Crime Stoppers offers large reward in fatal hit and run of Washington Twp. mother Sandra Lee Loepp
Elissa Robinson , Smita Kalokhe
6:11 AM, Dec 28, 2012
7:07 PM, Dec 28, 2012
(WXYZ) - Crime Stoppers announced a $2,500 reward Friday in a hit and run case that killed a Washington Township mother.
The reward increases to $3,500 if the tip leading to the arrest of the suspect comes in by midnight Friday.
Police say Sandra Lee Loepp, a 37-year old mother of five, spent the evening with her husband and friends before leaving Santino's bar in Washington Township on Sunday, December 16 around 1:00 a.m. Friends thought she got a ride home, but Loepp began walking northbound on Van Dyke near Campground when she was fatally hit by a vehicle. With her back to traffic, Loepp never saw it coming.
According to police, Loepp was dragged less than a quarter of a mile before the driver stopped, removed her body from under the car and left it in the parking lot of the Washington Mobile Home Park.
Speaking at the Crime Stoppers press conference, Loepp's sister pleaded for justice. Kristy Bottle fought back tears as she described how her sister was treated like an animal. "She wasn't an animal. She was our sister, she was my sister. She was a wife and she was a mother. She has five beautiful children who will never get to see their mom again," said Bottle.
Loepp's husband said the family needed answers. "Please, you know who did this," begged Vernor Loepp. "You know who you are. You owe it to god, you owe it to me, you owe it to her family, and you owe it to her kids. You have to come forth. We have to have closure."
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.