OTTAWA -- It's been a year since Michael Morlang was struck as he walked home from a friend's bachelor party along a rural road and left to die. Since then, his parents have driven 16,000 km, put up signs nearby and left flyers in mailboxes and on windshields in hopes of reaching someone who knows what happened.
Now they're holding a memorial benefit Saturday -- days before the Aug. 11 anniversary -- they hope will raise a reward that might help lead, finally, to an answer.
"In my heart, someone knows something," mom Kathy Morlang said. "I'd like to be able to go to Michael's grave and tell him that the person was caught and that he can now rest in peace."
Until then, "he can't and we can't," she said.
"Neither can the person that did it," dad Brian Visneskie added.
Morlang was found lying in the middle of Frank Kenny Rd. between Russell and Colonial roads at 5:30 a.m. that morning. The ironworker who'd most recently helped build the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge was pronounced dead at the scene. It was the day before his 31st birthday.
Saturday's event will celebrate a life cut short.
"He loved life, he loved people," Kathy Morlang said, describing her son as talented and a hard worker. "It didn't matter if one day you were angry at him -- the next day he never held anything against you.
"My husband and I depended on him quite a bit. He helped us build our home that we're in right now. We have a lot of good memories. To me, it feels like it just happened yesterday.
"He was my only child."