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Who Killed Sarah?
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Kelly Nolan has a lot in common with Sarah Gonstead, in the worst possible ways.

A native of nearby Waunakee, Wisconsin, Kelly was 22 years old when she moved to Madison for the summer, on May 18, 2007.

She sublet an efficiency apartment on Mifflin Street, but was uncertain about her future after the summer.  Kelly had been a student at UW-Whitewater, but as Sarah had been 13 years earlier, she was at loose ends and unsure if she would return to school in the fall.

In mid-June, Kelly found a job as a waitress at the Orpheum Lobby Restaurant.  She only worked three shifts, however, and was dismissed due to her lack of experience on June 20, 2007.
Kelly Nolan
Kelly Nolan

Lava Lounge
On June 22, 2007, Kelly spent the day with her sister, April.  Then she joined three friends for a night of bar-hopping and drinking on State Street, a popular partying site for generations of young people in Madison.  Some of their stops included State Street Brats and the Lava Lounge.

When her friends decided to go home around 11:30 p.m., Kelly declined to go with them.  She was, as they say, feeling no pain, and she wanted to continue partying.
Kelly left the Lava Lounge at bar time, around 2:00 a.m. on June 23rd.  A male acquaintance began walking Kelly to her apartment, but they ran into another man on State Street who said he knew Kelly, so her escort left her.  Around this time, Kelly called her sister, April, and told her where she was. 

That was the last anyone who knew and loved Kelly heard from her.

When Kelly hadn't come home by June 24th, her family reported her missing to the Madison Police.  By June 28th, her friends and family were distributing fliers asking for help to find her.  More ominously, Madison Police sent divers into Lake Mendota to search for Kelly. 

On June 29th, she was listed with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.



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The search for Kelly ended on July 9, 2007, when her body was found in a wooded area along Schneider Drive, southeast of Madison and more than 12 miles from where Kelly was last seen.
The site
looked strikingly similar to the spot along West Mineral Point Road where Sarah’s body was found in 1994.  Her last hours—partying from one bar to another, too much to drink, separating from friends, then disappearing—are also remarkably similar to Sarah’s last hours. 
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Remember the van driver, who lived near the Taco Bell and had ties to the area where Sarah’s body was found?  Over the years, he moved around, and for six years—until shortly before Kelly’s body was found—he lived only 4 ½ miles from where her remains were discovered.

Investigators have not disclosed the manner of Kelly's death, beyond stating the obvious, that she was murdered. 

No arrests have been made.  The case has gone cold.

Take Action!
1) Share this story with everyone you know using all of your social networks. Point people to this website or to Penny Brummer Defense Fundrazr.

2) If you know anything, call 800-407-1178. Do the right thing, and be rewarded for it.

3) Ask DA Ismael Ozanne to reopen the investigation (Dane Co. DA's Office, 215 S Hamilton St., Ste 3000, Madison, WI 53703-3211) 
Sign the Petition!!

4) Say a prayer.



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