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Police: Truck in deadly hit-and-run found, owner not cooperating

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The owner of a white pickup truck towed away as evidence in a hit-and-run where two women were killed is not cooperating with the investigation, according to Vancouver police.

Vancouver police detectives searched for the pickup in the days following Sunday night's hit-and-run, and they found it in the garage of an apartment complex at 7609 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., according to police.

They served a search warrant Tuesday night and hauled it away to process evidence.

Detectives made contact with the registered owner of the pickup and several other people, but they're not receiving cooperation in their investigation, the police department said.

Police said the pickup's owner and several other people may have been at a home in the 9900 block of Northwest 26th Avenue in Vancouver on Sunday, where they were watching the NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. The game started at 3:30 p.m., ended by 6:50 p.m., and the crash happened around 8 p.m.

A man who answered the door in a home on the block in question declined to give his name, but said he may know someone involved but didn't want to speculate.

Other neighbors are trying to recall whether they saw anything that might help police determine the pickup's whereabouts.

"I hope somebody can find out what's needed (by police)," said neighbor Naomi Milton. "It's too frightening to know that (something like the deadly crash) is happening, and it's so sad for somebody to lose their lives over foolishness."

Another address that police consider of interest is the 8700 block of Northeast 27th Avenue, where the registered owner of the pickup and some friends may have gone after the game.

Anyone who may be able to help detectives fill in the timeline is asked to call the tip line at 360-487-7402 or leave a tip online at crimestoppersoforegon.com.

The fatal hit-and-run killed two mothers, Raisa Mosh, 45, and Irina Gardinant, 28. They were walking in a crosswalk with Mosh's 12-year-old son at around 8 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses said a pickup heading south on Northeast 72nd Avenue turned onto Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive at a high rate of speed and crashed into the two women.

Mosh died at the scene and Gardinant was rushed to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Family members said the 12-year-old suffered minor injuries.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

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