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October 5, 2013

State police aiding in 2011 case

GOSHEN — Goshen investigators have enlisted the aid of Indiana State Police in trying to solve the home-invasion murder of James S. Miller.

Miller, a Goshen College professor, husband and father of three, was killed at his 1736 Wildwood Court residence Oct. 9, 2011.

His wife, Linda Miller, was home with him when the attack took place in the early morning. She was also injured during the assault.

Goshen police Chief Wade Branson issued a statement Friday regarding the status of the investigation.

“From that day (of the attack), the Goshen Police Department has been investigating and following every piece of evidence, every lead and every tip which poured into the department,” Branson stated. “Today, this incident remains an ongoing and active case to which detectives are assigned and continue to work diligently.”

According to Branson, Goshen police have enlisted the assistance of the Indiana State Police Cold Case Unit to review all the case details and information regarding the Miller slaying.

“The resources available to the Indiana State Police and their Cold Case Unit’s vast experience in investigating offenses of this magnitude will be a great asset to our ongoing investigation,” he said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the murder to contact Detective Tom Littlefield at 574-546-4900 or Detective Jennifer Pauls at 574-533-8661.

The attack on the Millers took place around 1 a.m. Linda was the first to be attacked by the intruder, Chief Branson said during a press conference a few days after the crime. James moved in to help his wife.

Branson said that as the intruder turned his attention to James, Linda was able to move away and call 911. Dispatchers relayed the call to Goshen police at 1:06 a.m.

Branson said the first officers arrived at the scene at 1:08 a.m. The attacker had fled.

Linda was found in the home wounded, according to Branson. James was found outside lying on the ground in the street near the mailbox. His injuries were fatal.

Linda was taken to IU Health Goshen Hospital and was later transferred to Memorial Hospital of South Bend. She was released a few days later.

An autopsy revealed that James Miller suffered “multiple blunt force and sharp force trauma,” according to Elkhart County Coroner John White.

Two days after the murder, Goshen police released the description and an artist’s sketch of the murderer. The intruder was described as a “clean cut” white male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and in his early to mid-20s. Linda help an artist in putting together the sketch.

James Miller grew up in Holmes County, Ohio, and earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Bluffton University. He went on to earn a Ph.D in medical biochemistry from Ohio State University. His first job out of college was at Goshen College in 1980. In 31 years at the college, he advanced to become chairman of the chemistry department.

 

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