COCOA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A spokesperson with the Florida Highway Patrol says troopers have located a vehicle believed to have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident on Monday morning. The 1998 Jeep Cherokee was found after authorities received an anonymous tip. Investigators noted damage to the Jeep that is consistent with damage to a car that struck and killed jogger Jason Rodeghier.
"The vehicle has left-front damage consistent with this crash. The vehicle has been secured by FHP and will be processed to confirm through physical evidence that this is in fact the vehicle involved," said Sgt. Kim Montes. "At this time, due to an ongoing investigation, we are not releasing the location of where the vehicle was found."
Rodeghier's body was discovered by a neighbor who was driving along Satellite Blvd. near Dean Road. "I noticed the body, backed up and yelled and dialed 911," explained the neighbor. "I just saw him laying there; someone hit him and knocked him in the ditch."
Troopers say the 39-year-old man was jogging when a driver hit him. They say family members went looking for him when he didn't return home. "We know this is a hit-and-run, based on parts of the vehicle we've located at the scene," said Montes.
Sgt. Montes says any evidence gathered will be turned over the Florida Department of Law Enforcement labs.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Florida Highway Patrol.