Polk County investigators search for vehicle in deadly hit-and-run

- The Polk Sheriff's Office just released what could be critically important information in a fatal hit-and-run.

"It is the best information we have right now." Said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd.

Two photographs from surveillance video show a dark blue or black truck, possibly a 2000-2005 Ford F-150 or Ford Ranger.

Detectives say someone got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and checked the truck out, possibly looking for damage.

Investigators say the shots were taken soon after Edwardo Valle Sanchez was hit from behind Sunday night. He was killed on U.S. 92 shortly after he left a concert at International Market World Flea Market in Auburndale.

The vehicle would have then been heading westbound. Deputies say Sanchez was thrown 75 feet.

Sanchez was a father of three and worked in the construction industry.

"We're better off knowing that we have some hope," said the victim's cousin, Roberto Sanchez, about the description of the suspected vehicle.

“He was caring. He told me he loved me daily. Not a day went by where he didn't hug me and tell me he loved me and the kids,” said Martha Aguiler in translated Spanish. She was married to Sanchez.

"Everything reminds me of him and I do miss him... a lot," said his daughter Mayra Valle.  "We were close and he only wanted what was best for me," she said.

Anyone with information about the suspected vehicle or driver is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff’s office at 863-298-6200 or can report an anonymous tip through Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477 or on www.P3tips.com.

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