Witnesses give police leads in fatal hit-and-run

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UPDATE: Portland police now believe the suspect vehicle in this hit-and-run is black in color. They are now looking for a black Honda Accord sedan with hood and windshield damage. Originally, they were looking for a dark green car.

Police also say there is bondo or some other kind of car-repair material on the car, leading them to believe that the car had been previously repaired.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Police said Monday that based on tips, they are looking for a late 1990s to early 2000s Honda Accord sedan that is dark green in color that may have been involved in a deadly hit-and-run over the weekend.

A woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash late Saturday night. Around 11:20 p.m., police got a call that a body had been found on West Burnside Street near Southwest Tichner Drive.

When officers arrived they found a woman's body in the road and police later determined that she had been the victim of a hit-and-run.

Based on information police have received from witnesses, they believe the car that was involved has damage to the front hood as if a body landed on it, and the windshield on the driver’s side is shattered.

According to witnesses, police say the occupants of the car were two young women in their late 20s and have blond hair. They were wearing baseball caps with possibly the Timbers logo.

They were spotted arguing in the parking lot of a QFC not far the the scene. They were described as shorter and "thicker," according to police.

Paige works near the QFC, and late Saturday night she says she saw the two women police are trying to find.

"They were getting out of their car – locking their car and arguing and wandering down - there's a median down there where there's grass," she said. "But when I was pulling out, they didn't seem to be going anywhere. They were hanging out down by the sidewalk."

She says the women had blond hair and were decked out in Timbers' gear.

"They looked drunk, and they were arguing, and I couldn't hear what they were saying. They were just walking all up and down this area not seemingly going anywhere – just kind of arguing."

At this point, police do not know who the victim is. According to police, the woman, believed to be in her 40s, was 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed 160 pounds. She had short black hair and brown eyes. She was wearing all dark clothing, wore no jewelry and had no tattoos.

A check of her fingerprints turned up nothing as well as a check to see if she was a missing person.

Police say she didn't appear to be a jogger, homeless or connected to the neighborhood where she was found.

Anyone with information that can help in the case is asked to call Officer Erik Koppang at (503) 545-3849 or contact him by email.

KATU News reporter Anita Kissée contributed to this report.