BY MATT TROUTMAN
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Police interest in one "person of interest" in the hit-and-run death of a Traverse City bicyclist may be waning.
Traverse City Police Capt. Mike Ayling said investigators still have no real "substantial" leads in the July 5 death of Kelly Ann Boyce, 29, who was struck and killed as she pedaled her bicycle in the 600 block of Washington Street.
Ayling said authorities arrested a person on unrelated charges in Antrim County, but no evidence was found to link that person's black Ford pickup truck — which matches some witness descriptions of the vehicle that struck Boyce — to the case after two days of processing.
"I doubt he's our guy," he said. "We don't believe it was involved."
Ayling said police continue to seek the public's help in tracking down the killer. Members of the public who may have seen something on Washington Street on July 5 at about 1:50 a.m. can call detectives at 231-995-5152 or call the anonymous tips line at 231-947-8477.
"We're still looking for a dark, possibly black pickup or SUV," Ayling said. "We're still following other tips."
Police on Tuesday also widened their vehicle search in the case to include a silver SUV reported by one witness, but Ayling said investigators do not believe it is as credible as initial reports of a dark pickup truck or SUV. He said they also aren't discounting potential links with past incidents in which bicyclists and pedestrians reported harassment from a dark pickup truck or SUV.
"We're thinking about it all the time; could it be related?" he said.
Boyce family spokesman Mike Moran said an anonymous personal donation upped a reward for information leading to an arrest to $20,000. He said people who attend Boyce's funeral Thursday at 2 p.m. in F & M Park are encouraged to bring their bicycles for a bike run after the service.
"We'll lap down Front Street to Union Street and start going down State Street and come back to F & M Park," he said. "As many bicyclists that want to be there would be phenomenal."
Donations to Boyce's family can be made at Traverse City State Bank locations to the Paul Hurlbert Memorial Fund or online at www.remembertolove.org.