Police seek information from downtown businesses on deadly hit and run
The Traverse City Police Department is now seeking assistance from area businesses regarding the hit and run accident that killed Kelly Boyce Hurlbert.
Captain Mike Ayling, of the Traverse City Police Department says that authorities are now turning to bars and hotels for more information that could help lead to an arrest and conviction of the suspect. Ayling says that authorities are collecting customers receipts from the downtown Traverse City bars to see who was in the area around the time of the accident.
Capt. Ayling also says that authorities are starting to look into who was checked-in to any hotels east of the downtown area that night. Authorities are starting with those hotels because of the direction the vehicle was traveling during the accident, and will then move on to other hotels in the area.
The police department has logged more than 350 tips from the public regarding the hit and run accident, and is now using a software assistance program with the help of the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center through the Michigan State Police in Lansing, to help with the large amount of tips. The program will help authorities manage the tips that they receive.
"If we get a tip on let's say a dark colored SUV or a dark colored truck, we can go in and search by that criteria and see all the tips that we've gotten by that," said Traverse City Police, Detective Sgt. Jim Bussell. "And then we can cross reference it with the time or date, or the person that has called the tip in if we know who it is or if it's an anonymous person. It's just going to help us in an analysis."
Detective Sgt. Bussell also tells 7&4 News that they are also working with the FBI on the investigation.
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect has reached $50,000, made up of donations from friends and community members.
Police continue to ask that anyone with information about the incident, or anyone that was in the area at the time of the incident, contact the detectives assigned to the case. They can be reached at 231-995-5152. Anonymous callers can also use 231-947-8477.
29-year-old Kelly Boyce Hurlbert was hit while riding her bike on Washington Street just before 2am July 5. Police say after she was hit she was dragged by the vehicle for more than 1 1/2 blocks. Hurlbert had left work at North Peak Brewing Company and was just a block away from her home where she was left. She died a short time later at the hospital.
Over 1-thousand people made up of community members, friends, and family gathered Thursday afternoon to celebrate Kelly's life at F&M Park. Following the ceremony, hundred's of people took to their bicycles and rode in a procession through downtown Traverse City. The route ended at Hannah Park where food and drinks were served.
There is also a website set up by friends of the family to help with hospital and funeral costs. The website was also created to make sure accurate information on the investigation is given to the public. You can also donate to the Paul Hurlbert Benefit Fund at any Traverse City State Bank.