|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 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.
|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.
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
On June 29th, she was listed with the National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children.
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$10,000.00 reward for
information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the
person(s) responsible for the death of Sarah Gonstead, call
tips to 800-407-1178.
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.
|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
to another, too much to drink, separating from friends, then
disappearing—are also remarkably similar to Sarah’s last hours.
have not disclosed the manner of Kelly's death, beyond stating the
obvious, that she was murdered.
No arrests have been
The case has gone cold.
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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.