Moss Point Police searching for vehicle after fatal hit-and-run

Beige 2003 Cadillac Escalade suspected in death investigation

Moss Point Police searching for vehicle after fatal hit-and-run
Residents report a heavy police presence on Bellview Avenue after a pedestrian was hit Thursday morning and died. Police are still looking for the vehicle and driver involved. (Source: Viewer submitted photo)

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point Police are looking for the driver and vehicle suspected of killing a woman Thursday morning.

According to Police Chief Brandon Ashley, the victim was walking in the 3100 block of Bellview Avenue when a vehicle struck her. The victim was a 58-year-old Betty J. Vaughans of Moss Point.

Police confirmed that Vaughans both lived and worked on Bellview Street as she owned a business on the 3100 block.

Chief Ashley is asking the public for help in finding the victim’s 2003 beige Cadillac Escalade. The woman’s family reported to police that the vehicle is missing. It’s not clear at this time if it was the vehicle used in the hit-and-run. However, authorities are looking for it in connection to the death investigation. The vehicle has a Mississippi state license plate that is personalized with the letters “UGOBJ."

The beige 2003 Cadillac Escalade believed to have hit a pedestrian in Moss Point looks like this one, say police. This is not an actual photo of the vehicle involved.
The beige 2003 Cadillac Escalade believed to have hit a pedestrian in Moss Point looks like this one, say police. This is not an actual photo of the vehicle involved. (Source: Photo MPPD)

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this vehicle or its driver is asked to contact Moss Point Police Department at 228-475-1711. You may also contact Crime Stoppers at 800-787-5898 or visit the Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers website at mscoastcrimestoppers.com.

Moss Point High School and the city’s police and fire departments are located on the east end of the street. The hit-and-run happened on the other end of the road, west of Griffin Street. People who live in the mostly residential area tell us that there is a heavy police presence in the neighborhood as officers actively search for the vehicle involved.

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