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Families of Morgan Harrington and Bethany Decker Unite to Warn Others

Families of missing women come together to prevent future tragedy



    (Published Monday, April 2, 2012)

    The families of two young women who disappeared are now coming together in an effort to prevent another family from feeling their loss.

    Relatives of Morgan Harrington and Bethany Decker spent Saturday morning outside a Giant food store in Fairfax County.

    Morgan Harrington disappeared after a Metallica concert in Charlottesville in 2009. Her body was found in a field in Albemarle County months later.

    Police say DNA evidence has linked Harrington's case to a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax County. That crime was committed on a woman who was walking home from the same grocery store where the families gathered Saturday.

    Harrington's parents have started a campaign called "Help Save the Next Girl." On Saturday, they passed out fliers to shoppers warning them of what they see as potential danger. “There’s a predator somewhere in this area between Charlottesville and Fairfax who’s at the top of his game. And we want to make sure people know to look out for one another so he’s not able to create such pain for another family,” said Gil Harrington, Morgan’s mother.

    Bethany Decker disappeared in January of 2011. She was several months pregnant.

    Police have no evidence that has linked Harrington's case with Decker's.