Family of murdered woman makes plea for info on 10-year anniversary of disappearance

Family of murdered woman makes plea for info on 10-year anniversary of disappearance

The family of a Dane County-area woman who who was killed 10 years ago is making an appeal for information and new leads in the cold case.

On June 23, 2007, 22-year-old Kelly Nolan, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student, disappeared from the State Street area in Madison in the early morning hours, according to the report. Her body was found 16 days later in a wooded area 10 miles away.

Madison police shared a statement Thursday from Nolan’s family that asks anyone who may have information related to the case to come forward.

“The passage of time in no way diminishes the heinousness of the crime, the guilt of the criminal(s), nor the need for accountability,” the family statement said. “We and the authorities believe there are people in this community and elsewhere, reading this today, who can shed light on what happened to Kelly if they will only reach out and tell someone.

“Our family realizes that providing this kind of information now may not be easy for you, or that you may be embarrassed or even afraid. But we would ask you to be brave, to examine your consciences and to do the right thing.”

Family of murdered woman makes plea for info on 10-year anniversary of disappearance

It’s believed Kelly left the State Street area — either voluntarily or by force — with one or more people. Her body was found on July 9, 2007, in a wooded area 10 miles south of the Isthmus: near Schneider Road, off County Road MM in the town of Dunn. Nolan had no known connections to the area.

Nolan, a Waunakee native, was living in downtown Madison during the summer of 2007. On the night she went missing, she had become separated from friends. It’s believed she left State Street sometime after 2:30 a.m.

Kelly was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 125 pounds and had with shoulder-length dark hair. At the time she went missing, she was wearing an emerald green, scoop-necked blouse and blue jeans. She was carrying a gray-green handbag with many external pockets.

On Thursday, police also released a photo that was taken a couple of weeks prior to Nolan’s death.

Nolan’s homicide investigation has been ongoing over the past decade, and two veteran detectives are assigned to her case, police said. They have been actively pursuing all leads, and police remain committed to finding anyone responsible for Nolan’s death. Anyone with information, even that which might seem dated or insignificant, is urged to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Family of murdered woman makes plea for info on 10-year anniversary of disappearance