For the past 14 years, Lucas Shortrid’s family has been searching for answers to the question of who killed him.
“Anniversaries over the past 14 years have been tough,” said Janine Beatty, Shortrid’s sister. “Thanksgiving has always been a tough one since the accident happened over Thanksgiving weekend.”
Beatty said her brother’s absence is especially noticeable on special occasions.
“My wedding, he wasn’t there and he didn’t date my daughter,” she said.
Shortrid was only 18 years old when he died in a hit-and-run.
On October 10, 2008, he left a party in Alma, Ontario. and was walking down 17 Wellington Road when he was hit by a car that fled the scene.
From the start, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) believed they knew what car it was, but over the past 14 years they have been unable to return it.
“Having a lot of unanswered questions about what happened that night left wounds longer than if we had more information or we could take stock,” Beatty said.
But on Wednesday, nearly a decade and a half after Shortrid’s death, there was a breakthrough.
Police raided a house in the town of Mapleton, just a few miles from where Shortreed was killed in 2008.
The police filed charges against two people and seized the vehicle.
Pictures taken by neighbors and provided to CTV News show the address being checked by the police.
Dave Halliburton, 55, was charged with not stopping at the scene of an accident that resulted in bodily injury and complicity after the fact.
Anastasia Halliburton, 53, was charged with ex post facto complicity and obstruction of justice.
On Thursday, the couple appeared in court for the first time.
“To find out this news, of course, was quite shocking,” said Judy Moore, Shortrid’s mother. “Really, there are no words to describe this feeling.”
“My first reaction was that it was a little unbelievable,” Beatty said. “After 14 years, you know, the hope is that someone will come forward with some information that will lead to an arrest.”
“There is a certain sense of relief that the car has been found,” she said.
The family said that over the past 14 years, they have never given up hope of getting answers to questions about Shortrid’s death.
“The community has been supportive for the past 14 years with billboards and people who really tried to give advice that they sincerely thought would lead to an arrest,” Beatty said.
“I think we’ll probably have a lot more determination this Thanksgiving this year than we’ve had in the past 14 years.”