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Reward offered in Minot infant hit-and-run death

MINOT -- Jason Pepple made a direct plea Tuesday to the driver of the hit-and-run that killed his 23-month-old daughter. "I ask them to do the right thing and come forward," he said at a press conference in Minot. Zofia Kristal Pepple of New Town...

MINOT - Jason Pepple made a direct plea Tuesday to the driver of the hit-and-run that killed his 23-month-old daughter.
“I ask them to do the right thing and come forward,” he said at a press conference in Minot.
Zofia Kristal Pepple of New Town was fatally struck Aug. 31 in the 200 block of 11th Avenue Southeast, as her mother Chantelle was trying to coax her into the family car after visiting a friend in Minot.
Police announced a reward fund in hopes of developing new leads in the case. The reward is set at $3,000 with up to an additional $1,000 available through Crime Stoppers. The reward is for information that leads to an arrest or brings closure to the case, police said.
Detective Craig Sandusky said the vehicle of interest is still a full-size black pickup. The photo released by police after the incident is from a surveillance camera at a car wash and gas station near the intersection of South Broadway and 11th Avenue Southeast.
Sandusky said the business is four blocks from the scene of the hit-and-run. Police believe the pickup seen in the photo “might be the one,” but aren’t “100 percent certain.”
The “striking vehicle” could have come from three other streets in the area and would not have been documented on surveillance, Sandusky said.
Capt. John Klug said the strategy is to revive fresh leads and “broaden the scope” of the investigation.
“They (police) don’t want to eliminate the possibility of another pickup being involved. We know it (the black pickup) was in the area, we don’t know if it continued three blocks and hit Zofia,” Klug said.
Klug urged the driver of the black pickup to come forward and speak with police.
Donations can be sent to GEM Credit Union, P.O. Box 1606, Minot, ND 58702. Checks should include Zofia Reward Fund on the memo line, or include a separate note indicating the purpose of the donation.
Anyone with information on the hit-and-run is asked to call the Minot Police Department at 701-852-0111 or Crime Stoppers at 701-85CRIME.
Sandusky said people have called in a lot of license plate numbers, but the tips have slowed. He’s hoping the reward fund will encourage “somebody to come forward.”
“It’s frustrating to not know exactly what we’re looking for,” he said.

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