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Omaha family still searching for the person...

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 18:17:55-05

An Omaha Family is pleading for help, after a hit-and-run driver killed their son on New Years in New Orleans.

Josh Woodruff was only 28 years-old, “it will never be totally righted, we have to learn how to live without Josh,” said his mother, Karen Woodruff.

“He sent us a text New Year’s night that said before I get going for the evening, I just want you to know how ridiculously thankful for you and how pumped I am for 2016,” she said.

The New Orleans police have been searching for a black car they picked up on security cameras.

“Our investigators are working tirelessly working around the clock, searching every angle looking at video continuing to look for more evidence, but what we need is help from the community,” said New Orleans Police superintendant Michael Harrison.

Police said the public have been good at helping in the past, and they need that help again.

“Now we need you to step up one more time,” said Harrison.

Josh’s father, Mark Woodruff, is asking the driver of the car to come forward, “we are asking, turn yourself in; you need that cleansing of your conscience.” 

The Woodruffs said the support they have received has helped them through the grieving process and hope that support will lead to finding the person who killed their son

“So I would ask you, if you know anything or think you saw anything, please help, please help us, please,” said Karen Woodruff.

New Orleans crime stoppers are offering a $10,000 reward for help in catching Josh’s hit-and-run driver. Some of that money is coming from the Woodruff family.