State Cold Case Investigators Joining Probe Of 2014 Simsbury Killing

State cold case investigators have taken over the case of Melissa Millan, who was fatally stabbed nearly three years ago while running on a trail near Iron Horse Boulevard, officials announced Thursday.

These investigators and prosecutors bring specific experience in handling cases that have gone cold, cases that typically lack enough evidence to make an arrest.

“This investigation remains the top priority of the Simsbury Police Department,” Police Chief Peter Ingvertsen said. “This partnership with the State’s Cold Case Unit has brought additional specialized resources to the investigation, and we look forward to continuing our work with them as we move forward.”

Millan, an insurance executive, was running on a trail adjacent to the road on the evening of Nov. 20, 2014, when she was stabbed in the chest.

In the months that followed, officials maintained that the incident was isolated and that the people of Simsbury were safe.

Little information about the case has been released since Millan’s death. Six months after, police announced a $40,000 reward for any information about the case or the killer.

The money came from an anonymous donor, police officials said.

About a year after the stabbing, investigators, including FBI agents, revisited the scene to search for evidence. They did not say if anything was discovered. It is not clear if investigators ever developed any suspects in the case. Police never disclosed any potential motives.

“We continue to grieve the loss of Melissa with her family and friends,” First Selectwoman Lisa Heavner said. “Our police department remains committed to solving this case and to finding some closure for the family.”

Police said the family has been kept informed about the investigation.

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