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UPDATE: Authorities offer cash reward for information in fatal hit-and-run

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Polk Co. (Press Release) - The Polk County Sheriff's Department is asking for your help finding a vehicle involved in a double fatal hit and run. They say it happened around 6:30 Saturday evening.

The sheriff's department says two men, Richard Cobenais and Benjamin Juarez, were hit by a vehicle as it passed through the Round Lake Native American Community, on County Highway E in North Eastern Polk County. They say the men spilled into the road after being involved in a physical argument nearby.

The vehicle that struck and killed Cobenais and Juarez is a Ford F150 pickup. According to physical evidence left at the scene, the vehicle is black (or predominately black) in color and is between a 1997 and 2003 model year.

The vehicle will have damage to the passenger side headlight assembly area.

There is a cash reward offer of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person operating the striking vehicle.

Anyone with information about this vehicle and its occupants are asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Department at 715-485-8300.

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UPDATE: The fatal victims are identified as:

Richard L. Cobenais JR, 41, from rural Luck, WI

Benjamin R. Juarez, 28, from Frederic, WI

The Polk County Sheriff is asking the public for help identifying a vehicle involved in the double fatal hit & run on Saturday evening. Authorities believe the vehicle was simply passing through the Round Lake Community when it struck the two victims.

Summary vehicle description:

Dark colored pickup, possibly black in color. Possibly a Ford, model F150. The vehicle may have auxiliary amber lighting on the top. The vehicle will have some damage to the passenger side headlight area. 

Authorities expect to offer more specific information regarding the striking vehicle's description as physical evidence from the scene is analyzed. In addition to the description stated above, the vehicle is believed to be an extended cab model. The driver is about 6' tall and the passenger's height is estimated at 5' 7". Both men are medium to thin build.

Anyone with information about this fatal crash is asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Department at 715-485-8300.

This crash remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff and the St Croix Tribal Police.

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Polk County (WQOW) - The Polk County Sheriff's Department is asking for your help finding a vehicle involved in a double fatal hit and run.  They say it happened around 6:30 Saturday evening.

The sheriff's department says two men were hit by a vehicle as it passed through the Round Lake Native American Community, on County Highway E in North Eastern Polk County. They say the men spilled into the road after being involved in a physical argument nearby.

Authorities are looking for a dark colored pick up truck, possibly a Ford. It may have two warning lights on top of the cab and a blue plastic barrel in the box of the pick up. There may also be Damage to front and undercarriage

Authorities say there were at least two people inside the truck, both believed to be white males. They say both were wearing baseball caps and at least one was in blue jeans. They say the driver stopped briefly before leaving southbound on County Road E.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff's Department at 715-485-8300.

The names of the men who died are not being released at this time.

The crash remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff's Department and St. Croix Tribal Police.

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