Family hopes PSA will generate new leads in fatal hit-and-run case

Anita Wernsing, 78, killed November 2012

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. - Police, Crime Stoppers and some Ball State University students have joined together in an effort to generate new leads on a hit-and-run crash that killed a 78-year-old woman more than a year ago.

Anita Wernsing was walking home from Mt. Tabor Baptist Church on State Road 267 on the evening of November 25, 2012 when she was fatally struck.

Police have exhausted all leads and are hopeful a new public service announcement will help solve the case.

"It's been very hard. It's been 17 months and so much has happened in our family that she should have been here for. We can't have her and we can't have answers," Wernsing’s granddaughter Mistie Linn said.

Wernsing missed the birth of four of her great-grandchildren since her death 17 months ago. Her granddaughter says her family is desperate for answers.

"It's just the missing her and the not knowing. You wouldn't think that not knowing would bother someone so much but it does. It bothers you a lot. I mean, it was an accident. It's OK. The forgiveness is even there. But even if you didn't do it, somebody knows," Linn said.

Friends, family and police hope the new PSA, created by Ball State students, will help nudge anyone with information to come forward.

With no eyewitnesses, investigators are counting on anyone who knows anything about the deadly hit-and-run to free their conscience.

"Whoever hit her and left her in the road, I don't know how you sleep at night ... we want you to do the right thing," Maj. Mike Nielsen with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said.

The PSA will air on channel 16, online and on the Facebook pages of police and the sheriff’s department.

The public can leave anonymous tips toll-free at (800) 222-TIPS.

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