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$40K Reward for Tips in Murder of Conn. Mom

Police say they have physical evidence tied to a suspect but they need the public help in identifying the person or persons responsible for Millan Murder (Published Thursday, June 25, 2015)

Mystery still surrounds the stabbing death of an insurance executive in Simsbury last November and police said a $40,000 reward will be offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Melissa Millan, a 54-year-old Simsbury mother and senior vice president at Mass Mutual Insurance, had been jogging along Iron Horse Boulevard one Thursday night last November when she was stabbed, according to police.

She was found lying on the street around 8 p.m. and died a short time after an ambulance rushed her to Saint Francis Hospital, according to police.

Police originally thought Millan was the victim of a hit-and-run, but the medical examiner determined the death was a homicide caused by an "edged instrument." Police said on Thursday that the weapon is "similar to a knife."

During a news conference on Thursday morning, Police Chief Peter Ingvertsen said the department has some leads and some physical evidence, but they are looking for more leads and have not identified any suspects.

No information on a motive has been released.

Police are calling this an isolated incident, but did not say whether they believe Millan was targeted to the victim of a random attack.

"This is an isolated act not common at all to this community," Police Chief Peter Ingvertsen said during the news conference. "Simsbury is a safe community."

Bob Knight, who knew Millan and her parents said he believes her death might be tied to her work as an investigator for the insurance company.

In the days that followed the fatal attack, police increased patrols on the busy street, which is home to several restaurants and the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows.

Anyone with information is the case is asked to call Simsbury detective at 860-658-3145.

Authorities have not said who offered the reward money. The source is anonymous.