Police looking for Chevrolet van in fatal hit-and-run

The Washington State Patrol is looking for a Chevrolet van they believe was the vehicle involved in the hit and run fatality that killed a 36-year-old woman at the eastern entrance to Aberdeen last week.

The body of Katrina D. Rugg, 36, or Aberdeen,was found just off the highway Tuesday evening by a family that had pulled over to the side of the road.

Evidence found at the scene determined that the vehicle involved is a Chevrolet van, and could range in year from 2003-2011, the State Patrol said.

Authorities don’t yet know the color of the van, but expect to determine that through crime lab analysis. The body style has remained consistent throughout those years, the State Patrol said. That type of van is typically used as a work van and commonly referred to as a “contractor’s van.”

The State Patrol said damage should be visible to the vehicle’s right front (passenger side) headlight assembly and the van will be missing the passenger side mirror. Additional damage to the passenger side of the van may be visible as well.

Rugg’s body was found on along Highway 12 just outside Aberdeen near Sargent Boulevard.

She was last seen on Sunday evening after leaving her family’s home in Aberdeen. It is unknown exactly when the hit and run collision occurred, but Police believe she may have been killed as early as Monday night. She was identified through her fingerprints Friday.

Anyone with information regarding this vehicle or the events surrounding the incident is asked to call Detective Rodney Green at 360-473-0148.


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