13-year-old Kelly was last seen riding her red 3-speed bicycle near her home in Jackson, Michigan on August 10, 1984. Kelly was reported missing when she failed to come home that night. Her bike was found later that day at the entrance to Ella Sharp Park which was a distance near Kelly's house. Kelly's family later learned that Kelly purchased a bus ticket to Detroit and was observed boarding a bus to that location at the local bus station. Kelly has not been heard from since. On the day Kelly disappeared, she was upset that she wasn't allowed to attend the county fair. At first, Kelly's case was classified as a runaway, but now foul play is suspected in her case.
Kelly lived with her dad in Pasadena, Maryland in 1984 when she moved to Michigan to spend the summer with her mom. She planned to move in with her great-aunt in California afterwards. Kelly's stepfather, Leonard Victor Hugall was the prime suspect in Kelly's disappearance. Leonard has a history of violent behavior and child molestation going back from before he met Kelly. He was convicted of burglary, theft, and sexual battery in 1993 and he & Kelly's mom divorced a year later in 1994. Kelly's mother says the relationship between Leonard and Kelly was strained and believed that Leonard had killed Kelly.
Leonard told investigators that he thought Kelly ran away from home and for over 20 years, Leonard has refused to cooperate with authorities in Kelly's case or take a polygraph test. In 2006, Leonard confessed to raping and murdering Kelly and investigators found blood evidence to back up his statement. Leonard will not be charged in connection with Kelly's presumed death until his scheduled release from prison around 2033, by that time, Leonard would be over 90 years old.
Authorities stated that they would attempt to find Kelly's remains based on Leonard's information. Leonard says he buried Kelly in a shallow grave and investigators said it's unlikely that anything can be recovered after such a long time. Unless Kelly was buried deeply, her body probably would've been disinterred and destroyed by animals. Kelly is a biracial (African-American\Caucasian) female with black hair & brown eyes. She wears glasses and has a gap between her upper front teeth. Kelly was last seen wearing a pink, orange, and gray shirt, and black striped shorts.