James Hetfield performs in England last weekend, courtesy Getty Images.
Say what you will about Metallica and their sometimes dubious musical decisions: when the chips are down, the San Fran maulers are stand-up guys. Proof? Having already topped up a reward offered by U.S. police in an unsolved murder case, the band’s singer James Hetfield has now filmed an advertisement urgently appealing to the public for info. Check it out below.
The FBI is searching for the killer (or killers) of 20-year-old Virginia Tech college student Morgan Harrington who disappeared after attending a Metallica concert in October 2009 in Charlottesville. Her skeletal remains were discovered about three months later in a remote hay field about 10 miles from the concert venue.
In the clip – which features a sketch of the suspect - Hetfield appeals to anyone who may have information. "Remember, 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 has been posted on YouTube and the FBI's website.
According to the NME, Harrington's mother Gil confirms the band had been supportive of the family. "The band reacted to that right away,” she is quoted as saying. “It was a matter of days before James Hetfield was on the phone to Dan [Morgan's father] saying, 'As a father, I am outraged.'"
And as mentioned, the group added $50,000 to an existing $100,000 reward offered by local police. The heat is on… stay tuned for details.