MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A little more than a year ago, Katrina Vernon and Alabama state troopers stood around the roadside signs they had hoped would solve a mystery in Tallapoosa County; who ran over and killed Chris Vernon and why. It was a hit and run.
"They took a whole life away," Katrina Vernon said at the time of her husband.
Today, Katrina and her family are back at the same site, replanting the same signs that were tossed in the ditch and putting in a new cross, replacing the old one that was thrown away.
"These signs had information that could help us with who is responsible for Chris' death and I feel like whoever did this disrespected us," said Katrina Vernon.
In Katrina's mind this is a case of a wound that won't heal. So far no closure in the death of Chris Vernon who was walking home on Tallapoosa County Road 34 when he was struck. And now the mere fact that someone would uproot the signs that could in theory solve the 2-year old hit and run case.
The signs have Chris Vernon's picture on them and a brief sentence explaining when and where he died and a couple of phone numbers; one to state troopers and the other to Vernon's family.
If you take a closer look, you can see whoever pulled up the small billboards at first tried to cut them down.
"This brings it back all over again," said Katrina Vernon.
With the signs back upright and a new cross, Katrina Vernon concedes to mounting frustrations over the fact there's been no break in Chris Vernon's death but no loss of hope. Katrina Vernon still believes the answer just might be around the corner.
Troopers, meantime, tell WSFA 12 News they believe a gold Mazda Millennia was involved in the hit and run because they found part of a bumper matching that kind of car.
Records from 2006 show 21 people died from hit-and-run drivers.