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Local woman killed in New Orleans hit and run, police searching for suspect

Photo courtesy of New Orleans Police Department

The NOPD is seeking to locate a person of interest for questioning in the investigation of a homicide that occurred on March 16, 2020, in the 700 block of Saint Louis Street.

At about 12:01 a.m., the victim was struck by a vehicle. The vehicle and driver fled the scene and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Through investigation, the incident was classified as a homicide.

According to family and friends, Amber Mello, 55, of Westport, was the victim in the homicide.

According to The Times Picayune, Mello was vacationing in town and was trying to break up a fight when another woman intentionally backed up a vehicle and hit her.

The pictured person of interest is sought for questioning only at this time, as detectives feel this person may have knowledge of information vital to the investigation.

The vehicle of interest is described as a gray 2008 or 2009 Hyundai Sonata four-door sedan with possible damage to the rear driver’s side door, rear end and undercarriage of the vehicle.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the NOPD Homicide Unit at 504-658-5300, or to call anonymously to Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.



  1. Rev J

    March 25, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    No good deed goes unpunished as the saying goes. Anarchy now rules in the USA.

  2. Jeff

    March 31, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Hate and discontent caused her death. Not uncommon here in NOLA.

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