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Metallica, credited with being one of the ‘founding four’ of thrash metal, have set aside their whirlwind global tour to help police capture their fan’s killer.

In conjunction with the huge publicity effort by the FBI, the band recorded a public service announcement urging viewers to help track down the suspect. It follows on from the murder of Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old student from Virginia Tec, as she left their concert in 2010. At the time, the band offered a $50,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest, however new evidence linking the man to a sexual assault in Fairfax City prompted the band to reiterate the need for information.

Morgan’s mother, Gill Harrington called the suspect a ‘predator at the top of his game’ and in the video, lead singer James Hetfield reminds viewers that ’any information – no matter how small you might think it is – could be that crucial piece investigators need to help solve the case".

The video can be seen on YouTube, Gill Harrington’s website, www.findmorgan.com and the FBI’s case site as part of a media campaign blitz involving social media, podcasts and an online photo gallery. A sketch drawn from descriptions by the suspect’s Fairfax victim have also been released.

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