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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — It’s been nearly 16 years since a hit-and-run driver killed a 30-year-old man in Cumberland County.  The case has not been solved, but Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is making an effort to generate new tips in the cold case.

Rusty Aurand, 30, was struck around 10 p.m. on Oct. 31, 1999 along the 100 block of West Main Street in Mechanicsburg. The driver fled the scene and has never been identified.

Police believe the suspect’s vehicle was a late 1980’s or early 1990’s version of the Dodge Daytona or a similar type vehicle. The car was dark in color, possibly reddish or maroon, with retractable (the flip-up type) headlights.

Investigators hope the new publicity will trigger a witness’ memory or ideally the hit-and-run driver’s conscious.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-478-8477. Tips can be anonymous and callers could be eligible for a cash reward.