By Nicholas Grube
Triplicate staff writer
The Lacy family needs closure. Every day they struggle to accept the death of their 15-year-old son, Josh, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in January.
But before they can cope with their loss and move on, the Lacys and an entire community need an answer to the question: Who killed Josh Lacy?
"We want to know what happened," said Carlene Lacy, Josh's mother. "We can't heal if it's here everyday. And his death is here everyday."
So in an effort to ease the heartache and put an end to the doubt, the Lacy family is adding $10,000 to a reward fund set up to find the person who hit Josh and left him to die on that cold January morning.
"It's hard for us to do this because it's like we're paying for honesty," Carlene said. "We're paying for something that people should just do anyway. But we want closure."
California Highway Patrol is still searching for the person that killed Josh but as of yet hasn't had any luck.
"We're still getting leads, and we're actively following up on them," Lt. Commander Don Jordan said, adding that the latest tip received came on Wednesday.
Since the beginning of the investigation, California Highway Patrol has created more than 100 pages of follow-up reports in addition to the original incident, Jordan said. But, "All of the leads, so far, have turned out to be negative."
Jordan said he hopes that the $10,000 reward will help to break the case.
"We always have high expectations. It's just unfortunate that nobody's come forward at this point," he said. "Everybody wants this guy caught."
But until law enforcement finds the person responsible for Josh's death or somebody comes forward, Carlene and her family continue to pray for answers.
"One day we're going to have a lot to smile about," Carlene said. "It won't be laughs, but at least we'll be smiling."
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