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Hendersonville police giving new look at 20-year-old cold case

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Hendersonville police are using a billboard to help them crack a case that's been cold for more than 20 years. The police department is looking into the hit-and-run that killed an 8-year-old boy.

There's new evidence investigators believe just may help them finally solve the case.

Brandon Green was outside playing basketball with friends on Savely Avenue when a car struck and killed him on May 1, 1992.

"Most of the time, the first 24 hours is crucial. We did roadblocks, we did setups. We tried everything," said Denny Coursey, who is with the Hendersonville Police Department.

More than two decades later, the boy's parents have approached Police Chief Mickey Miller, knowing his passion for cold case investigation.

"Their concern was closure and finding answers in the death of their son. Chief Miller committed to them that we would reopen the case as a cold case and work it," Coursey said.

So a billboard showing the boy's face and details on the case greets motorists in Hendersonville with the goal of possibly jogging a memory.

Already, police have determined something new in the case.

Green was shooting baskets when witnesses said he was either on the curb or a step into the street when he was hit. But that doesn't make as much of a difference as the car that hit him. That is the one piece of evidence that has changed in the past 21 years.

"We actually found a younger witness, who was a child at the time also, who said the car was red and had a black top. According to the TBI lab, it looks like red was the color that was recovered. We believe it was a red, midsize car with a black top. It had shiny wheels at the time and possibly had a blue vanity-type plate," Coursey said.

So, for more than 20 years, investigators had been looking for a blue car. Now, perhaps the clue that it was a red car with a black top will make a difference in the memories of people who may be able to help crack the case.

If you know anything about the hit-and-run that killed Brandon Green, call Hendersonville police.

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