MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - The world hasn't stopped In the nearly 10 years that have passed since Rebecca Nelson was fatally struck by a vehicle in a Maple Grove parking lot. Her children have grown up, graduating from high school, and college.
The one thing that hasn't changed; the case involving her hit-and-run death the night of February 20, 2003, remains unsolved.
Nelson, then 41, had just dropped her son off at hockey practice at the bustling Maple Grove Community Center, and was walking towards the front door when police believe she was hit by a vehicle moving rapidly through the parking lot. Despite a media blitz and hard police work, investigators were unable to find the person who hit Nelson and left her to die.
Maple Grove Police detective Tanya Petz says through the years a number of investigators have worked the case, contacting hockey teams that were skating at the time, groups that had booked parties and events that were being held that night at the community center, and no leads have panned out.
Each year on the anniversary police remind the public of Nelson's death and publicize a tip line in hopes someone, anyone, will call with a description or recollection that will solve the case.
As she prepares for the 10-year anniversary of the hit-and-run, Petz is still hopeful the driver will be found. She says the last tip that came in was around this time in 2012, but that they have been few and far between. This year, Petz hopes it's different.
"For me, the biggest thing is to provide closure for her husband Jim and two kids," Petz said.
She asks anyone who may have witnessed anything unusual that night, or has talked to someone over the passing of years who may have been involved, to call her at 763-494-6211.
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