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EPCSO uses evidence to narrow down vehicle involved in fatal hit-and-run crash

Eduardo Vasquez's family urges anyone with information on the hit-and-run to call the authorities.

Investigators are looking for the driver who hit and killed a man in Vinton earlier this month.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said deputies found 37-year-old Eduardo Vasquez’s body on the morning of New Year’s Day.

They said the crash could’ve happened sometime on New Year’s Eve night and into the next morning.

We spoke with the victim's family who told us they miss Eduardo, every day.

"We still can't believe it, " said Eduardo's sister, Norma Vasquez. "We're still having a hard time."

His niece, Pryscila Miranda, said she remembers her uncle for the fun-loving person he was.

"When I think of Eddie, I just think of a wonderful soul that was taken from us way too soon," she said.

Eduardo's family said they forgive the driver responsible.

"That person took away something so special from us and we can never get him back," said Miranda.

Investigators told KFOX14 they’ve narrowed down the make and model of the vehicle involved as a maroon 2013 to 2016 Hyundai Elantra, and it would have damage to the front and a broken windshield.

The Sheriff’s Office said its officers collect and process any and all of the evidence they find at any crime scene.

They said the key is to pay attention to detail.

Sgt. Christopher Paz with the EPCSO told KFOX14 hit-and-runs are difficult to piece together, because they’re missing the key piece of evidence.

But he said a lot of times, those vehicles will leave something behind that’ll help investigators solve the case.

"There's a lot of different resources that you can use to pinpoint parts of vehicles, and nowadays, there's all sorts of components to the cars that have specific vehicle identification numbers,” said Paz.

Paz said some pieces of evidence make it easier to track down the vehicle than others.

“In some instances, you might have a license plate, you may have a part of a bumper, you might have a vehicle emblem of some sort,” he said.

He said since this particular case is still under investigation, he wouldn’t be able to give us information on what led them to narrow down the make and model of the car involved without compromising the investigation.

As Eduardo's family grieves, they said they only have one request.

"Please come forward with any little detail that you may have," said Miranda. "Just at least the slightest details, just so we can try to put the pieces together and so our family can finally have some closure, because Eddie deserves justice."

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