Since the abduction of their daughter Morgan in October 2009, Dan and Gil Harrington have communicated with legislators and law enforcement all over Virginia and in Washington D.C. Most of their efforts have centered around three pieces of legislation:
- Kathryn’s Law
- Familial DNA Testing
- Kristen’s Law
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Kathryn's law: Harrington supports campus cop demotion
By Courteney Stuart |
Published online 4:37pm Thursday Sep 8th, 2011
and in print issue #1037 dated Thursday Sep 15th, 2011
Gil Harrington stands next to signs at John Paul Jones Arena. As extensively reported in the Hook, her daughter, Morgan Harrington, was abducted and slain after leaving a Metallica concert in 2009 and being denied reentry.
The days of campus police leading murder and rape investigations are coming to an end if the parents of slain Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington have anything to say about it.
Familial DNA Testing
Va. ready to conduct familial DNA testing
By: FRANK GREEN | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Published: May 12, 2011
The Virginia Department of Forensic Science is now capable of running familial DNA searches authorized byGov. Bob McDonnell in March, but the agency will not say whether it has.
"We've gone live already," Brad Jenkins, biology program manager for the department, told the Forensic Science Board on Wednesday. Officials, however, would not tell the oversight board whether the department has conducted such searches or been asked to do so.
In response to questions at Wednesday's board meeting, Gail Jaspen, chief deputy director, said the department neither confirms nor denies whether testing has been done in particular cases.
The Harringtons already have been involved in the legislative process during the time they were searching for Morgan. They asked lawmakers to reauthorize Kristen's Act, which creates a national database to search for missing adults. The 2002 federal law was named for Kristen Modafferi, an 18-year-old woman from Charlotte, N.C., who vanished in June 1997. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children could not help the search at the time because Modafferi was an adult. The House voted to reauthorize the law in February, and it is pending before the Senate. It is activism like this that helps to reaffirm that Morgan Harrington did not die in vain.