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Search for suspect continues in 17-year-old cold case

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Suzanne Jovin was a 21-year-old senior at Yale University when she was found dead with multiple stab wounds. (WFSB) Suzanne Jovin was a 21-year-old senior at Yale University when she was found dead with multiple stab wounds. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Investigators said a murder case from 17 years ago still torments them.

Suzanne Jovin was a 21-year-old senior at Yale University when she was found dead with multiple stab wounds.

“Any murder is a tragedy. Any homicide is a tragedy,” said Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane.

Now, 17 years later, the state’s attorney still hasn’t been able to solve the case.

Jovin was last seen at the Phelps Gate at Yale University on Dec. 4, 1998.

“Half an hour later she's dead, a mile and a half away, having been stabbed 17 times. It was a brutal vicious stabbing,” Kane said.

Her body was found on East Rock Road by a doctor from Yale, just feet from where Nancy Dennett lives.

“I remember a little bit of commotion. A little bit of noise. I was wondering what it was and I saw police tape there,” Dennett said, adding that she didn’t see or hear anything that night. “I remember mostly feeling bad. We’re in these big old houses and we don't hear what goes on in the front.”

The state's attorney said any small clue could be the key to solving this cold case.

Right now, his investigation is centering around finding three people, including a couple who may have been visiting or living at a home on Whitney Avenue.

“We have reason to believe there was a couple arguing at 750 Whitney Ave.,” Kane said. “As the argument was going on, another couple walked out of 750, may have passed in between the two of them.”

The argument may have been between Jovin and her killer.

The state’s attorney said he’s also looking for two other witnesses, a woman who may have been a passenger inside a taxi, and a Good Samaritan who tried to help.

“She stopped and asked the doctor if you need any help. The doctor said he saw two young children in the car,” Kane said. “She thought it wouldn't be helpful for the kids to see someone dying. She said ‘no thanks, help is on the way’.”

Investigators said they hope that a simple reminder of the cold case can help them find a killer.

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