WASHINGTON TWP. (CBS Detroit) – A $1,000 reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers of Michigan for tips about the hit and run crash that killed Sandra Lee Loepp.
The body of Loepp, 37, was spotted by a passing motorist Sunday, Dec. 16, in the parking lot of the Washington Mobile Home Park, near Van Dyke and 28 Mile Road, in Washington Township.
Police say she had left Santino’s Bar at 1 a.m., and got only about a half-mile before she was struck. Macomb County Sheriff’s officials said an investigation revealed she was walking northbound on either the shoulder or the roadway of Old Van Dyke when she was hit and dragged to her death.
Investigators believe car that struck Loepp, the mother of five children, will have damage to the front end as well as the passenger side of the vehicle.
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said some small bits of evidence were collected at the scene, but they didn’t give investigators much information.
Loepp’s sister, Kelly Smalley, said she believes the reward offering will help them find the killer.
“I don’t think we can move on until we find out who did this and get some answers. I mean, I don’t think we can begin to heal, at all, until we know,” she said.
A $1,000 reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers for information that leads to an arrest. If the tip that leads to an arrest is received by midnight Dec. 28, there is an additional $1,000 reward for a total of $2,000.
To submit a tip to Crime Stoppers, call 1-800 SPEAK-UP. You can also submit a tip online at www.1800speakup.org, or text “CSM” and your tip to CRIMES (274637).
Smalley and Loepp’s other siblings have also set up the Justice for Sandra Loepp Facebook page and a separate reward fund for tips leading to her killer. Anyone who would like to contribute to the reward fund can mail donations to: PO BOX 296, Memphis, Michigan 48041.
A fundraiser event has been planned for Wednesday, January 9 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Washington Twp (8669 26 Mile Rd.). 20% of purchases accompanied by this certificate will be donated to the Sandra Loepp Family.