OXFORD — A Portland-based engineering company has donated $1,000 to the cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible the March hit-and-run in Paris that killed a Turner teen.

Xavier Fuentes, 16, was found by a passing motorist on an unlit stretch of Route 117 sometime before 8:30 p.m. March 15. In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, friends and family members offered a $1,500 reward for information about who was responsible for Fuentes’ death.

On Thursday, the reward grew by $1,000, when Oxford selectmen accepted a donation from the Woodard and Curran engineering firm, the company responsible for designing the town’s proposed sewer system.

Fuentes’ mother, Sheila Cole, is an employee at the Oxford Town Office.

So far, the enticement of a reward has not broken the case. The Paris Police Department has been investigating the hit-and-run for more than a month, but has yet to identify a possible suspect.

Two people of interest identified by police shortly after the fatal crash were later cleared by investigators.

Fuentes was attending a movie at Flagship Cinema in Oxford with family members earlier in the evening but left the theater and began walking to his grandparents’ home in Turner.

Police believe he was struck by a truck or SUV near the intersection of Brett Hill Road, a short distance west of downtown South Paris and about four miles from the movie theater.  

Anyone with information or possible leads is asked to call the Paris Police Department at 207-743-7448 or email [email protected].


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