|RE: 7/2/08 - AP: Police circulate fliers in Yale student murder|
Police circulate fliers in Yale student murder
July 2, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Retired state police investigators are taking a new look at an old lead in the 1998 stabbing death of a Yale student in the East Rock neighborhood.
They've been circulating a flier with the sketch of a man seen running from the area where Suzanne Jovin was killed on Dec. 4, 1998.
The flier is an artist's rendering of a man in his 20s or 30s with an athletic build, well-groomed hair, dark pants and a loose-fitting greenish jacket.
Members of a four-person team trying to revive the decade-old investigation went door-to-door in the East Rock neighborhood over the weekend, handing out fliers and asking people if they recognized the man.
There's no suggestion that the person was involved in the death, New Haven State's Attorney Michael Dearington said. But the team of investigators would still like to identify him.
"Who is this individual? As a witness, maybe he can help us out with this investigation," said John Mannion, retired head of the state police Central Major Crimes Unit, who is heading the team of retired state investigators.
The retired state police investigators took on the case about a year ago. They are being paid $1 a year.
A motorist told police at the time that she was driving in the area of Whitney Avenue and Huntington Street at about 10 p.m. when she saw a white man sprint past her and disappear into property of a nearby church.
Jovin, who was stabbed about 17 times in the back and neck, was found at 9:55 p.m., two blocks away.
Mannion said his team re-interviewed the driver and reduced the description to a composite drawing with her help.
"We just had a belief that she witnessed something that night," Mannion said.
The team isn't putting great stock in the composite, he said. It was based on a decade-old memory and a split-second encounter in the dark of night.