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(Posted 8:30 a.m., Aug. 12)
A year later Michael Morlang's killer still at large
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Kathy Morlang and her husband Brian Visneskie take a moment to reflect on the hit-and-run death of Michael Morlang one year ago this week. Sarah Anderson/CFRA photo

Somewhere out there, somewhere in the great expanse that is Canada, the person who drove the car that ran over and killed Michael Morlang on Frank Kenny Road in the early morning hours of August 11, 2013, is going to bed every night safe in the knowledge that they haven't been caught -- yet.

Kathy Morlang isn't able to enjoy the same luxury. She hasn't had a good night's sleep since her son was killed one year ago, the day before he was to celebrate his 31st birthday.

"And I don't think it gets easier, I think I miss him more and more every day. I miss his hugs, I miss his smile," Kathy says.

At some point today, on what should have been his 32nd birthday, Kathy Morlang will release 32 balloons in the sky above the spot where he was killed.

Today the spot is marked by a small memorial which Kathy often visits with her husband Brian Visneskie. Each time she prays that the person behind the wheel of the car that took her son's life will turn themselves in to police. Short of that, she continues to hope that someone with knowledge of the car or the driver will come forward with information tht will help solve the year-long mystery.

In a recent interview with CFRA, Kathy made a direct appeal to the driver who she feels might be suffering as well.

"I don't hate you. I may learn to forgive you. But please come forward so that you also have closure and that you can also learn to move on with your life because I am sure it is also difficult on (you) too," she told the radio station.

Investigators have reason to believe the vehicle that struck and killed Morlang was burgundy in colour and either a 1997-1998, or 2003-2010 GM make.

They're asking anyone with information to call Det. Nigel Emaman at 613-236-1222, ext. 2481 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS).

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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