Authorities ask for Your Help in Finding a Deadly Hit and Run Suspect

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – The Covington Police Department in Georgia are now asking for your help, after a 65-year-old woman in their area became the victim of a purse-snatch that quickly turned into a brutal hit-and-run.

"We found that this lady had in fact been run over by a car," said Detective Jerry Roberts, with Covington P.D., "She’d been drug a distance by an offender who was trying to steal her purse."

Marsha Johnson lost her life in the Walmart parking lot, on Industrial Blvd, Monday night, after a man approached her and grabbed her purse. And when she tried to fight back, he dragged her away from her car and onto the pavement.

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"While leaving he backed over here, pulled up, backed up, and ran over her several times," said Roberts, "It was obvious by looking at the car, he had to have known he was running over her."

Johnson died on scene, but just 12 hours after her death detectives got a major break in the case, thanks to a Good Samaritan working in Chattanooga. "On Tuesday morning, about 7:30 an employee here at Koch Foods, LLC was walking a path, here to my right headed, into work and he spotted a credit card," explained Roberts.

Local authorities immediately called the Covington Police Department, who immediately drove more than two hours to Chattanooga searching for the suspects. Roberts says because of where the card was found, he felt like the person who dropped it could possibly work for Koch Foods, and probably didn’t even know they dropped it.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 5 feet 10 inches, 250 to 300 pounds, and in his late 20s to early 30s. A white female was also scene in the passenger’s seat that night. Detectives urge those who may come across anyone fitting that description to dial 911 immediately.

"We can’t do this on our own," said Roberts, "(His) vehicle, it’s a silver, late 90s-98 to 2002 Honda Accord. It has noticeable damage, and once you see that damage I believe you could remember it for a long time to come."

According to Roberts an incident, similar to the one that took Johnson’s life, happened in St. George, SC. He believes the two could be connected.

The Covington Police Department also thanks Koch Foods, LLC for all of the help and cooperation offered during this investigation.