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Police: We'll investigate Paris hit and run until it's solved

PARIS (WGME) -- Two persons of interest have been cleared in the hit and run death of a Turner teenager.

Xavier Fuentes, 16, was killed on the night of March 15 while walking home along Route 117 in Paris.

There's been no break in a case that's frustrating police, and Fuentes' family members, who are desperately seeking closure.
      
Paris Police Chief Michael Madden said one of the two persons of interest was involved in a nearby crash the same night, but their vehicle damage and alibi ruled them out.

The second person was questioned, he said, after being overheard talking about the crash, but had a strong alibi that could be backed up by surveillance.

"(It's) frustrating right now, I think being in a rural area like this has a lot to do with not as many eyes," said Madden.

Tips are still coming in every day, said Madden, some from law enforcement officers statewide who are keeping an eye out for damaged vehicles and late accident reports.

Madden said forensic evidence only lasts so long, so the more days that go by, the more difficult the investigation becomes.

"I mean it's a 16-year-old," he said. "Everyone has children, you know, it's a real problem for this community. This is a tight community."

Police are still turning to the public and pleading with the driver to help crack the case.

"We're giving the opportunity for the person to come in here and give us their side of the story, because if we have to come find them, it sheds a darker light on it.," said Madden.

The funeral for Xavier Fuentes was held last weekend. On Wednesday, his sister Talisha Lara said the family was extremely grateful for all police are doing, and continue to hope the person responsible will come forward.

Anyone with information should contact the Paris Police Department at 207-743-7448.