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DMPD identifies victim in fatal hit-and-run, search continues for suspect

Anyone with information should contact DMPD or CrimeStoppers of Central Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Police have identified 32-year-old Des Moines resident William “Cody” Kline as the man killed in a hit-and-run early Wednesday morning.

The Des Moines Police Department is still searching for the suspect, and is asking anyone with information about the crash or the identity of the driver to call 515-323-8370. You can also submit anonymous tips through CrimeStoppers at 515-223-1400, or online here. DMPD said reward funds are available.

Police said they have located the car believed to be involved in the incident.

DMPD said the crash occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. Officers responded to calls of a pedestrian being hit by a car at the 700 block of East MLK Jr. Parkway.

First responders arrived to find Kline with serious injuries. He later died at the hospital.

East MLK Jr. Parkway westbound between Southeast 7th Street and Southeast 8th Street has since reopened.

Sgt. Paul Parizek with DMPD told Local 5 a lot of questions remained unanswered following the incident, like who the driver of the car was. 

"This isn't just a traffic crash this is a serious crime. So we're going to investigate it like we would any other serious crime," Parizek said. "There's a lot of pieces that we've got to put together right now there's a lot of technical evidence that needs to be examined."

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