When your case is the only recent and active missing person case in your city, you would think that the first person that comes to mind when a body was found was you. Unfortunately for (now deceased) Cassandra Morton, this was not the case.
Research Google News for “Cassandra Morton” and you will find that most articles written on a body being found in Campbell County referred first to missing white woman Morgan Harrington from Roanoke rather than Cassandra Morton who is from Lynchburg where the body was found.
“The clothes, Guthrie added, did not match the description of those worn by Harrington when she disappeared from a rock concert in Charlottesville on Oct. 17. Harrington, 20, was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black miniskirt , black boots and black tights, with a Swarovski crystal necklace made up of large crystal chain links. Guthrie said investigators have “no reason to believe” the body is Harrington’s.”
“Virginia Tech student and Roanoke resident Morgan Harrington’s disappearance from a Charlottesville concert in October has been widely reported. Two others have recently been reported missing from Lynchburg, he said. Cassandra Ann Morton, 23, was last seen in Lynchburg on Oct. 10. A student at Lynchburg College from Pittsylvania County also was reported missing recently, the sheriff said.”
“This story is generating a lot of interest from media outlets around the state. A crew from Richmond has shown up believing the remains could be those of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. The sheriff tells me they are too decomposed to be Harrington’s and the victim’s victim’s clothing does not match what Harrington was last seen wearing. Still, state police tell us they have followed up on the discovery, just as they have with any other unidentified remains that have been recovered since her disappearance. Harrington vanished last month while attending a concert at the University of Virginia.”
Cassandra’s name does not even show up under the related names column for the articles:
Who was even looking for Cassandra? One article states that the only reason why the discovery garnered statewide interest was because the body was believed to be Morgan Harrington.
“The discovery had garnered interest statewide because of the missing person case of Morgan Harrington, who disappeared from a concert in Charlottesville in October.”
Cassandra was a loving mother, daughter and sister. She had a family who cared about her. She was not only a victim of foul play but also a victim of the disinterested media. Cassandra was last seen on October 10, 2009, but no article was written on her until she was missing for more than a month. To Cassandra and her family: I’m sorry more attention was not being paid to you.
Anyone with information regarding to Cassandra’s disappearance or death, including her whereabouts around the time she disappeared or the identity of any suspects, is urged to contact the Lynchburg Police Department at 455-6054, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 332-9580 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900.