Suzanne Jovin, a 21-year-old Yale student, was stabbed to death in 1998. Connecticut law enforcement has renewed efforts to solve her case nearly 20 years later. (Photo: Courtesy of the State of Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice)

The unsolved 19-year-old murder of Yale student Suzanne Jovin is getting renewed attention by Connecticut law enforcement, with an assistant state’s attorney spending eight hours a week with a team of detectives working to solve the high-profile case.

Details of the efforts are contained in a Freedom of Information hearing officer’s ruling that the New Haven police file should not be released. In testimony before the hearing officer, Assistant State’s Attorney Marcia Pillsbury revealed that she is working on the case and that a resolution is possible.

Sources familiar with the case said investigators have taken several steps including:

  • Resubmitting Jovin’s clothing to the state forensic laboratory to do new DNA testing called touch DNA on the inside of the sleeves of her shirt and other clothing in hopes her assailant may have brushed against her during the murder.
  • Bringing in the FBI to work on the case, although it is unclear what federal authorities are doing.
  • Traveling across the country to re-interview some witnesses from the original investigation as well as classmates of Jovin who had not been interviewed before.
  • Hiring a hypnotist to interview a key witness who may have seen Jovin walking only minutes before she was murdered.

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