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Year in Review: Family looking for answers in Kaiden Estling’s death

FAYETTE COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) – It’s been six months since a Fayette County teen was killed in a hit-and-run crash, leaving his family searching for answers.

“How can you wake up every morning and go about your normal life knowing that you did this and that there’s a family and friends and cousins and everybody that is grieving for him and we have no answers,” said April Estling, Kaiden’s mother, back in an interview from August.

14-year-old Kaiden Estling would leave on his moped June 28, 2018 to never return home alive. Estling would be killed in a hit-and-run crash in Fayette County.

KWWL caught up with his mother on the phone Saturday. She said it’s hard getting through the holidays without her son.

“The questions and the unknown answers of how somebody could do this to Kaiden and keep going. It’s been… yesterday was 6 months. Especially with the holiday’s and stuff, it’s been hard,” April Estling said over the phone.

Back in August, Kaiden would have started his freshman year at West Central Community Schools. Instead there was an empty desk.

“This morning instead of watching him walk into the school with his little brother, I had to go down two blocks to the cemetery to see him on his first day of school,” his mother said in August.

Six months after the crash, the wound of Kaiden’s loss hasn’t healed. The family is still hoping someone who knows something will step forward to bring justice to the heartbreaking case.

“It’s really hard to everyday for me and our family to be the ones fighting for the justice and trying to find the answers and calling in information or cars taht we see are damaged. Just knowing the public is still helping and the leads are still coming in,” she said.

April Estling said the reward by the Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers has been raised to $6,500 for anyone who has information that leads to an arrest.

Collin Dorsey

Weekend Anchor

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