Parents of Harvard Grad Dragged Six Miles in Hit-and-Run Beg Culprit: 'Come Forward'

- The grieving parents of a young Harvard graduate who was dragged to a gruesome hit-and-run death in New Orleans are pleading with the driver to turn himself in.

Mark and Caren Woodruff, the parents of 28-year-old Joshua Woodruff, asked the party responsible to come forward at a news conference alongside New Orleans police on Friday.

"Let your conscience tell you to do the right thing," Mark Woodruff said. "Come forward."

Joshua Woodruff, an Omaha, Nebraska native who lived in Los Angeles, was in New Orleans to celebrate the New Year when police believe he was struck by a black sedan around 3:15 a.m. on New Year's Day.


Parents of Joshua Woodruff, the victim of the New Year's Day hit-and-run incident: "It will never be totally righted, but your support has meant a tremendous amount." Call Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans with information. #NOPDWanted

Posted by New Orleans Police Department (Official) on Friday, January 22, 2016

Woodruff was dragged over six miles across a Mississippi River bridge. Police found his body at 3:30 a.m. on an expressway, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

At the emotional press conference, Woodruff's family acknowledged that having a suspect in custody wouldn't ease their pain or help them forget the horrific way he was killed.

"It will never be totally righted," Caren Woodruff said. "We have to learn how to live without Josh."

Along with the Crimestoppers organization, Woodruff's family has offered a $10,000 reward in the case.

"We're as committed on day 20 as we are on day one," said NOPD Chief Michael Harrison. "We will never give up."

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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