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Police arrest suspect in Wisconsin for 2002 Fort Wayne teen’s homicide

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Police in Wisconsin arrested a woman for the 2002 murder of a teen girl in Fort Wayne.

"I think they wanted justice but I think they lost confidence in the system," says JAVA's Amy Davis.

JAVA is a victim advocacy group, and Davis invited the family of 17-year-old Stacy DeGrandchamp to be the first ones profiled on the organization's public access tv show.

On August 15, 2002 in the backyard of a home, DeGrandchamp died after being in a fight with then-16-year-old Holly Boisvert in front of several people.

The coroner ruled she died from stab wounds, and detectives interviewed Boisvert the day after the fight, but the case grew cold.

Last year, Davis encouraged the DeGrandchamp family to reconnect with detectives to ask them to take another look at the case.

Police arrested now-34-year-old Holly Boisvert in Wisconsin for the 2002 murder of 17-year-old Stacy DeGrandchamp.

"I started noticing what I thought were some very good potential witnesses. As I began researching their names I saw that they were still local," Det. Brian Martin says.

Subsequent interviews led Martin last year to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where Boisvert had been living for the past 10 years, and according to court documents, she allegedly gave him the knife she had with her the night of the crime.

"She seemed somewhat surprised but we were able to speak to her for approximately two hours," he says.

She later told other detectives, "I think I killed my best friend and that's why you're here."

Fond du Lac police arrested her for DeGrandchamp's death.

JAVA's Davis says this is why families should never give up.

"Don't give up hope. And this case right here will drive that home for every family. Do not give up hope. It doesn't matter if it was 17, 18 years ago. And these police might be working on something that you don't know they are," she says.

Boisvert is in the process of being extradicted to Fort Wayne to face a charge of murder in DeGrandchamp's death.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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