- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The father of a tourist who police believe was struck by a car in New Orleans’ French Quarter and dragged more than six miles across a Mississippi River bridge made a public appeal Friday for the driver of the vehicle to turn himself in.

The body of Joshua Woodruff, 28, was found around 3:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day across the river from the French Quarter, where police believe he was initially struck by a black sedan.

“Turn yourself in. You need that cleansing of your conscience,” Mark Woodruff said during a news conference with his wife Caren at New Orleans Police Department headquarters.

Woodruff’s parents traveled to the city from Omaha, Nebraska, for the news conference. They joined police chief Michael Harrison in appealing for witnesses to come forward.

“We’re appealing to the conscience of those people who might know something,” Harrison said. “Please come forward. The Woodruffs need closure.

“They’ve suffered a great loss and their lives will never be the same.”

Woodruff’s family and the Crimestoppers organization offered a $10,000 reward in the case.

Woodruff, an Omaha native, lived in Los Angeles.


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