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Posted: Monday, 08 July 2013 8:54PM

Car in deadly hit-and-run found, NOPD says



The NOPD has reportedly found the white Porsche believed to have been involved in a fatal I-10 hit and run that left a police officer dead.  A police spokesman says officers located the vehicle which struck and killed Officer Rodney Thomas early Sunday morning at a mid-city body shop.

UPDATE:  NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas says officers have located 28-year-old Kenneth Halley, a "person of interest" in the incident.

In a Monday evening news conference, Serpas said more than 100 tips had come into Crimestoppers about the incident, and that there had been "a web of deception" surrounding the case.  Serpas said there may be "several" arrests related to the case.

Thomas joined the NOPD in the spring of 2005. Early Sunday morning, police say he was involved in a minor traffic accident on the I-10 high rise while on his way home from his beat -- and as he was walking up to the other vehicle to speak with the other motorist, he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says it's a loss to the department.

"Officer Thomas is exactly what we were looking for to turn this police department around," the chief said.  "He is going to be incredibly missed by his family...and certainly the people of New Orleans and this police department."

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