Bonnie Dowd visits the memorial of Erin Taylor every year at this time. That's because this week marks the anniversary of the murder of her best friend.
"There's no grave so this, to me, is not really her grave, but this is her memorial, this is where she was, this is where she is," says Dowd.
The spot that's currently covered with crosses, flowers, and other gifts is where Taylor's decomposed body was recovered in the woods off of County Road 492 in Negaunee Township over a decade ago.
An autopsy determined the 24-year-old woman had been strangled.
Dowd says she's maintaining the memorial to keep Taylor's memory alive so that justice can be served.
"Somebody's got to be her voice, and I'm going to be her voice; every year she can't speak for herself, and I'm going to speak for her," Dowd said.
And just as Dowd isn't giving up, neither is the Marquette Police Department.
It's been 11 years now, and Marquette Police Detective Gordon Warchock says the investigation is still open, but he remains optimistic in solving this cold case.
"Old cases get solved all the time by a piece of information that came in or a new piece of evidence that was derived by new technology, it happens, so I think there's a decent chance that we solve this case," said Warchock.
The Marquette Police think they know who killed Taylor, but they can't arrest this suspect until they have more evidence.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Marquette City Police Department at (906) 228-0400.