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No leads in 2013 death of Apex man walking from Raleigh bar

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Vandemerwe with his mother Vandemerwe with his mother
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Raleigh Police Department has exhausted all leads and tips in a high-profile case from August 2013, when an Apex man was hit on a ramp to the Raleigh Beltline.

Weston Vandemerwe was last seen Aug. 10 at Raleigh’s Oxford Bar on Fayetteville Street and friends and family frantically searched for him when he didn’t turn up.

On Aug. 13, his body was found just off westbound I-40 near Hammond Road by a Department of Transportation crew.

Nearly a year has passed since his death, and Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Friday that police have no leads on what happened.

“We just don’t know. They [the police] have run down all the information, all the tips they had, all the evidence from the scene,” Sughrue said. “None of it led them to a particular driver or vehicle.”

Police had hoped that some vehicle parts near the accident would have yielded some clues as to who hit Vandemerwe.

But Sughrue said there was nothing that led police to the driver of the vehicle that hit Vandemerwe.

“They have run it down as much as they can. I don’t know anything else they can do on that,” Sughrue said. “They’ve run down all the leads they have.”

Sughrue said there is a “wide range” of possibilities. For example, Vandemerwe could have been hit by a drunk driver, or by the driver of a large truck who didn’t realize the truck had hit a pedestrian.

“We just don’t know,” Sughrue said.

Sughrue said two other hit-and-runs remain unresolved as well.

On Aug. 3, 2013, Dwight Emory Smith Jr. was found lying on the pavement near Pettigrew Street and New Bern Avenue. The incident happened at 9:44 p.m., and police are still hoping to solve the case.

Sughrue said that this coming Aug. 3, police plan to hand out fliers at the spot, hoping it will jog someone’s memory about what happened.

“That one, there were other people around,’ Sughrue said. “ The hope there is maybe somebody we haven’t reached yet may have seen something.”

Also unresolved is an incident from the spring of 2013, when Brian John Moore of Raleigh was hit from behind while riding a motor scooter on Western Boulevard. Moore went to WakeMed with serious injuries but survived.

Sughrue said the Raleigh Police welcome help on solving the cases. The public can call 919-834-HELP with any information.

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