Mayor and police make statement after finding suspected hit-and-run car

Published: Aug. 29, 2017 at 6:13 PM EDT
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The car involved in a fatal hit-in-run in Elkhart over the weekend has been found.

Tuesday morning, officers were sent to a suspicious vehicle on the 2700 block of Frederic Drive. Officers were told there was a light-colored car in the parking lot under a tarp.

Police officers obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. With the evidence gathered, police have determined this is the suspect car. It's a silver 1999 Cadillac.

Officers and detectives are still looking for the owner of the vehicle.

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese and police made a brief statement at the corner of Cassopolis St. and Beardsley St.

Mayor Neese thanked police and the public for their efforts in finding the car.

Sgt. Chris Snyder pleaded with the person responsible to think about the families of those who died.

Anyone with any information about the driver should contact the Elkhart Police Department at (574) 295-7070

Original Article

After a deadly hit-and-run in Elkhart this weekend, several families are looking for justice.

The driver responsible for killing three people, including 8-month-old Dolly Smith is still on the loose.

Now Dolly’s family is pleading for your help.

Heartbreak doesn't begin to describe how they're feeling; words will never fully explain the pain they are going through.

“You don’t ever think that you're going to bury your grandchild, or to watch your daughter lose her child. You don't ever think that's going to happen. It's not supposed to work that way,” said Yvonne Thomas, Dolly’s maternal grandmother.

Thomas is now begging for answers and expressing her devastation after losing her only grandchild.

Dolly was with her father Bradley Smith the night of the hit-and-run.

Three days later, a memorial remains at the scene of the crash.

“She just never stood a chance because of what happened,” said Thomas.

The impact caused so much damage that Dolly was airlifted to Chicago for treatment.

Her family says Dolly's left leg and clavicle were broken, her bowel and liver were perforated and her brain, swollen.

Sunday, Dolly passed away.

“It hasn't completely hit me yet. I’m scared, shocked, totally unexpected; Most of all, heartbroken,” said Marquis Thomas-Burke, Dolly’s mother who goes by her nickname, Markie.

Dolly's family says they are already feeling a void without her.

“Every time she saw anybody, it was just, ‘I can't believe you're here to see me, I’m so excited you're here,’” said Cliff Daly, Markie’s godfather.

“She loved animals and music. We only had 8 months, that's all. She'll never get to realize anything beyond that,” said Thomas.

They are seeking justice.

“This one person decided that they could take somebody's life, they have no right,” said Thomas.

Meantime, they are also mourning a life that was taken far too soon.

“The world will never know what they lost,” said Daly.

Currently, authorities are still searching for both the vehicle and the person responsible for killing 8-month-old Dolly Smith, 11-year-old Courtney Smith and 22-year-old Shawn Wolcott.

Officers are looking for a light-colored Cadillac with front and driver-side damage.

If you have any information, call police the Elkhart Police Department right away at 574-295-7070.

A memorial service for Dolly will happen this Friday, September 1 at 11 a.m. followed by a service at 2 p.m. This will take place at Church of Nazarene on County Road 7. The public is welcome to attend.

There, all three hit and run victims will be honored, included Dolly's aunt and uncle who were also killed.

Meantime, a relative has started a GoFundMe page in hopes to raise money to allow Markie time off of work to grieve this loss.

To visit the GoFundMe page, click