Family of hit-and-run victim pleads for culprits to come forward

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A local family is hoping someone does the right thing for their loved one who was hit and killed in a car crash.

It's been nearly two weeks and police still don't know who hit Nancy Schoeffler and left her to die. There are, however, some clues as to who is responsible and now there is a $1,000 reward offered to track the person or people down.

Schoeffler's family has been in shock the last couple of weeks after her death. Beyond dealing with that, they've had to live with the uncertainty of who killed her and then fled the scene of the accident in Northwest Portland.

"There's absolutely nothing we can do bring her back," said Liz Callow, Schoeffler's friend. "She lived strongly in the hearts and spirits of her family and the community."

Schoeffler, 63, lived in Northwest Portland and was just out for her routine walk at around 11:20 p.m. March 31. Around that same time, witnesses saw two women arguing in the parking lot of the QFC on Southwest Barnes and Miller -- a couple miles west of where Schoeffler was hit.

"She thinks God loves everyone the same way," said Jennifer Braphovde, Schoeffler's sister. "The people who hit her have to deal with it and if they deal with it in the right way, they will be at peace. I think that's how she would think about them."

Schoeffler took care of elderly people, most recently two 95-year-old twins. It was a job she carried out with utmost compassion, making her clients feel like family. Her own family said those responsible for her death should do the right thing -- not for Schoeffler, not for her family, but for themselves.

"I just think it would be closure, but at the same time, my mom would not want whoever did this to live with those negative energies in their body for the rest of their lives and I think that's what she would want would be to find their own peace as well," said Nancy Schoeffler's daughter Solara.

Family members said they're doing their best to keep this news from the elderly twins Schoeffler took care of. Police said people can contact CrimeStoppers if they know anything about the crash. Even the smallest bit of information, police said, would help.

Police said the vehicle involved is a late 1990s black Honda Accord sedan. It had damage to the hood and front windshield. Two blond, white women in their mid- to late-20s were inside and police have described them as both short and stocky who wore baseball caps with Timbers logos on them.