Balloon release honors fatal hit and run victim as police investigation continues
By Gabrielle Mays
BELLE PLAINE - The family and friends of a Stephenson, Michigan man gathered in Shawano County Saturday.Dozens of people released balloons and shared stories about 22-year-old Timothy Meade.One year after Meade's death, family and police still have questions.They do know he was killed walking home from a bar in Shawano.Sheriff's officials say he was lying in the roadway when he was hit by a SUV or larger vehicle.It happened on County Highway M on the overpass of State Highway 29 in Belle Plaine Township.The unsolved mysteries surrounding Meade's death have his family and authorities asking the public for help.Even after a year family and friends still hold on to their memories of Meade."He just made fun out of any situation," said Danny Anderson"He liked to hunt," Briar Wery."He had one of the most heartwarming smiles anyone could ever see," Sieanna Edwards, Meade's sister.Even those who didn't know Meade came to support his family."Something told me I had to be here today," Michael Rhode.Meade's mother and sister say this past year hasn't been easy."I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy," said Eileen Edwards, Meade's mother."It's been rough. It's been lonely. It's been horrible," Sienna Edwards said.Shawano County Sheriff Randy Wright is asking the public for help."I am sure someone out there can relate to this request to come forward and talk to us about what took place. Whether it was yourself who did it or if you have information as to who did it and who was involved," said Sheriff Wright.Wright says the driver who hit and killed Meade may not have known they ran over a person."I'm not going to say there are no penalties or charges that may be coming but it may not be as bad as what you think or have in your mind if you come in and talk to us," Sheriff Wright said.The sheriff says his department has gone over evidence multiple times."We have no firm leads at this time," Sheriff Wright said.Meade's family isn't giving up. They chose the anniversary of his death to remember his life by releasing balloons where he was killed.Some balloons had handwritten messages."I just wrote I love you and love Mia. That was our little thing," Eileen Edwards said.Eileen Edwards says she will come back to this overpass every year and release balloons until her son's case is solved.If you have information about the death of Timothy Meade, you're asked to call the Shawano County Sheriff's Office at (715) 526-3111 or Shawano Crime Stoppers at (888) 258-9955 if you'd like to remain anonymous.
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