1 year later, still no arrest in hit-and-run death of Josh Woodruff

Updated: Dec. 28, 2016 at 5:38 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Almost a year has gone by since a tourist was killed in a hit and run and his body dragged for miles from the French Quarter to the West Bank.

Now, a year later, Josh Woodruff's family says they will never stop fighting to find his killer.

"There is a killer out there. There is somebody who killed our son," said the victim's mother, Caren Woodruff.

In the early morning hours of New Year's Day, a car hit the 28 year old Omaha native and Harvard graduate near Decatur and Dumaine Streets. His body was then dragged for 6 miles to the West Bank.

"We can tell you we have been stymied in our efforts to get specific things accomplished, and those that have gotten accomplished seem to have only happened because we pushed and then still seem to take a long time - longer than independent advisers that we have suggest is normal," said the victim's father, Mark Woodruff.

We reached out to the NOPD about that. They tell us they have an open line of communication with the family and they're working hard to solve the case and to bring the Woodruffs some closure.

"There are people who know something that are completely innocent - they just happened to be observers and they probably think whatever they saw doesn't matter. But you never know what matters, and so we're going to once again appeal that if you know you saw something at 3 a.m. on New Year's Day in the French Quarter, please come forward, even if you just think you saw the car," said Mark Woodruff.

"There are people taking pictures of a girlfriend or a boyfriend or whatever and in the background. There could be something. Look at your pictures," said Caren Woodruff.

And to the person responsible, Ben Woodruff, the victim's brother, would say this: "We forgive this person, we want that person to come forward so they can move on with their lives as well so we can just all be at peace."

Crimestoppers says they are still getting tips, especially since the family paid to put a billboard up in New Orleans. If you have any information that can help investigators solve this case, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. You could be eligible for a $15,000 reward.

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