Police seek SUV in Boone County hit-and-run that left 78-year-old woman dead

Dark SUV seen leaving scene

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. - Police are looking for an SUV in a hit-and-run crash that left a 78-year-old woman dead.

Anita Wernsing, of Fayette, was leaving Mt. Tabor Primitive Church, in the 7000 block of South State Road 267, Sunday evening when she was struck.

Another driver found Wernsing's body about 100 yards from the church.

Investigators said they believe a vehicle traveling northbound on State Road 267 struck Wernsing, ran off the road and then continued without stopping.

Police said they are looking for a dark SUV seen turning westbound onto County Road 700 South immediately following the crash. 

Vehicles parts found at the scene have been turned over to the Indiana State Police lab.

"This case continues to be a top priority for our detectives and crash team investigators," said Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell. "We look to our partners in the community to again team up with the sheriff's office and help us locate the suspect in this terrible event."

Police said the stretch of road where Wernsing was killed is well-lit, so they feel confident that the person who struck her saw her and knows what happened.

Wernsing's family says the 78-year-old was very active, working at McDonald's until just a few weeks ago and going to church several times a week.

"There's nothing that they're going to be able to say or do that's going to make us feel better about this situation," said Wernsing's son-in-law Gary Davis. "They've taken away a loving person who cared about everyone around her."

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Boone County Sheriff's Office at 765-482-1412.

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