Dollar death investigation continues; scholarships established

MARQUETTE – It’s been nearly six months since the body of Shawn Michael Dollar, 34, was discovered in an abandoned building in downtown Marquette.

However, Marquette City Police Department Detective Capt. Gordon Warchock said the investigation is as active as ever.

“It’s not at a standstill, it hasn’t stopped ever,” Warchock said.

He said police are still receiving information regularly on the case, which has not been labeled a homicide or accidental, but rather an “open death investigation.”

Dollar’s family – which includes his mother, Jackie Boxer, his father, Pete Dollar, and his sister Kimber Hansen – meet on a regular basis with police for any updates.

“We have full confidence in the police, but at the same time It’s been six months,” Boxer said.

During a recent interview, Boxer recalled how everyone called her son “Dollar” and that he had a big impact on those in his life.

“Shawn could walk into a room and the whole room would light up,” she said, adding support from area residents has been breathtaking.

“I would not be here today if it weren’t for the support and love from this community,” Boxer said.

Since his death, several fundraisers have been held in honor of Dollar. The Marquette Area Public Schools Foundation created an athletic scholarship for a male and female senior who plan to pursue athletics after high school. The scholarships are for $500 each and will be presented to the recipients on May 21 at Kaufman Auditorium.

Another fundraiser that was held this winter was the third annual Ball and Chain hockey tournament, which is comprised of two-on-two games. The event is put on each year by Korie Moyer and her husband, Kevin Moyer, on their backyard rink.

This year, 28 teams came out to play with a large fan section in full support.

The game was held in honor of Dollar, who was a close friend of the Moyers. Balloons and lanterns were released in Dollar’s honor and his parents dropped the first puck, while Dollar’s sister played in the tournament. More than $2,000 was raised and donated to the Shawn Dollar Scholarship Foundation.

A third scholarship has been set up by the YMCA of Marquette County, where Dollar worked. The money will be used for youths who cannot afford to participate in YMCA programs.

“In five months, we have collected $10,000 – It’s just incredible,” Boxer said.

For now, Warchock said police continue to investigate the case.

“We have good expectations in solving this and finding out what happened to Shawn,” Warchock said.

Abbey Hauswirth can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 240.