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Has the Route 29 stalker returned to Virginia?

Update 2:29 PM 01/27/2010: The Virginia State Police have confirmed that the body found yesterday on Anchorage Farm in Southern Albermarle County is the body of 20 year old Morgan Harrington. As, I have said below my thoughts and prayers go out to the Harrington family and to the deceased.  Below are statements from both Dr. Harrington, Morgan’s Father and the Virginia State police.

“Morgan’s mother, Gil, and I are overwhelmingly saddened by yesterday’s discovery, but we are also relieved because our questions can now be answered and we can give our daughter a proper burial. We know that because of the good life Morgan led and the love she created for everyone around her, she is now in a safer, better place. We appreciate everyone’s respect for our privacy at this difficult time and we thank everyone who has helped us through this tragedy and helped us find Morgan.”

In a statement released Wednesday, Virginia State Police confirmed that the body found on Anchorage Farm in southern Albemarle County early Tuesday is, in fact, that of Morgan Harrington. Dental records supplied by the Harrington family provided enough evidence for the state medical examiner to determine that the remains belonged to the Virginia Tech student who had been missing for 101 days.  The confirmation closes the missing persons case that has been ongoing since Harrington’s disappearance on October 17, but opens what police are now considering a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.

With a body being recovered that Virginia State Police say is probably the body of missing college student Morgan Harrington, on a farm off of Route 29 in Albemarle County, the question this brings up in my mind is; Has the Route 29 stalker returned to Virginia.

For those who do not know the story of the Route 29 Stalker and his one confirmed victim Alicia Showalter Reynolds, I will refresh those minds.

In March 2, 1996, Alicia Showalter Reynolds’ car was found alongside Route 29 in Culpeper County, Virginia. Alicia, a 25-year-old graduate student, was traveling from her home in Baltimore to Charlottesville, Virginia. Two months later, her skeletal remains were found 15 miles away from where her car was located in Lignum, Virginia. During the investigation, it was determined that numerous other women were “flagged down” by a white male driving a dark pickup truck while driving along Route 29. The man would attempt to get the women to pull over by indicating they were having car trouble.

Also in the same geographical location and time frame this happened:

In late September of 1996, 20-year-old Anne Carolyn McDaniel disappeared from an Orange street and was murdered. Her body was found near Mount Pony in Culpeper County. (This case remains unsolved as well)

Now 14 years later Morgan Harrington disappears during a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, some reports had her hitchhiking around the area of Route 29. Below is a time line of events from Newsplex.com:


October 17 — Morgan Harrington attends a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.

October 18 — Harrington’s family reports her missing when she didn’t show up at her family’s home in Roanoke to study for a test. Investigators start combing through the area where Harrington was last seen, which they say was 9:20 p.m. the night of the concert at the Copeley Road Bridge.

October 21 — Police confirm they found Harrington’s purse and cell phone in a parking lot between JPJ Arena and the University of Virginia’s athletic fields.

October 23 — CrimeStoppers offers a $100,000 reward for any information leading to Harrington’s whereabouts. Metallica adds $50,000 the next day.

November 6 — Harrington’s parents and the Texas-based Laura Recover Center led a three-day search for her with more than 1,600 volunteers.

November 12 — People magazine show Harrington in a feature, along with other missing people.

December 16 — Virginia State Police comb through an area along Interstate 64 in the Ivy area looking for additional clues.

January 12 — Harrington’s parents announce plans for a new search, but it was called off because there was too much snow on the ground.

January 26 — Virginia State Police respond to a call after the discovery of skeletal remains on a private farm in southern Albemarle County.

All 3 of the above cases have striking similarities, women who are in the same age range, who are college students, and the bodies of the victims end up on the Route 29 corridor of Central Virginia, has the Route 29 Stalker returned to Virginia? Was he in prison or lived somewhere else for his 14 years of inactivity? Or all the cases separate acts of violence against innocent people?

More information on the Route 29 stalker and the Alicia Showalter Reynolds case:

Free Lance Star (Excellent story and investigative report)

Culpeper Star Exponent


More Information on the Anne Carolyn McDaniel case:

Washington Post

Free Lance Star


More information on the Morgan Harrington case:

CBS News



Find Morgan

Also if any body has any information on the above cases PLEASE call the Virginia State Police at 1-800-572-2260 or 1-540-829-7400 for the Alicia Showalter Reynolds Case, Anne Carolyn McDaniel and the Route 29 Stalker Case.

For the Morgan Harrington case please call (434) 352-3467

Note: I am not a State Police or local police investigator, so my thoughts of  the similarities of these crimes in no way reflects the Virginia State Police or any other investigating agency. I am just stating that these cases have a quite a few similarities. My hope is some body will call in with a tip, that will lead to the solving of  these cases and closure for all the families involved. My prayers go out to the families of  Alicia Showalter Reynolds, Anne Carolyn McDaniel, and Morgan Harrington, I am sorry for all of your losses and I pray that you will some day have closure in these cases.

12 Responses to “Has the Route 29 stalker returned to Virginia?”

  1. When I learned of this young woman missing, I thought of the Rt. 29 Stalker, and wondered if there might be a connection.

  2. Yes, it hit me hard that Harrington’s body was found near Rt 29. But lets get off the kick that Rice could have been responsible. The State police have focused so extensively on him in the Showalter case, and have missed following other very probable leads. I do not trust all the things that the police say anymore!! Rice was incarcerated during the time of Harrington’s disappearance so they and everyone else can focus on someone else.

  3. @ Sadie do not discount what the police say, when you have crimes scenes that have been compromised because of weather or other elements including possibly people, animals or other things sometimes a determination can not be made. Also the length of time between bodies being discovered makes it hard to collect evidence, in the Harrington case there has been a snow storm and a rain storm that could have washed away evidence, also linking criminal cases with out physical evidence is not an exact science, with out a suspect or physical evidence it is based on theories.

    Rice being a suspect for the Route 29 Stalker, was never a great theory, he was mentally ill and does not fit the profile of a serial killer. There are many questions to look at now.

    1. Will the cause of death be the same in the 3 cases (Strangulation) ?

    2. If that is the case, what explains a 14 year period of inactivity of a killer ( being in Jail or prison, not living in the area, not working in the area)?

    3. Is the MO the same in all 3 cases? (right now it is similar, with the ages of the victims, But there are other features Serial killers look at in victims.)

    And many other questions that will come to people in coming days.

  4. @ Julie I have been thinking that since her disappearance, during the original killings I was 14 and lived in Caroline County,near where Marc Evonitz was killing the Lisk sisters and Silva girl, I remember the fear in people then and truly hope and pray this is not the Route 29 stalker in one breath and in the other breath I hope it is, because it will hopefully lead to more evidence that will close 2 cold case unsolved murders from 1996.

  5. I also thought about Ms. Showalters & Ms. McDaniels when Morgan went missing. How about the young woman in Campbell County whose body was discovered on 11/30/09? The type of place and condition of the body sounded eerily like Morgan’s and the earlier victims. Lynchburg is not far from Charlottesville.

  6. @ Flora I thought about that as well, I will have a post with similarities of all the above mentioned cases in the coming days.

  7. You also have left out the two female hikers killed on Skyline Drive…accessible by road perpendicular (or meandering), I believe, near Old Rag and Syria, VA up to Skyline Drive.
    I don’t think this person has left Virginia. I think he goes underground for a while. I also suspect he is affluent, somewhat educated, and probably in early middle age. He is someone women flagged down by would have trusted enough to receive car help from and or gotten into his car.
    Remember the case in Atlanta where Afro-American kids were being murdered. At first, people assumed it was a white racist, and then profilers surmised it was likely an African-American male and a man kids would trust.

  8. I had an frightening experience on Rt 29 at approx. 9:15 pm. on 11/11/2010 which completely unnerved me. Five days later when I pulled myself together enough to notify law enforcement I was told by the local police that it sounded like this Rt 29 Stalker. I had never heard of this before. They had me call a Detective with the VA State Troopers and he agreed that it was the same MO, etc, and a truck was involved – it sounded like the Rt. 29 Stalker/Killer. I was traveling alone – an accident (not my fault) earlier in the day (Fredericksburg) had me running late..

    I had never used Rt 29 before. I was in an extremely remote area & had no clue as to exactly where I was or I would have called 911. I was traveling south. It was just me & this guy on the road. He drove an older white truck with a cap (?) on the back with a dark stripe or perhaps an older white SUV. It was big. He traveled in the lane immediately to my left for quite some time, Then he suddenly jerked his vehichle in front of mine to run me off the road into the ditch. Luckily, I managed to keep my SUV on the road. I then got in front of him thinking he couldn’t run me off the road if I was in front of him. It worked. But he chased me at VERY high speeds for quite a while. (at least 10-15 min) It seemed like forever. This guy was serious – he wasn’t playing games. I could feel his rage & determination. I thought my life was about to end.

    The Rt. 29 Stalker/Killer is still out there. I was robbed at gunpoint (Glock 21) & assaulted a few months earlier but this was much more frightening that that. At least the VA State Troopers have a current description of his vehichle now. They took my report seriously.

    ~Kate (Greensboro, NC)


    After hearing the news reports about “Gary Giordano” from Maryland who is a suspect in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner, I think the VA State Police need to take a good long look at him at being the possible RT 29 Stalker because other women have come forward saying that he acted very strange with them and stalked them!

    In the day of cell phones, the RT 29 Stalker could have changed his mo because he would have had a very hard time stalking women today because the women could easily dial 911 for help on their cell phones.

    This Gary guy would invite women to go on vacation with him and they way the women said he acted–it was all really strange to me!

    Take a good look at him in the ABC News Video at the link http://abcnews.go.com/US/missing-aruba-friend-suspect-harmful-aggressive-texts/story?id=14279819 and then take a good look at the RT 29 Stalker composite drawing at the link http://www.google.com/imgres?q=rt+29+stalker&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1024&bih=655&tbm=isch&prmd=ivns&tbnid=_rq_X9uKfv3lkM:&imgrefurl=http://www.ontherightinva.com/2010/01/27/has-the-route-29-stalker-returned-to-virginia/&docid=3BJ-0_7HFP5J-M&w=422&h=489&ei=GhdOTrjGG8XDgQe88KjmBg&zoom=1

    What do you all think? Could there be a possible connection? He is from Maryland which is very close to northern Virginia too!

    -Just wondering

  10. Gary Giordano is from Frederick, Maryland and I did a search on Map Quest and he lives LESS THAN 2 hours away from Culpepper, VA!

    See the map for yourself at the link http://www.mapquest.com/#a2940c76d81c6a83d9a32ff0

    I hope someone will investigate him as the possible RT 29 Stalker! He is 50 years old too which is about the same age that many believe the RT 29 Stalker is today!!!!

    What do you all think?

    -Just wondering

  11. I use to Live in Culpeper, VA. I drove from Culpeper to Manassas everyday for many years. It would take rt 28 to Rt29 most of the time. I remember going home one day just past the ball field & before the caution light to turn at Remington a man in a blue car (between light & medium blue), I think it was a skylark or cutlass, it was a square/boxy car. Tried to pull me over several times. He played cat & mouse until I faked him out & took the 1st Culpeper exit by almost slamming my brakes & turning sharply to take the exit. I stopped at the 1st gas station on left & called 911. I gave them the plate#, tags were VA & I remember the tags had some kind of medical symbol (EMT, etc). I didn’t think about it until just recently that the man in that car looks like that pic.I couldn’t give a date of when this happened & it was so long ago. If that was even the stalker.

  12. I am 35 now & would have been in my twenties at that time. I was a very attractive young woman then & would have fit his profile of victims. If this may help by catching him. I do not live in the state of Virginia anymore. I was born & raised there.

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