State officials seek new leads in Yale murder cold case

Yale student Suzanne Jovin was stabbed 17 times on December 4, 1998 (WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Chief State’s Attorney’s office is hoping to get new information in a murder investigation that is now in its 16th year.

On December 4th, 1998, Yale student Suzanne Jovin was murdered after she attended a meeting for an organization she belonged to. No arrests were ever made in the case, but officials are hoping new leads will possibly re-spark the investigation and find the killer.

Jovin was a senior at Yale at the time of her death. According to the initial investigation, she was last seen on the Yale campus shortly before 9:30 p.m.

At 10:00 p.m., a 9-1-1 call came in that a body was lying in the road near the corner of Edge Hill and East Rock roads. It was Jovin. She had been stabbed 17 times.

After her death, police investigated several suspects, including a Yale instructor, James Van De Velde. He was later cleared.

Officials from the Chief State’s Attorney’s office are holding the meeting Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. at Wilbur Cross High School. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, especially if you have any information that can help with the investigation.

There’s still a $150,000 reward being offered for information that brings a killer to justice.

Police say before Jovin died, she was supposed to get study materials from a friend. There was also a passerby who stumbled upon the couple who found Jovin’s body in the road. It is believed these people, and others, may hold some critical information. That’s why police are hoping anyone and everyone will come forward.

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