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August 6, 2013

Police renew call for help in hit-and-run case

TRAVERSE CITY — Somebody knows who killed Kelly Ann Boyce.

But the Traverse City bicyclist’s July 5 hit-and-run death remains unsolved even after investigators received more than 540 tips in the case. Police on Monday renewed an appeal for the public’s help tracking down the killer who struck Boyce, 29, as she pedaled her bicycle in the 600 block of Washington Street and dragged her screaming to a Railroad Street alleyway one block away.

“Something will turn up sooner or later. Somebody knows something,” said Traverse City Police Chief Mike Warren. “If it was a person by (themself) I think probably sooner or later we’re going to get something that’ll lead us down the path of where we need to go.”

The month-long investigation by Traverse City police, Grand Traverse sheriff’s detectives, Michigan State Police and FBI agents has developed several active leads and persons of interest but no firm suspects. The case’s ups and downs are frustrating for Mike Moran, a friend of Boyce and her husband Paul Hurlbert, but Moran said he knows the police are doing their best.

“It feels like we get close and then nothing happens,” he said.

Moran said a $50,000 reward for tips that leads to an arrest remains in place.

Witnesses described a dark pickup truck or SUV driving east down Washington Street at about 1:50 a.m. Warren said investigators last week canvassed northeast city neighborhoods between Boardman and Garfield avenues and Eighth and Front streets along the motorist’s potential route away from the crime.

“So far that hasn’t been real fruitful,” Warren said. “We’re continuing on that area, in different areas of the city, where a tip led us to believe somebody was in this area, but it’s not turning up too much right now.”

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