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Investigators 'developed a suspect' in fatal hit and run

North Myrtle Beach, SC -

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An investigation following the hit and run death of a New Hampshire woman in North Myrtle Beach has produced a suspect, according to NMB Interim Public Safety Director Rick Buddelmeyer.

"We have developed a suspect," Buddelmeyer said in a statement issued by City spokeswoman Nicole Aiello. "However, this is an ongoing investigation and we will not release any more information."

Investigators with the South Carolina Highway Patrol identified a vehicle believed to be in connection to the incident. Officials announced Wednesday evening that an ongoing investigation has indicated the vehicle involved in the incident could be a 1995-2005 Chevrolet Astro van or a 1995-2005 GMC Safari.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said Corissa Irvin, 21, of New Hampshire, died of internal injuries after she was struck by a vehicle in an area near Ocean Creek Drive and US-17. Police believe Irvin was walking along the road when she was hit between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.

Officials said Irvin was working in North Myrtle Beach at a business in Barefoot Landing for the summer.

Investigators shut down two northbound lanes of US-17 between Ocean Creek and 48th Avenue South following the accident. The South Carolina Highway Patrol was called in to assist in the investigation.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol's MAIT Team believes the suspect vehicle may have sustained front-end damage near the right headlight during the incident.

"[Investigators] have reason to believe damage would be approximately 27 inches from the ground on the front of the vehicle," officials said in a statement Tuesday evening.

According to officials, the car could have also have possible windshield damage.

Businesses near the accident site along US-17 near Ocean Creek Resort are being asked to check any surveillance cameras for footage connected to the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the North Myrtle Beach Police at 843-280-5511 or the South Carolina Highway Patrol at 843-365-5001.

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