- Kym L. Pasqualini
Murder of Chad Demuth, Police Hunt for Hit and Run Driver
Chad Demuth, 36, a resident of Louisville, Kentucky, was killed by a hit and run driver on June 1, 2014. Investigators say Demuth left the Blue Grass Music Festival at Bill Monroe Music Park in Morgantown, Indiana, about 90 miles from Louisville, and began walking along Highway 135 when he was hit and killed.
Now the hunt is on for the driver and vehicle responsible for hitting Demuth and not stopping to render help.
The Brown County Sheriff's Office released a description of the vehicle suggesting it is a two door, full-size 1988 to 1997 Chevy or GMC truck was involved. Likely, a C1500 or W/T model with glass sealed beam headlamps.
Detectives believe Demuth was hit sometime between 12:20 a.m. and 2:20 a.m. The vehicle was also traveling south on Highway 135 hitting him and knocking him approximately 140 feet killing him. Officers arrived at the scene after receiving a call from a passerby who discovered his body three miles from the festival.
Originally investigators did not know what color the truck was but tests on evidence suggest the truck or the bumper is black. They say the truck likely has front-end damage to the right headlight, passenger door mirror and possibly the windshield.
Demuth had gone to the concert with his girlfriend who left early, and at some point, he began walking south on Highway 135 which eventually intersects with Interstate 65 south to Louisville. "Then she went to get him, and she couldn't find him, and we really don't know exactly when he got hit," said Tina Maddox, a relative of Demuth's.
A young man remembered
Demuth is remembered as a gentle and polite young man with a passion for music and the nature, says Tina Maddox, a relative of Demuth's.
An Atherton High School graduate, Demuth also attended JCTC and the University of Louisville.
"He loved music and he loved bluegrass," said Demuth's stepfather Bob Rice.
"His mother is grieving immensely over a boy or a child that she will never be able to hug or kiss or get a Christmas card from," said Rice.
"Finding the perpetrators of this horrible deed will give some closure I'm sure," Rice told WAVE 3 News. "It's not going to give complete closure, it will never heal," Rice added. "A child dying before a parent is basically a crime against nature."
The family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing Demuth.
If you have information about the murder of Chad Demuth please call Detective Scott Southerland at the Brown County Sheriff's Office at 812-988-6655.
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