Re: Dr. Henry Lee asked New Haven police for more information to try to solve Jovin murder |
Dr. Henry Lee asked New Haven police for more information to try to solve Jovin murder
(WTNH, Mar. 1, 2000) _ Once again, former Yale professor James Van de Velde proclaims his innocence in the stabbing death of Suzanne Jovin. More than a year later, with no arrest made, those who knew Suzanne wonder if the case will ever be solved. News Channel 8's Andrea Stassou joins us live now from the Yale campus with more.
It's been more than a year, and many on this campus still can't come to grips with Suzanne's loss. What makes it harder, many say, is that the murderer is still at large. While New Haven police continue with their investigation, we have learned that forensic expert Dr. Henry Lee is waiting for the call to action.
James Van de Velde, an Ivy-league professor, and the only suspect ever named by police in the murder of Suzanne Jovin. His name surfaced just days after Jovin was killed.
Van de Velde (responding to reporters questions) "They're talking to me because they don't have any leads."
More than a year later, the case remains a mystery. And New Haven police admit there are no new developments. News Channel 8 has learned that several months ago forensic expert Dr.Henry Lee asked police for more information.
Additional work that needs to be done before Dr Lee can reconstruct the deadly scene. But if police have conducted the work, they haven't told Dr. Lee.
Tonight he tells News Channel 8, quote "When they say, 'Dr.Lee, we need your help', I'd be more than glad to assist in the investigation."
Stan Kontogiannis, "Connecticut Best Buddies" program: "This is an open wound."
Those who knew Suzanne say they can't help but feel "frustrated" with the pace of the investigation.
A "20/20" report tonight featuring Van de Velde offered little hope that an end to the case is near.
Stan Kontogiannis, "My concern is the longer it takes, the less likely the possibility of an arrest being made. It reminds me of the Jonbenet Ramsey case. The longer it takes, the harder it gets."
Stan Kontogiannis is the state director of "Best Buddies", a volunteer group that pairs students with mentally-challenged adults. Suzanne hosted a pizza party for the group just hours before she was murdered. This picture was taken that night.
Kontogiannis: "For all of us involved in the program, she's an inspiration."
Two months ago, on the first anniversary of Suzanne's untimely death, the group established a memorial library in her name on Yale's campus. Suzanne's father and sisters were there.
The goal: to preserve her memory and to carry on her compassionate work.