Connie Boelter’s children wait for justice, closure

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) –  A decade after an Appleton woman was killed in her home, her murder remains unsolved.

Connie Boelter’s body was found on November 15, 2006, after she failed to show up for work at Wolf River Community Bank in Hortonville.

It’s hard for Boelter’s children to believe it’s been ten years since their mother’s murder.

“Just seeing that number, we’re up to two digits, it seems like oh my gosh ten years, but at the same token it can feel like just yesterday, too,” daughter Dawn Gunderson said.

At the time of her death, Boelter was 55 years old and a grandmother who was very involved in the lives of her kids and grandkids.

On the anniversary of their mother’s death, Boelter’s children are trying to celebrate her life instead of focusing on how she died.

“For her I live every day and I try to have the most happy, successful life I’m capable of, for her,” daughter Lynn Kolling said.

And for her they’re also seeking justice.

“We’re living our lives, but you still have that little piece open where you know somebody did it, you know all of the information but you don’t know exactly why and who, so I think that would be like, if you had a hundred page book and you had the last two pages, those would be the last two to close the book so it would closure,” son Mike Boelter said.

Some hope came earlier this year when Appleton police confirmed James Olson, the founder and former president of Wolf River Community Bank, was a person of interest in her murder.

“Do I feel he did it, 100%? I won’t say it’s him, but I strongly feel with the information that we have, strongly leaning that way,” Boelter said.

Appleton police say they continue to investigate Boelter’s murder.

It’s work her children say they appreciate but are hoping the public feels compelled to help with, too.

“Good, we have a person of interest now, and more people that are around his life now,” Gunderson said. “Let’s have them come forward with things they know, circumstances they’ve had with him and let that come through.”

So much like they’ve done for the past ten years, Boelter’s children will wait for justice.

“I am confident that it’s going to be solved. The waiting gets tiresome. Patience has become our friend but not our best friend,” Kolling said.

But if patience leads to a conviction, that is closure for Boelter’s family.