CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va – Two years after the body of a Virginia college student was found in a Virginia field, the FBI is releasing a new photo of her suspected killer in hopes of breathing new life back into the case.
The Charlottesville Newsplex reports the sketch is an updated version of one previously used in the search for the killer of 20-year-old Morgan Harrington. The original sketch was created in 2005 following a sexual assault, and authorities say the man depicted has been linked genetically to both that assault and Harrington's murder.
In the new sketch, the suspect has a fuller face and his beard and mustache are both gone. Authorities say it is likely the suspect has attempted to change his appearance since the original sketch was released.
Harrington's mother Gil Harrington says she is hoping the new sketch will lead someone to recognize the suspect.
"To me, the most frightening thing about it is that it doesn't look like the face of evil," she told The Charlottesville Newsplex."It looks like a regular person walking around and that's why this composite is important because there is someone who looks regular, walking around hiding in plain sight, probably in this town."
Virginia State Police tells The Charlottesville Newsplex the sketch is part of a new multimedia marketing campaign they are launching in hopes of bringing Morgan Harrington's killer to justice.
Morgan Harrington, a student at Virginia Tech, disappeared in October 2009 after going to a Metallica concert in Charlottesville. Her body was discovered three months later in a field.
Gil Harrington says she hopes the suspect in her daughter's murder is caught before he commits another crime.
"If you are one of those who has had some suspicions or concerns, and the hair on your neck has gone up a couple of times, don't filter," she told The Charlottesville Newsplex. "Call police and let them be the ones to look into it. That's what we're trying to do, shake loose a killer who is walking amongst us."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.