Simsbury Community Members Push for Extra Security on Iron Horse Boulevard After Stabbing Death of Melissa Millan

Community members in Simsbury are pushing for extra security a year after the stabbing death of Simsbury mother Melissa Millan.

Millan was stabbed and left for dead along Iron Horse Boulevard on Nov. 20, 2014.

Don Massey is spearheading the effort on behalf of Iron Horse Security Project Inc., a non-profit group just created. He wants to see cameras on light poles along Iron Horse Blvd.

"As a community we were deeply offended by the tragic loss of Melissa Millan last year and we never want to see that happen again," said Massey. "People are here running, walking, there should always be a sense of security and safety, especially for women."

Massey’s idea is to have about 90 cameras along Iron Horse Boulevard that would monitor activity 24/7. They would cost about $50,000-$65,000 to purchase and install and all of that money needs to be fundraised.

Massey pitched the preliminary plan to the Simsbury selectman on Monday night and received preliminary support.

While he says there is a lot of support in the community, others do not feel it is necessary.
Chris Feinsinger walks the path twice a day and was even there the night of Millan's death. He says he feels it was an isolated incident.

"I don't think it will add much value candidly. So there's a camera, it's not going to stop anything, it may show something. But this is a safe stretch, it's a safe town," Chris Feinsinger, of Simsbury, said.

The FBI returned to search for clues last month, but as of now Millan's murder remains a mystery.

"Law enforcement needs support. Had that support been in place tragically when Melissa was murdered, that crime might be solved today," said Massey.

NBC Connecticut reached out to the Simsbury board of selectmen and are still waiting to hear back. Massey tells us the board would still need to give final approval.

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