter is very poorly written and unprofessional. It comes off as childish and desperate, especially with the all caps sprinkled throughout the text. I doubt it will do anything but make the killer chuckle if he ever does read it. It just shows how stone cold the case really is...
fruitbats are people too

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I do agree that the suspect is either a local or a trusted transient worker. The terrible thing here is if an innocent individual does call to offer information, regardless of its relevancy, he WILL usually be treated as a suspect in that crime.
You got that right. I remember the red faces in the Casey Anthony case when the "anonymous tipline list was published (as part of the discoevery docs made public)-- replete with names and phone numbers!
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For those of you who have doubts....Lt. Rader was and still is held in the highest regard from law enforcement and the public. His honesty, work ethic, and true character are evident in his daily life. He represents what law enforcement is all about-serving the public. He cares so deeply about this case, but more importantly about the Harrington family, that he wrote this plea for help. This letter is aimed at persuading that one person out there who has that little piece of info, which can solve this case, to come forward.
This letter was not written for everyone and their mother to analyze and explain what they do and do not like about it. It is meant to help, nothing more.
It takes a very special person to do what he did for 26 dedicated years, for the protection and service of the citizens of Virginia.
I find it appalling that people on this comment page are degrading him and his message. It just goes to show how law enforcement is once again being thrown under the bus. Every time somebody gets a ticket, they complain about the police. But, as soon as somebody ends up hurt or dead, the police are the first people you come in contact with. Show some respect for this job. Low pay, long hours, and seeing the worst of society, is a true testament of someone who truly believes in their community. Just as this fine man does.

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