On 1/12/2010, it was announced that famed searcher Monica Caison would be joining the hunt for Morgan Harrington. Harrington is the 20 year old Virginia Tech student who went missing on 10/17/2009, while attending a Metallica concert in
Monica Caison, of The CUE Center, is a welcome addition to the team of volunteers that have searched tirelessly since Morgan’s disappearance in October 2009. According to the CUE Center web site, Ms. Caison founded the non-profit
Center for Missing Persons, in 1994. The organization is focused on finding the missing, advocating for their causes, and supporting their families. They offer a wide range of free services; CUE has since helped more than 8,700 families in what is often the most confusing and desperate times of their lives. In addition to providing services for the missing and their families, CUE offers college internships and youth mentoring programs. CUE is entirely donation funded and staffed by volunteers, including Mrs. Caison, who takes no salary from the organization.
Caison and her crew will begin the search for Morgan in late February 2010. The hope will be to either find Morgan or find evidence that will lead to her whereabouts. I had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Caison and posed to her some questions about the search for Morgan:
Where do you begin in a case like Morgan’s?
We will construct search plans under the theory of a possible abduction and also if Morgan happened to wander and possibly made have been taken over by the outside cold conditions and or may have fallen and not survived the fall. So you begin by looking at all that has been cleared by other searches that have taken place and first look beyond that as you take all areas that have been eliminated, then put your theory into play.
How much preparation is needed before you start a search?
Most always we have a logistical plan in place and arrive a day or so early to add finishing touches, we come prepared.
Do you work directly with Law Enforcement?
In all of our cases of missing persons we are required to be an aid to law officials and work in coloration with them in all efforts to benefit the missing person and their families. We are just an added tool to the effort.
Do you or the
Center develop your own leads?
All information received in cases of the missing are handed over directly to the investigators on the case at hand and all information brought in by way of our efforts, we do have an obligation to the victims to see it is followed through, every lead has to be ruled out in order to have a sound case.
When do you think you will be able to launch your first search for Morgan?
We are planning as of right now to conduct the search on the last weekend of February but will return to the area prior for planning and other efforts concerning the search.
How long will you stay on this case?
Until Morgan is located. once CUE Center is ask to aid a case we will be their long term and provided many efforts to bring awareness all in an effort to help identify another location to search and aid investigators in possible new information, all in an effort for a resolution to her whereabouts. we can never promise to locate a missing person, however we can promise to take the journey with our families, no matter the length of that road maybe.
It is clear that Ms. Caison is truly an expert in her field and is dedicated to her work as a tireless advocate for the missing and their families. She brings to this case a renewed sense of hope that we will, at long last, bring Morgan Harrington, home.
If you have any information you can contact the lead investigator with The Virginia State Police, Lt. Joe Rader, by calling the tip line at 434-352-3467 or email information to [email protected]. The reward for any info leading to the wherabouts of Morgan now officially stands at $150,000. You can also send tips through the Find Morgan website, The Laura Recovery Center, The CUE Center or by contacting our agency, The R.D.D.Detective Agency, at mailto:[email protected] You can remain anonymous.