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Re: Suzanne Miller, Sept 15th 1974, 26 years old, London
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2013, 04:21:47 PM »
Hello Gibbons
Not sure if you remember me i am the family member that gave you information .i still have not heard anything more .
My name is Dorothy I am daughter of Suzanne miller .I was adopted very young with My older sister Annette .I am 43yrs now and when I was 27yrs I discovered that Suzanne is in fact my birth mother I am still trying to find relatives and information . could you please forward any you may have would be appreciated .I have met some birth family ,my half brother Jim,and cousins that is all.I am having trouble finding my aunt shelia (Suzanne sister) not sure with surname Sheila goes by(Jack,  Johnson or Schnarr )or if she is still alive .Pleas ehelp of you can.

Thank-you
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Re: Suzanne Miller, Sept 15th 1974, 26 years old, London
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2013, 03:52:07 PM »
Hello Dorothy,

Gibbons is no longer a member of Unsolved Canada.  It could be helpful if you contacted the OPP, and asked to meet with them, to go over Your Mother's case.  They should be able to give you some information, since you are next of kin.  During the re-investigation (Project Angel) in the late 1990's, it was reported that the OPP were optimistic in solving Suzanne's case, with collected crime scene evidence for DNA testing.  What happened there? Perhaps your Aunt Sheila received updates from Police, but since you can't find her--I suggest that you approach the OPP yourself, as other families have done.  You certainly deserve some answers.

Did Suzanne's family members who you are searching for come from Hamilton?  Do you have any other information that could help us find them? 

Thanks,

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Re: Suzanne Miller, Sept 15th 1974, 26 years old, London
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i have info about family member of suzzane miller who was found dead in thorndale ont in 1974. i read that her birth daughters dorothy and annette are looking for family member they may contact me <personal information removed>.

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Re: Suzanne Miller, Sept 15th 1974, 26 years old, London
« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2017, 08:04:26 AM »
hello i am suzanne daughter Dorothy , do you have any information?

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Re: Suzanne Miller, Sept 15th 1974, 26 years old, London
« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2018, 08:20:17 PM »
Finally this case is getting some press...

https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/can-local-police-kickstart-probe-in-unsolved-1974-murder

I had no idea about a few things here... she worked at Metropolitan Store... her CoD was a head injury and the entire bit with the older man showing up... signing 'a friend" just as they did in Jackie English's book.  Very odd indeed..


Suzanne Miller’s battered body was found in a wooded area in Thorndale, northeast of London, more than 40 years ago.
The case has been cold ever since the grisly discovery on Oct. 12, 1974, almost a month after the 26-year-old mother of three children disappeared after leaving her Gammage Street apartment.

Suzanne Deborah Miller found dead in 1974. (London Free Press files)
On Thursday, there may be new information in her case unveiled at a news conference called at the West Region OPP headquarters.
Officers from both the OPP and the London police are expected to attend the morning announcement of “a renewed effort to resolve an historic homicide investigation.”
There is no confirmation that it’s the Miller case that’s being looked at again, only that the new information refers to a 1974 cold case in the London area.
But the investigation of Miller’s disappearance, and then homicide, involved both police services — first London city police, when Miller disappeared, then the OPP once her body was found.
The news conference is expected to “unveil a creative initiative to reinvigorate the investigation of an unsolved London-area homicide.”
Miller was a victim of one of several unsolved cases clustered in the London area in the 1960s and 1970s. They all are outlined in Western criminology professor Michael Arntfield’s book Murder City, published three years ago.
Miller was last seen at her home near Wolseley Barracks on Sept. 15, 1974, leaving the parking lot in her distinctive blue Datsun.
The car was found abandoned on Sept. 23, 1974 in the Argyle Mall parking lot. Miller worked at a Metropolitan department store. The police found no evidence of her death in the car and there seemed to be no motive pointing to any reason why someone would hurt her.
Miller’s case officially became an OPP investigation once her body was discovered outside the city.
She died of head trauma. Her body was clothed and there was no evidence of sexual assault.
There was a strange twist the day before her funeral. A balding man smelling of alcohol who no one recognized walked into the funeral home and signed the register. He paused at the casket, then made a $20 donation for flowers.

Sketch of man wanted in the murder of Suzanne Deborah Miller. (London Free Press files)
One of Miller’s family members approached the man, asking who he was. He said he was just a friend.
He also signed the register “a friend.”
Plain clothes officers attended the funeral hoping to see the man again for an interview. He didn’t attend.
Two weeks later, the OPP offered a $5,000 reward to anyone with information about Miller’s death. They also released a composite drawing of the mystery man. The reward was never claimed.
The news conference is slated for 11 a.m.

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Re: Suzanne Miller, Sept 15th 1974, 26 years old, London
« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2018, 10:30:47 AM »
Here's a follow-up.  I'm giving a massive "side-eye" to some of the victim-blaming language used by the initial investigator (though, I suppose, his account gives insight into how the police treated Suzanne's case at the time).  It seems like they are suggesting that Suzanne's killer might have been someone that she knew.  I'm curious about the car-- did the killer have possession of it (later moving it to Argyle Mall)?  Or did Suzanne leave her car at the mall and it was only noticed eight days later?  Investigators seem to think that another car is involved.


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The cases that never close haunt retired police officers.

It’s been 26 years since OPP Supt. Murray Peer, 82, retired from the job. Yet, in May, he woke up in the middle of the night thinking about what happened to Suzanne Miller.

Suzanne Deborah Miller found dead in 1974. (London Free Press files)

More than four decades have passed since then-Det. Sgt. Peer, and a team of investigators from both the OPP and the London police, set out to solve her slaying.

“I thought about it and it just runs through my mind if there was anything that could have been done or should have been done…. you just wish it would be cleared up,” Peer said.

“You think about the victim. It would be fair to her if it could be cleared.”

A month after the memories startled him from sleep, OPP investigators contacted Peer about Miller’s homicide to kick-start the investigation and possibly find a killer from 1974.

On Thursday, the OPP and London police announced “Find My Killer,” a campaign aimed at cracking the Miller case using modern social media tools and advertising.

The hope is there still is someone out there, somewhere, who has information that could lead to an arrest for the killing. The body of the 25-year-old mother of three, who went missing 10 days shy of her 26th birthday, was found in a wooded area near Thorndale on Oct. 12, 1974, almost a month after she disappeared.

“There has been obvious advancements in technology and Internet that allows us to reach a global community now, as opposed to the local London community that existed through traditional media at the time of this horrific occurrence,” said Det. Supt. Ken Leppert of the OPP’s criminal investigation services.

Similar approaches have been used in other cases and there was recent success in a 27-year old case in Simcoe County, he said.

The OPP want to reach a worldwide audience. Their video describing the crime and the investigation is posted on the OPP’s YouTube channel and shared on their various social media platforms. They will have London Transit bus ads and a “rolling billboard,” a mini-van wrapped with information and where to call with tips.

The van will be “strategically” parked in various places around London, they said.

And a reward for information has been increased to $50,000.

Even though the case is almost 44 years old – and those most likely to remember are in their 60s or older — the police said they are certain this approach will reach people who may have information.

“We are proud to not close homicide cases no matter the duration of the investigations. We are very much committed to moving those investigations forward in spite of the date of the occurrence, in support of the community, in support of the victim and victim’s family,” Leppert said.

Miller was last seen on Sept. 16, 1974 when she left her Gammage Street apartment in her blue Datsun car. Her sister, Sheila Jack, said in the new OPP video that her sister, who she described as an introvert who loved to cook and sew, was supposed to meet her at Jack’s apartment, but never showed up.

The car was found a week later in the Argyle Mall parking lot.

Miller’s badly decomposed body, still clothed, was found next to the Thames River in Thorndale. She had died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Given that there are many unsolved homicides in the London area, particularly in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it’s unclear why the OPP are focusing on the Miller case. They do want to try the same multimedia approach in other cases.

And Leppert wouldn’t say if they had a suspect in mind, but said they have “an ongoing file” in the Miller investigation.

“In this case, there is a very strong potential that those responsible are out in the community and I would suggest that it’s every bit as important today that we try to bring those individuals before the courts and before justice as it was in 1974,” he said.

Peer said investigators had suspects during their probe in 1974. “I think it’s fair to say we had a person of interest and still do,” he said, but they were never able to make an arrest. He wouldn’t say who it was.

Michael Arntfield, a former London police officer, now a Western University professor and the author of Murder City, which examined unsolved homicides in the London area from 1959 to 1984, said the re-examination of the Miller file is a sign that the police may have some new information “that has allowed them to earmark this investigation as one that offers a prospect of solvability.”

Arntfield said he hinted at Miller’s murder as a “personal cause homicide” in his book, meaning that the murderer was motivated by personal reasons that have to do with their relationship with the victim.

“The name is already in the box,” Arntfield said. “It means that the suspect was likely identified early on and . . . they weren’t able to conclusively link them to the crime at the time.”

Miller’s homicide, he said, is similar to the 1963 slaying of Margaret Sheeler in which the police could never nail the prime suspect.

“In these cases, you often don’t have to look too far from the victim’s inner circle,” Arntfield said.

Arntfield also noted that a campaign like this one takes a lot of work, so for police to be taking this step, he said, they likely put some “considerable thought” into what the end game is.

“You would have to think there’s a broader strategy to this campaign other than just trying to solicit tips for the sake of keeping the case alive,” Arntfield said.

That suspect likely isn’t the mystery man who attended Miller’s funeral visitation and signed the register as “a friend,” leaving $20 for flowers. Even though police looked for the man at the funeral and produced a police sketch, Peer said he doesn’t know how or if the man fits into the case.

They knew Miller was a young woman who “maybe we would say she had come from the other side of the tracks or seemed to follow that path, which ultimately led to her demise,” Peer said.

“I had a feeling through the investigation , we just kind of felt sorry for her all the way through,” he said.

While there were good leads at the beginning of the investigation, there were difficulties in piecing the case together after the body was found so long after her disappearance. What would have helped them, he said, are modern investigative tools, such as DNA collection, that weren’t available in 1974.

But that doesn’t mean the case can’t be solved. “When a case isn’t solved, we shouldn’t let it rest and we haven’t in this case,” Peer said.

There have been two or three other investigative blitzes on the open file during the years, but without an arrest.

“There’s obviously someone out there, maybe more than one, that knows something,” Peer said.

“And this might be a good time to clear the air, if they choose to do that, and we hope they will.”

Anyone with information can call the dedicated toll-free line at 1-844-677-5060, or by email at SMillerTips@opp.ca. Anonymous tips can be left on the CrimeStoppers line at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

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Re: Suzanne Miller, Sept 15th 1974, 26 years old, London
« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2018, 09:47:05 AM »
hello i am suzanne daughter Dorothy , do you have any information?
Hello All I am letting you know I am 1 of Suzanne Children , although this happen 44 yr ago and I am know almost 49yr my sister 50yr and our brother 47yr . this is a very emotional time for the family . Those of you that did not know her or the whole story of her life please watch your comment family members of Suzanne Miller read them .  If you have questions for me please message me . thank you .



Here's a follow-up.  I'm giving a massive "side-eye" to some of the victim-blaming language used by the initial investigator (though, I suppose, his account gives insight into how the police treated Suzanne's case at the time).  It seems like they are suggesting that Suzanne's murder may have been the outcome of some domestic situation.  I'm curious about the car-- did the killer have possession of it (later moving it to Argyle Mall)?  Or did Suzanne leave her car at the mall and it was only noticed eight days later?  Investigators seem to think that another car is involved.


****

The cases that never close haunt retired police officers.

It’s been 26 years since OPP Supt. Murray Peer, 82, retired from the job. Yet, in May, he woke up in the middle of the night thinking about what happened to Suzanne Miller.

Suzanne Deborah Miller found dead in 1974. (London Free Press files)

More than four decades have passed since then-Det. Sgt. Peer, and a team of investigators from both the OPP and the London police, set out to solve her slaying.

“I thought about it and it just runs through my mind if there was anything that could have been done or should have been done…. you just wish it would be cleared up,” Peer said.

“You think about the victim. It would be fair to her if it could be cleared.”

A month after the memories startled him from sleep, OPP investigators contacted Peer about Miller’s homicide to kick-start the investigation and possibly find a killer from 1974.

On Thursday, the OPP and London police announced “Find My Killer,” a campaign aimed at cracking the Miller case using modern social media tools and advertising.

The hope is there still is someone out there, somewhere, who has information that could lead to an arrest for the killing. The body of the 25-year-old mother of three, who went missing 10 days shy of her 26th birthday, was found in a wooded area near Thorndale on Oct. 12, 1974, almost a month after she disappeared.

“There has been obvious advancements in technology and Internet that allows us to reach a global community now, as opposed to the local London community that existed through traditional media at the time of this horrific occurrence,” said Det. Supt. Ken Leppert of the OPP’s criminal investigation services.

Similar approaches have been used in other cases and there was recent success in a 27-year old case in Simcoe County, he said.

The OPP want to reach a worldwide audience. Their video describing the crime and the investigation is posted on the OPP’s YouTube channel and shared on their various social media platforms. They will have London Transit bus ads and a “rolling billboard,” a mini-van wrapped with information and where to call with tips.

The van will be “strategically” parked in various places around London, they said.

And a reward for information has been increased to $50,000.

Even though the case is almost 44 years old – and those most likely to remember are in their 60s or older — the police said they are certain this approach will reach people who may have information.

“We are proud to not close homicide cases no matter the duration of the investigations. We are very much committed to moving those investigations forward in spite of the date of the occurrence, in support of the community, in support of the victim and victim’s family,” Leppert said.

Miller was last seen on Sept. 16, 1974 when she left her Gammage Street apartment in her blue Datsun car. Her sister, Sheila Jack, said in the new OPP video that her sister, who she described as an introvert who loved to cook and sew, was supposed to meet her at Jack’s apartment, but never showed up.

The car was found a week later in the Argyle Mall parking lot.

Miller’s badly decomposed body, still clothed, was found next to the Thames River in Thorndale. She had died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Given that there are many unsolved homicides in the London area, particularly in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it’s unclear why the OPP are focusing on the Miller case. They do want to try the same multimedia approach in other cases.

And Leppert wouldn’t say if they had a suspect in mind, but said they have “an ongoing file” in the Miller investigation.

“In this case, there is a very strong potential that those responsible are out in the community and I would suggest that it’s every bit as important today that we try to bring those individuals before the courts and before justice as it was in 1974,” he said.

Peer said investigators had suspects during their probe in 1974. “I think it’s fair to say we had a person of interest and still do,” he said, but they were never able to make an arrest. He wouldn’t say who it was.

Michael Arntfield, a former London police officer, now a Western University professor and the author of Murder City, which examined unsolved homicides in the London area from 1959 to 1984, said the re-examination of the Miller file is a sign that the police may have some new information “that has allowed them to earmark this investigation as one that offers a prospect of solvability.”

Arntfield said he hinted at Miller’s murder as a “personal cause homicide” in his book, meaning that the murderer was motivated by personal reasons that have to do with their relationship with the victim.

“The name is already in the box,” Arntfield said. “It means that the suspect was likely identified early on and . . . they weren’t able to conclusively link them to the crime at the time.”

Miller’s homicide, he said, is similar to the 1963 slaying of Margaret Sheeler in which the police could never nail the prime suspect.

“In these cases, you often don’t have to look too far from the victim’s inner circle,” Arntfield said.

Arntfield also noted that a campaign like this one takes a lot of work, so for police to be taking this step, he said, they likely put some “considerable thought” into what the end game is.

“You would have to think there’s a broader strategy to this campaign other than just trying to solicit tips for the sake of keeping the case alive,” Arntfield said.

That suspect likely isn’t the mystery man who attended Miller’s funeral visitation and signed the register as “a friend,” leaving $20 for flowers. Even though police looked for the man at the funeral and produced a police sketch, Peer said he doesn’t know how or if the man fits into the case.

They knew Miller was a young woman who “maybe we would say she had come from the other side of the tracks or seemed to follow that path, which ultimately led to her demise,” Peer said.

“I had a feeling through the investigation , we just kind of felt sorry for her all the way through,” he said.

While there were good leads at the beginning of the investigation, there were difficulties in piecing the case together after the body was found so long after her disappearance. What would have helped them, he said, are modern investigative tools, such as DNA collection, that weren’t available in 1974.

But that doesn’t mean the case can’t be solved. “When a case isn’t solved, we shouldn’t let it rest and we haven’t in this case,” Peer said.

There have been two or three other investigative blitzes on the open file during the years, but without an arrest.

“There’s obviously someone out there, maybe more than one, that knows something,” Peer said.

“And this might be a good time to clear the air, if they choose to do that, and we hope they will.”

Anyone with information can call the dedicated toll-free line at 1-844-677-5060, or by email at SMillerTips@opp.ca. Anonymous tips can be left on the CrimeStoppers line at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

jsims@postmedia.com

shmehta@postmedia.com

twitter.com/JaneatLFPress

twitter.com/ ShaluatLFP

https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/can-find-my-killer-campaign-finally-crack-1974-london-murder

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Re: Suzanne Miller, Sept 15th 1974, 26 years old, London
« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2018, 01:04:06 PM »
Hello summer69baby,

Thank you for the reminder!  I edited my previous comment-- I'm happy to change/delete my comments if they cause distress or are insensitive.  Please let me know.  I hope that they resolve this case!

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