TRAVERSE CITY — Kelly Ann Boyce won’t be home for Thanksgiving.
She usually spent today’s holiday in Frankfort joking and laughing with her parents, family and loved ones. Sometimes, she filled up on pre-dinner snacks and wine before she even sat down to the formal dinner table.
This year, Boyce’s family will gather for their first Thanksgiving since a hit-and-run motorist killed the Traverse city woman early July 5, a crime that remains unsolved. Her sister Nicole Nostrandt doesn’t know to what extent the family’s loss will change what always was an easy-going gathering.
“There’s going to feel like there’s an empty spot at the table,” Nostrandt said.
The investigation into Boyce’s death has significantly diminished in the months since a motorist struck her down as she pedaled her bicycle to her Washington Street home. Her killer’s vehicle dragged a screaming Boyce for more than a block.
Traverse City Police Department Detective Sgt. Jim Bussell said four detectives are assigned to the case part-time, down from 11 who worked full-time at the height of the investigation in the summer. He said the past two months yielded no significant leads or potential suspects, though tips continue to trickle in.
“We still are getting one or two tips a week at this point,” Bussell said.
Bussell speaks with Boyce’s mother every week and gives her updates. He shares the family’s concern the trail will go cold.
“Certainly, we realize it’s a possibility, but that’s not really the biggest concern,” he said. “The biggest concern is to find out who did this and bring them to justice.”
Nostrandt said the family looks on the Thanksgiving holiday with mixed emotions.
“We’re thankful for the years we had with her and the memories, but someone took her from us. Not knowing who or why is horrible,” she said.