Father's Day plea for Justine
Father's Day should be a celebration, but for the father of Justine Swartz Abshire, a young woman who died on a winding country road in Orange County in November 2006, the apparent victim of a hit and run, the holiday is a bitter reminder that his daughter's death remains an unsolved crime.
In March, police revealed Justine's massive injuries were not consistent with a hit and run.
"We don't feel she was standing in the road," said Special Agent Mike Jones of Virginia State Police, citing an absence of "strike points," leg injuries that correspond to a car or truck's bumper.
Yesterday, Steven Swartz posted a letter on a memorial website, directly addressing the those responsible for her death.
"To my Daughter's killer(s) and anyone else who may know what happened: you still have a chance to do the right thing and, in doing it, gain some measure of redemption. If you remain silent, then at best, guilt and misery will be your only legacy," he writes. "It will infect you and the lives of those around you for generations to come."
The investigation remains "very active" according to state police, and the $50,000 reward still stands.
"I will not go away, and I will never give up," writes Swartz. "That's my promise to Justine."