Still no trace of Evesham Twp. hit-and-run victim

EVESHAM TWP., N.J. - October 12, 2012

An 81-year-old Cherry Hill man says he hit a person on the road, but the victim is nowhere to be found.

Around 8:15 Tuesday evening, the driver was stopped while driving erratically on East Main near Knox Boulevard.

Police noticed front end damage and later found traces of blondish brown human hair on the 1997 silver Ford Taurus.

On Friday the police search continued with dogs. The hope is that their sensitive noses might pick up some clue.

It's estimated in the last three days, that 50 miles of Evesham Township roadside has been searched by officers.

The sense is the victim is not lying somewhere in the township.

"After today for Evesham Township, we are not going to continue with dogs and ATV patrols. We've hit all of our roadways and all our embankments," said Sgt. Joseph Friel.

Who was hit by the elderly driver and where that happened remains a mystery. Police are certain it happened during 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Tuesday night, not before.

"We're very confident, from the Cherry Hill video, that when he left the mall at 6:18 pm there was no damage on that vehicle. The damage had to occur from the time he left the mall to the time he was stopped by our Evesham police officer," said Sgt Friel.

Police say the 81-year-old driver is still unable to tell them what roads he took that night but he does mention a certain destination.

"He does at one point talk about visiting a restaurant in Medford. I don't want to give the specific restaurant but he has recalled that and there are times when he felt as if that's where he was headed that night," said Sgt. Friel.

Police have checked with hospitals and missing persons reports, but so far, nothing has turned up.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police at 856-983-1111.

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