$40,000 reward offered in Simsbury murder case

SIMSBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Police have announced a reward of $40,000 in the unsolved murder of an insurance executive in Simsbury.

Melissa Millan, 54, was found close to Iron Horse Boulevard around 8 p.m. on November 20, 2014. At first, police thought she might have been hit by a car, but the medical examiner determined she had been stabbed in the chest by “an edged-object.” She was a single mother of two, and a senior vice-president at Mass Mutual Insurance.

Where Millan was found is right along along a popular jogging and biking trail, and police think Millan was out running when she was killed. Investigators say they’ve gathered some physical evidence from the scene, but they have not yet determined any suspects. However, Simsbury Police Chief David Ingvertsen says this was not a random act, and the public is not in any danger. He would not elaborate as to why he feels so strongly about the safety of the public.

“We have extra police officers on the road,” said Chief Ingvertsen. “This is a community that I would consider, myself personally, a safe community.”

It seems some in the community would agree.

“As far as nervous, no, I’m not nervous to walk down here in the dark,” said one woman.

“Things like that can happen anywhere, unfortunately” said Patrick Scully, a bicyclist. “Nothing that’s going to keep me away from being outside, but it’s certainly unsettling.”

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