Middleboro: Vehicle seized in connection with hit-and-run death of Michael Dutra

There’s been no arrest in the October 11th hit-and-run that killed 58-year-old Michael Dutra, but Middleboro police got a break Monday night and have seized the Jeep they believe caused his death.

Police Chief Bruce D. Gates said the driver has still not come forward.

Gates did not disclose any further information, other than to say the Jeep was seized from a Middleboro home on Monday night.

One of the victims daughters, Michelle Dutra, said the search for the driver has taken a toll on her family and she hopes it’s over soon.

“It absolutely breaks my heart that this person has taken so much from me and my family, and that they think that they can just live their life…I just hope to see some remorse from them,” said Michelle.

For over 2-weeks investigators were searching for a light colored Jeep, based on a witness’s account, but on Friday detectives got a big break when forensic results from the crash determined it was black.

Michelle Dutra says she is angry the driver fled after killing her father, and they have yet to confess.

“I don’t know how this person has been able to live with themselves, they know what they’ve done. Actions do happen, but you take responsibility for what you do,” said Michelle.

Gates declined to disclose the address of where the Jeep was found, and is confident detectives will soon make an arrest in the case.

(From left to right: Shannon Dutra, 23 daughter, Michael Dutra, Michelle Dutra, 27 daughter, Evelyn Pemberton, Michael's late mother. Photo courtesy of Michelle Dutra)

(From left to right: Shannon Dutra, daughter, Michael Dutra, Michelle Dutra,  daughter, Evelyn Pemberton, Michael’s late mother. Photo courtesy of Michelle Dutra)

About Alice Elwell

Alice Elwell is a freelance reporter who lives on the South Shore. She joined the WATD team to widen our coverage to include Middleboro. She can be reached at acelwell2@gmail.com.