Iron Horse Boulevard Reopens After Further Investigation at Scene of 2014 Simsbury Homicide

Iron Horse Boulevard in Simsbury has reopened after it was shut down for a couple days for further investigation into the death of an insurance executive stabbed and killed there last November, according to police.

Police and FBI agents returned to the area Monday where Melissa Millan, a 54-year-old Simsbury mother and senior vice president at Mass Mutual Insurance, was killed on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. They were raking leaves and using metal detectors to look for evidence.  

"The police investigative activity that caused temporary closures on Iron Horse Boulevard and Rotary Park in Simsbury over the last few days ended this afternoon, but the investigation continues," Simsbury Police Capt. Nick Boulter said Wednesday. "Iron Horse Boulevard and the greenway are open for use as well as Rotary Park. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation. More information will follow when it is available."

Millan had been jogging along Iron Horse Boulevard, between Phelps Lane and Pent Road, when she was stabbed, according to police.

Someone found Millan lying on the street around 8 p.m. that night. An ambulance rushed Millan to Saint Francis Hospital, where she died a short time later, according to police.

Police originally thought Millan was the victim of a hit-and-run, but the medical examiner determined her death was a homicide.

The FBI has been involved in the investigation since it began, and officials said an FBI evidence response team assisted Monday.

In June, police said a $40,000 reward would be offered for information leading to an arrest in the case, but police said on Monday that have not received any calls with information and the reward is still active. 

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

Officials said on Monday the investigation on Iron Horse Boulevard was connected to Millan's death, but have not said what led the investigation to return to the site nearly a year later.

Police held a news conference after returning to the scene of a 2014 homicide in Simsbury.

"The investigation, as well as the support and assistance from other law enforcement agencies has been continuous. The investigation has led us back to Iron Horse Boulevard. Today and through upcoming days, we'll have the assistance of the FBI evidence response team for an extended search of the area," Chief Peter Ingvertsen said on Monday. "Simsbury is a very safe community I emphasize this again."  

Police ask anyone with information to call Simsbury detectives as 860-658-3145.

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