Police looking for driver that hit deer, then set it on fire

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WARNING: We have included a possibly upsetting image of the deer involved in the crime at the bottom of this story.

ROCHESTER, Ind. (WTHR) - Conservation officers in northern Indiana are looking for a driver who struck a deer, then lit the animal on fire while it was still alive.

Officers say the deer was struck near State Road 25 and County Road 400 North near Rochester early in the morning of February 16. The deer survived the crash, but someone poured accelerant on the animal and set it on fire.

The driver who struck the deer left the scene. Police believe the car is a blue or black General Motors model car, possibly a Camaro, Trans-Am or Firebird from the model years 1992-2002, based on parts found at the scene of the crash.

A passerby found the animal, still alive, and contacted the Fulton County Sheriff's Department. The deer, still smoldering, had to be put down.

If you have information about who struck the deer and set it on fire, call Fulton County Crime Stoppers at 1-574-223-7867 or the Indiana Conservation Officers' "Turn in a Poacher" line at 1-800-TIP-IDNR. Your tip can remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a wildlife violator.

WARNING: We have included a possibly upsetting image of the deer below.

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