Fostoria mother searching for answers in cold case death of her teen son

FOSTORIA, Ohio (WTVG) - Carrie Steele of Fostoria is still haunted by the tragic death of her 16-year-old son Kelly Norman Jr.

"I never believed in a boogieman or any monsters, but that night a monster took my baby," said Steele.

Norman was found lifeless on the side of Stearns Road near Fostoria in the early morning hours of February 28, 2006.

Deputies say the teen was walking along the country road when a driver hit him and then sped off.

"They're a coward because they go to sleep every night—do they think about the things I think about?," said Steele.

Now 12 years later, the Fostoria High School sophomore's death remains unsolved.

"We understand it was probably an accident to begin with, but somebody needs to be held accountable for this young man's death," said Wood County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Rod Smith.

Smith is the third detective to be assigned to the cold case and says a lack of evidence has made it a tough one to crack.

He hopes someone in the community will speak out and shed light on the heartbreaking incident.

"It might be two or three people calling in and if we can piece something together that might be all we need to break the case and finally bring somebody to answer for this incident," said Smith.

Getting closure is all that Steele can ask for as she holds out hope to soon find out who's responsible for her son's death.

"I think [about it] every day," said Steele. "If someone can just tell me something. It's been a long time."

If you have any information surrounding the death of Kelly Norman Jr. you're asked to contact the Wood County Sheriff's Office at 419-354-9682. You can report tips anonymously.