The search continues for a hit and run driver, who struck and killed seven-year-old Nathan Allen Denham on Tuesday night, February 9th, 2010, as he was crossing State Route 141 near the Methodist Church in Hartsville, Tennessee.The son of Mr. Marvin and Mrs. Christina Denham of Hartsville, the young boy had been attending a Cub Scout meeting with his dad at the church two years ago this month, and had just crossed to the opposite side of the street to retrieve a garbage can that had blown from a neighbor’s yard, when he was hit at approximately 7:30 p.m.
“At the time of the accident, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Criminal Investigation Division put their resources together,” said District Attorney Tommy Thompson, “and all surrounding law enforcement agencies in Macon, Trousdale, Smith and Sumner counties still consider this a top priority investigation.”
“The statue of limitation doesn’t apply in a murder case, which this is now considered, and everyone still has their eyes open and continue to run any leads,” he said.
Trousdale County Sheriff Ray Russell said they thought they had a good lead several months ago, and they met at the District Attorney’s Office and reviewed the information. “Everyone involved looked over the information we had received and we brought people in for questioning,” said Sheriff Russell, “but unfortunately it didn’t pan out.
From evidence gathered at the scene it is believed that the suspect vehicle is a 2001 to 2006 GMC Sierra or Yukon that received a right broken head light and grill damage as a result of the accident.
When I spoke with the father last week, he said that the family is doing well, but of course not a day goes by that they don’t think of their son. “It was just one of those instant things that happened out of the blue,” Marvin Denham said, “and I don’t know if they knew what they had hit or not, but they should have stopped and came back.”
“We know that God has him now, which offers us some comfort, but there is a missing spot in our family,” said Mr. Denham. “Our son would have been nine-years-old on March 29th and we leave this situation in the Lord’s hands.”
Sheriff Russell said they will continue to investigate this terrible tragedy and they ask if you have any information regarding this case to please call the Trousdale County Sheriffs Department at 615-374-2114 or the Tennessee Highway Patrol at 931-528-8496 extension 122.
There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit & run driver who was responsible for killing Nathan Allen Denham.