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Russell Evans

Real Name: Russell Evans
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Spokane, Washington
Date: June 4, 1989

CaseEdit

Details: Thirteen-year-old Russell Evans was found lying in the street after an apparent hit-and-run accident in June 1989. He eventually died of his injuries. His family believes he wasn't hit by a car, but was actually the victim of a beating by a street gang he had encountered. On the night of June 3, Russell was hanging out at a park with his friend Aaron when Aaron got into an argument with another kid about Aaron's girlfriend. The argument almost turned physical until Russell intervened. Russell was threatened by the other guys at the park, so he and Aaron left. They then spent the rest of the night at a friend's house until Russell left around midnight. He ran into his friend Seyd who was the last person to see him alive. Authorities believe that minutes later, Russell was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle, possibly a pickup truck. This was backed up by a forensic pathologist. However, his family did not believe this based on various pools of blood found several feet away from his body, along with the location of his shoes and shoelaces. They believe that Russell ran into the people from the park and was attacked, possibly with a baseball bat or a 2 X 4. They believe his friend Brian might have been at the scene because Russell kept yelling his name when he was found. However, when Russell's father talked with Brian, he denied any knowledge of this. One theory is that Brian is being threatened to keep quiet about the murder. Russell's death remains unsolved.
Suspects: No known suspects; police located the people whom Aaron and Russell were arguing with the night of his death and cleared them as suspects.
Extra Notes: This segment originally aired on the January 9, 1991 episode of Unsolved Mysteries .
Results: Unresolved. In 1996, a new witness came forward claiming to have heard one of the people whom Aaron and Russell had gotten into an argument with at the park confess to killing Russell and running him over with a car. However, despite the new witness coming forward, the police continue to insist it was a hit-and-run. No one has been charged. Sadly, both of Russell's parents are now deceased. His father died in 1998, and his mother passed away in 2011.
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