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EPD: Death of Owensboro Man Investigated as Hit and Run

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The death of an Owensboro man on Evansville’s North Side is now being investigated as a fatal hit-and-run. 

The body of 74-year-old James Eugene Rich was found in a ditch along Highway 41 near Lynch Road Thursday morning.

In a Friday release, EPD officer Taylor Merriss said police believe Rich was struck by a vehicle that left the scene.

The EPD says the last time the victim was seen was at 1:40 a.m Thursday. His body was found about five hours later.

Anyone who witnessed an accident, a suspicious vehicle, or a reckless driver in the area of 41 and Lynch Road between the hours of 1:40 and 6:45 Thursday morning -- or has any more information on the incident – is urged to call the Evansville Police Department at 812-436-7979.