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Mother of apparent Boring hit and run victim: “Do the right thing and turn yourself in”

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Katherine Rusk, courtesy of her family. Katherine Rusk, courtesy of her family.
Katherine Rusk in high school, courtesy of her family. Katherine Rusk in high school, courtesy of her family.
Katherine Rusk, courtesy of her family. Katherine Rusk, courtesy of her family.
The post Katherine's sister, Mary, posted on Facebook. Used with permission from her family. The post Katherine's sister, Mary, posted on Facebook. Used with permission from her family.
BORING, OR (KPTV) -

The mother of a woman whose body was found on the side of a busy road in Boring has a message for whoever may have hit and killed her daughter: “Do the right thing and turn yourself in.”

Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said the body of Katherine Rusk, 38, was found along SE 282nd Avenue near Haley Road in Boring Thursday morning.

They believe she was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

“We’re really upset about this, just hitting her and leaving her laying there to die.  I hope they find the person or persons,” Rusk’s mother, Debra Cooper, said.  “It’s just mind-boggling how someone could do that to another human being.  I just – I don’t understand.”

Cooper said Rusk grew up in Astoria, was one of three children and had two children herself.  She described her daughter as loud, funny and goofy, and spoke with her on the phone just a few days ago.

Her boyfriend in Lincoln City had given her a bus ticket, according to her mother, but she had no reason to be in Boring.

“What was she doing out there or where was she going? I don’t know,” Cooper added.  “I still can’t believe she’s gone.”

Her family said Rusk was in and out of jail for years, dealing with alcohol addiction and wasn’t ready to accept the help her family offered her.

But she didn’t deserve to die.

“I loved her,” her mother said in tears. “I wish she was still here.”

Rusk’s sister, Mary, posted photos of Katherine on Facebook, with the words: “My sister has passed today. She will be missed. Love you sis.”

“As a Christian, I could forgive [the driver]. They just have to forgive themselves, whoever did this to her,” Cooper added. “Do the right thing and turn yourself in.”

Investigators want to know about any vehicles that may have been in the area with fresh, unexplained damage.  If you know anything that can help, call the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 503-723-4949.

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