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Family of man dragged to death buys billboard, questions NOPD commitment

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The family of man killed by a hit-and-run driver and dragged for several miles has paid for a billboard asking for more information to help solve the case.

This comes as the attorney for Josh Woodward’s family says they no longer have confidence that the New Orleans Police Department is focusing on the investigation.

The family says they have received virtually no information in months and are completely distraught and frustrated. 

"It certainly does not seem that this is a priority for the New Orleans Police Department," family attorney Patricia Prezioso said.

Woodruff was hit at the corner of Decatur and Dumaine streets around 3 a.m. on New Year's Day. His body was then dragged for miles from the French Quarter to the West Bank.

Police believe a black sedan struck the 28-year-old Harvard graduate.

After his murder, Woodruff's parents flew to New Orleans and stood side-by-side with police begging for information.

"We know that there are people who saw the car," said the victim's father, Mark Woodruff. "From the video, we've seen people who've tracked it with their eyes. I'm assuming they haven't come forward because they don't think they saw anything helpful. Let the police make that decision.

New Orleans police say they’ve reviewed surveillance video but have not been able to identify a license plate on the vehicle. 

Tuesday evening the city released the following statement on behalf of the Police Department:

"The NOPD Traffic Division continues to investigate this tragic incident. From the start, detectives worked quickly to gather as much evidence and information as possible to develop leads in the case. The department has collaborated with state and federal law enforcement partners to digitally enhance video footage, as well as with auto body shops, phone companies, Crimestoppers GNO, and others to obtain additional evidence. Detectives will continue to work aggressively to bring closure to the Woodruff family and to bring the person(s) responsible to justice.

"The investigation is on-going and there is no additional information available to provide at this time." 

"At this point, the family needs to know that there are law enforcement resources being devoted to solving this crime, and at this point, that is an open question," Prezioso said.

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