It has been 17 months since Anita Wernsing, 78, was killed by a run-away driver.
Neither her family, nor local law enforcement agencies, have forgotten Wernsing nor given up the search for the person who ran her down at about 6 p.m. Nov. 25, 2012, on Indiana 267 in Fayette, a few dozen feet from her home.
Now the family hopes for closure, and police hope for an arrest, through a public service announcement created by Ball State University students at the request of Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana. Copies of the PSA were given to local media during a press conference Monday, March 10, at the Boone County Jail.
Gary Davis, a son-in-law of Wernsing, said since her death four great-grandchildren have been born, a grandson has died, and there have been two weddings. As he spoke, he held a photo portrait of his wife, Kathy, with her mother.
“The one thing the family wants is closure,” Davis said. “We forgive the person who did it. We just want to put this to rest.”
As she cradled her 10-week-old son, Mistie Linn, one of Wernsing’s granddaughters, said her grandmother led an extraordinary life.
“Both my aunts have needed her,” Linn said.
She said her younger sister remains so upset over their grandmother’s death that she could not attend Monday’s press conference.
A driver who was lost was the first person to call 9-1-1. That person had been going south on Ind. 267 and had seen Wernsing in the parking lot of Mt. Tabor Primitive Baptist Church. Passing three northbound vehicles in the next 30 to 60 seconds, the driver turned around at CR 750 S and drove north, spotting Wernsing in the side ditch. All of those vehicles have been identified and eliminated as belonging to the suspect. Police believe the suspect vehicle is a pickup or SUV.