For the past 14 years, Lucas Shortreed’s family has been searching for answers to who killed him.
“The last 14 years of festivals have been tough,” said Jenneen Beattie, Shortreed’s sister. “Thanksgiving has always been tough since the accident happened on Thanksgiving weekend.”
Beattie said her brother’s absence was noticeable even at special events.
He said: “My marriage is not there, and he has never met my daughter.
Shortreed was just 18 years old when he was killed in a hit and run.
On October 10, 2008, he passed away in Alma, Ontario. and was walking down Wellington Road 17 when he was hit by a vehicle that fled the scene.
From the start, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) believed they knew the vehicle involved, but over the past 14 years, they have not been able to recover it.
“Having so many unanswered questions around what happened that night has left more wounds than we’ve ever had more information or been able to wrap up,” Beattie said.
But on Wednesday — nearly a decade and a half after Shortreed’s death — there was a breakthrough in the case.
Police conducted a search at the home in Mapleton Township, just a few miles from where Shortreed was killed in 2008.
Officers charged two people and took a vehicle.
Pictures taken by neighbors and provided to CTV News show a small white car at the address being investigated by police.
Dave Halliburton, 55, was charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury and accessory after the fact.
Anastasia Halliburton, 53, was charged with accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice.
The pair made their first court appearances Thursday.
“My first reaction was that it was a little unbelievable,” Beattie said. “After 14 years, you know, hopefully someone will come forward with some kind of information that leads to an arrest.”
He said: “There is a definite sense of relief that the car has been found.
The family said after 14 years, they have not given up hope that they will get answers to Shortreed’s death.
“The community has been supportive in the last 14 years, with the papers and people really trying to give tips that they really think will lead to an arrest,” Beattie said.
“I think we’re going to have a lot more resolution this year on Thanksgiving that we haven’t had in the last 14 years.”