Family seeks cell phone picture that could solve son's murder

Family seeks cell phone picture that could solve son's murder

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - In a world where everyone captures everything on cell phone photos and videos, one family is hoping someone took a New Year's photo on their phone that will help catch their son's killer.

It's been two months since a Omaha man was killed on New Year's Day in New Orleans, miles from his home. His family is hoping a Mid-South sports fan holds the photo to put the killer in prison.

Josh Woodruff was struck by a black sedan and dragged to death.

Described as a man with countless friends who put others and God before himself, his family is hoping a photo on a cell phone will help catch his killer.

"That's where we just break down because this is not what you ever imagine for your kids," Josh's mother Caren Woodruff said.

Caren's son Josh was dragged six miles through the French Quarter and found dead in the street. She said the worst part of it was not having a marker or a memorial to go to where she could grieve her son.

"Not having him here made it more unreal. We didn't have any crash site to go to, anything to see," his father said.

Josh's killer remains at large, while his family is hoping in spite of the large amount of surveillance video available, someone has a photo that will crack the case.

Despite 60 surveillance cameras, police have been unable to get a clear picture of the license plate associated with the car that killed Josh.

"A letter, anything would be helpful," Caren said.

Surrounded by pictures of Josh, reminders of a life taken, they wonder if someone snapped a picture on a phone that will put a killer behind bars.

At a time when the city was filled with people celebrating the new year and fans from Ole Miss and Oklahoma State in town for the Sugar Bowl, one family said they will not stop searching until they know who took the life of a son who sent such a heartwarming text message. It's a text message they said is reflective of the life he always lived.

"Before the night gets going I just want you to know how ridiculously thankful I am for you," Josh wrote.

"And, so I responded back and said, 'We're so thankful for the life you bring to us and to our family. Stay safe," Caren said.

It's their first and last memory of Josh in 2016.

"He was very relationship-ly focused. He was very gifted in terms of building relationships. You just knew he was thinking of you," Caren said.

Caren said police have been constantly working the case and updating her weekly. The FBI are also helping investigate.

"He knew his maker and he's in heaven and he's happy."

Anyone who has a photo or information regarding the black sedan that struck and killed Josh is asked to call the New Orleans Crime Stoppers at 504-837-8477.

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