Goshen professor's murder still unsolved, two years later

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GOSHEN Wednesday, October 11 marked the two year anniversary of a gruesome murder of a Goshen College professor.

James Miller, 58, taught biology at Goshen College and lived just a stone’s throw from the campus in the 1700-block of Wildwood Ct. He and his wife Linda were inside their ranch-style home when an intruder attacked after 1 a.m.

Police said Linda called 911 after the intruder struck her with an object. But by the time Goshen police arrived it was too late for James Miller. Miller suffered fatal blunt-force and sharp-force injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Elkhart County Coroner said it was difficult to determine a total number of wounds because the body was so badly injured.

After the incident, Miller’s brother in law said the family would “strive” to forgive the individual who committed the crime. Unfortunately, the family has had no such closure.

Goshen Police announced Monday, Oct 3, 2013 that the Indiana State Police Cold case Unit had been called in to assist with the investigation.

“Today, this incident remains an ongoing and active case to which detectives are assigned to work diligently” police said in a press release.

The increased attention is exactly what neighbors want.

“So I guess it’s a sort of passive acceptance of, ‘this is how it’s going to be, we're not going to know for a while,” said David Gerber.

Gerber recalled waking up and seeing yellow police tape outside his house the morning of the murder. He describes the entire incident as “bizarre” and “totally shocking.”

Many neighbors installed security systems, fastidiously close their garage doors and lock their houses. Gerber said the murder has lingered around for the past two years.

“It doesn't go away, especially when I see Linda come out, I just never can put it out of your mind, it's just never finished, it's always hanging there as a concern really,” Gerber added.

Nearby, on Goshen College’s campus, faculty and students remember Miller fondly. On the one year anniversary of his death they planted a tree near the science building and held a vigil for the entire community.

“It is difficult news to hear that one of your colleagues died in such a way,” said Bill Born, Vice President of Student Affairs. Born helped disseminate the news of Miller’s death. He, like so many others, just wants some answers as to what exactly happened.

Police have received hundreds of tips over the years, and came up with a composite sketch, but they still do not have a suspect.

Anyone with information can make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-342-STOP.