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Hit-and-run suspect’s family speaks out

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Evidence continues to pop up in an Athens hit-and-run case that critically injured Kennesaw State student Emily Bowman.

Police said they know who the suspect is that is believed to have hit her while she was walking along a street in Athens, but they aren't quite ready to make an arrest.

Authorities still aren't releasing the name of the suspect, so to protect the investigation we aren't either, but we did speak briefly with a family member of that person.  It's something police haven't done yet.

Police said they've been working the case nonstop from the very beginning, almost two weeks ago. 

Officers said the truck was full of beer bottles when they found it. The problem has been determining who was behind the wheel.

More than 30 people have been questioned, including a new one Wednesday morning.

"The stuff we learned today involved his whereabouts after the collision, which is a significant part of the investigation we have wanted to get covered and we learned that info today," said Lt. Don Eckert with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

They've also been going through surveillance video from multiple locations, trying to put together a better timeline. 

"We have hours and hours worth of different videos and it takes time to watch all of them from start to finish to see if what we're looking for is there," said Eckert.

As for the suspect and his family, police said they continue to not cooperate.

So we went to the house trying to find out why.

A family member of the suspect told us they are cooperating and they even offered to bring him in three separate times, but police told them the warrant wasn't ready.

"We're not building a case to make an arrest.  Our purpose of building the case is for a conviction, and that's what we're heading towards now is to get that conviction, not just making arrest for the sake of making an arrest," said Eckert.

As for Bowman, the woman said they are heartbroken and that they are in constant prayer for Bowman's recovery.

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