Dec 1, 2013
06:25 AMThe Connecticut Story
15 Years After Killing of Yale Student Suzanne Jovin, Investigators Reach Out
NEW HAVEN--Fifteen years after Suzanne Jovin was stabbed to death on East Rock Road, state cold case investigators still are trying to figure out how she got there, who killed her and the timetable of those events.
Jovin, a 21-year-old Yale University student, was found lying on the sidewalk, near the intersection of Edgehill Road, the night of Dec. 4, 1998. She had been stabbed 17 times.
“It’s a jigsaw puzzle in very small pieces,” said Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane as he sat in his Rocky Hill office last week.
Kane said those pieces might be put together if individuals who happened to pass by the crime scene that night come forward with information.
“The only way it will be solved is by teamwork and by somebody who might remember something calling us,” Kane said.
That’s why his office gave the New Haven Register a sheet appealing to the public for help with three leads, two of them not previously revealed.
“A couple out walking that night, looking at Christmas decorations on homes in the neighborhood, heard screams,” Kane said. “They found Suzanne on the ground.”
According to Kane, those two people did not see anybody running from the scene nor notice any departing vehicles. The woman immediately called 911.
During that call, which was made at about 10 p.m., a person who was driving by the scene was overheard by the dispatcher asking if the couple needed any help.
The investigators are now attempting to find that potential witness in the vehicle.
The second person they are asking for help finding is a female passenger who took a taxi from the area of 333-337 Blatchley Ave. to the Newhallville section of New Haven that night at about 9:30 p.m.
Kane declined to say anything more about this cab passenger because he said he didn’t want to compromise the investigation.
The third person being sought has been mentioned in previous news reports. On the night she died, shortly before she left her apartment, Jovin made arrangements to retrieve study materials for the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) from an acquaintance who had borrowed them from her.
“This individual may have information critical to the investigation,” the sheet stated. He is not considered a suspect but might know something about Jovin’s plans that night.
Information about the Suzanne Jovin Homicide Investigation Team, based in Rocky Hill, can be accessed via www.ct.gov/csao, the state Division of Criminal Justice. If you scroll down on the right side, you can click on “Suzanne Jovin Homicide Investigation.”
“The team is asking for a renewed commitment by the public to assist in solving the homicide of Suzanne Jovin,” it states. “The team is interested in all available information or leads, no matter how remote or trivial that information may seem.”
“We want to hear from anyone who has heard something, seen something or who may even have repressed the knowledge of something that could be related to the murder of Ms. Jovin,” it adds. “Do not assume that someone else has already provided the information. Even if you have already made a call in response to previous requests for information, you should do so again, so that the team may follow every possible lead.”
Kane’s office also released this number for the state’s cold case tip line: 1-866-623-8058. And they said email information specifically about the Jovin case should go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The website page notes there remains a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Jovin’s murderer: $50,000 from the state of Connecticut and $100,000 from Yale University.