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Investigation into murder of Simsbury insurance executive continues

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Melissa Millan's body was found along Iron Horse Boulevard nearly a year ago. Melissa Millan's body was found along Iron Horse Boulevard nearly a year ago.
Iron Horse Road was closed on Monday. (WFSB photo) Iron Horse Road was closed on Monday. (WFSB photo)
(WFSB photo) (WFSB photo)

Police said a road in Simsbury is closed while they conduct an investigation into a year-old homicide.

Iron Horse Boulevard and Rotary Park were shut down after 6 a.m. on Monday. Crews opened up the road to traffic on Monday evening, but the road is expected to close again on Tuesday during the daylight hours.

Captain Nicholas Boulter said their presence was part of the continuing investigation into the death of MassMutual insurance executive Melissa Millan. She was killed along a popular running and biking trail a year ago this week.

The FBI said its evidence response team is also helping the Simsbury Police Department.

Boulter called it a planned effort and said nothing had been uncovered. 

On Monday, crews used brooms, rakes, and metal detectors as they combed through the area on and around Iron Horse Boulevard and Rotary Park.

Police said tree cutting in the swampy area next to the road was done in preparation for the investigation, but they didn't say if they are looking for something in particular.

"We realize people have questions about the investigation. I assure you that the Simsbury Police Department is investigating, and I have full confidence in them," said Simsbury First Selectwoman Lisa Heavner.

Neighbors we spoke with hope the search leads to something.

"I think it would be huge," said Terence Shields of Simsbury. "I think it would bring closure to the families, I'm sure. Just the open-ended nature of it is probably something that is tough to deal with."

"I hope that they catch whoever did this to this poor woman. She has children, and I'm a mother of three, so I can understand what they're going through," said Nancy Bernier of Simsbury.

The 54-year-old was discovered by a driver on Nov. 20, 2014. Police determined that she had been stabbed in the chest.

After it happened, neighbors said the whole town was taken by surprise.

"Just sadness for the families," Shields said. "You think about your routine and she was just out on a jog probably part of her daily routine and you never think something like that could happen. Just kind of makes you step back and appreciate your loved ones."

A suspect was never named.

"The investigation has led us back to Iron Horse Boulevard. Today and through the upcoming days we will have the assistance of the FBI evidence response team for a search of the area," said Simsbury Police Chief Peter Ingvertsen.

The publication Wall Street on Parade speculated that she was killed because she held trade secrets.

Simsbury police said in the past that the speculation was something at which they've also looked. 

Police said a $40,000 reward announced in June brought no usable leads. That reward is still active.

Officials expect to be investigating the area until Thursday or Friday. Rotary Park will be closed during that time.

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