Driver that hit, killed Aberdeen woman likely drove van

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by DREW MIKKELSEN KING 5 News

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Posted on December 9, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 6:58 PM

ABERDEEN, Wash. -- The driver involved in a hit-and-run that left an Aberdeen mother dead was likely driving a Chevrolet van, according to investigators.

Another driver spotted Katrina Rugg's body in a ditch along Highway 12 west of Aberdeen last Tuesday.

"She would go out of her way to help people if they needed it," said Anita Tharp, Rugg's mother.

Tharp said Rugg had a history of drug use and arrests in California and was trying to start her life over in Washington.

Rugg was last seen leaving Tharp's Aberdeen home. She was planning on hitch-hiking to a boyfriend's house in Kitsap County. Her family wants to know what happened and they want the driver punished.

"It's hell, period," said Tharp.

The state patrol said debris found at the scene suggests the vehicle was a Chevy van commonly known as a "contractor's" van built between 2003 and 2011. Investigators are trying to determine the color of the van.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Washington State Patrol Detective Rodney Green at 360-473-0148.

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