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(Updated 10 a.m., April 6)
OPS offers $25K reward to help solve 2013 hit-and-run case

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Michael Morlang was struck and killed by a passing vehicle on Frank Kenny Road on August 11, 2013. File photo

In the early morning hours of Aug. 11, 2013, Michael Morlang was walking home along Frank Kenny Road when he was struck by a passing vehicle and left to die.

The 30-year-old Morlang had spent the previous Saturday night with some friends and was walking south along Frank Kenny near Huismans Road when he was hit sometime between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

Initial requests for public information yielded a handful of tips, but nothing panned out. Since the police have received over 100 leads, but they are still no closer to identifying a possible suspect.

Desperate for any tidbit that might aid them in their investigation, the Ottawa Police Service is offering a $25,000 reward for any information that helps solve the case.

Through the use of paint analysis, police investigators believe the vehicle was a GM with dark red/burgundy paint used between 1997 and 98 and 2003 to 2010. They also believe there's a good chance the vehicle was repainted after the collision.

"We are offering a reward knowing that someone somewhere has information about the driver responsible for this fatal collision. We urge you to come forward and help us bring justice and closure to Michael's family," said Ottawa police collisions unit Sgt. Walter McIlquham in a media release.

For their part, Morlang's parents, Brian Visneskie and Kathryn Morlang, have had difficult time dealing with their son's senseless death.

"For the last two and a half years, we have not been able to move on with our lives. We have no closure," they said in the press release. "The person responsible for Michael's death has lived the last two and a half years without ever taking any responsibility for their actions. Michael always found the good in people and it hurts knowing that someone out there may have the information needed to solve this crime and has yet to come forward."

"With the announcement of this reward, we, Michael's family, and the Ottawa police are hoping that someone will come forward with new information that will help solve Michael's case."

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Lianne McAughey at 613-236-1222, ext. 2481, or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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