As Cherry Festival comes to a close, we honor the memory of Kelly Boyce Hurlbert. Her family said that she had a sunny disposition. They said that she succeeded in everything that she did, and she liked to ride her bicycle. Her family said that she was “always laughing, always loving.”
Some people who do not succeed at everything they do are the Traverse City Police, who have failed to solve her hit and run homicide after six years. In this article, Traverse City Police officer James Bussell deflects the suggestion that the police should focus on local leads. Then prosecutor, now judge, Bob Cooney also said that law enforcement’s hands are tied at the six-year mark to bring many of the charges that might apply. But I’m pretty sure that the statute of limitations in Michigan for manslaughter is 10 years, so I don’t understand why law enforcement is in a rush to give up.
Didn’t they take her ghost bike down because some neighbors complained about it? I know people think I’m a terrible person to run this website…but what kind of person do you have to be to complain about bringing awareness to an unsolved homicide?