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Iron Range family fundraising to help find answers after son died in 2016 hit and run

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VIRGINIA, MN -- An Iron Range family is holding a fundraiser Sunday to help increase a reward and hopefully find answers five years after their loved one was killed in a hit and run crash.

Scotty Christensen was 24-years-old when his body was found on the side of Highway 100 in Aurora on October 2, 2016.

"We know that it was a vehicle that hit him, but at this point, we have not been able to identify a vehicle or any suspects," said Sgt. Steve Borchers with St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.

Christensen's family is not only hoping for answers but also looking for a way to celebrate his life.

They're hosting a chili cookout and motorcycle ride on Sunday at Olcott Park in Virginia.

"[We're] Trying to still keep the word out because we don't have any answers and for the reward and reward activities and we want to raise money for some scholarships," said Rita Licari, Christensen's mom.

Those scholarships are for those looking to enter the welding or blacksmith industry which was something Christensen had a passion for.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is hopeful keeping Scotty's case in people's minds will lead to some answers.

"It's very difficult as an investigator who wants to come to a conclusion on something like this and get closure for the family," said Sgt. Borchers. "To be able to tell them we don't have anything to go on right now."

For Licari, she'll keep searching for answers, while she keeps her son's memory alive.

"It's been long enough, it's hard enough," she said. "It's hard to move on when you don't have the answers."

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the St. Louis County Sherriff's office.
For more information on this weekend's, event click here.

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Emma Quinn

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