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Still no arrest in intentional homicide, DA, police advise public to ‘remain vigilant’

Video: Stacy Parks Miller gives homicide update

Stacy Parks Miller says the public should remain "vigilant" because there is an unsolved murder in the county.
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Stacy Parks Miller says the public should remain "vigilant" because there is an unsolved murder in the county.

It’s been six days since the body of 60-year-old Jean Tuggy, a woman police think was intentionally killed, was found in her Pine Grove Mills home and an arrest has still not been made.

The Ferguson Township chief of police and district attorney are advising the public to stay alert and use caution.

“I think the public should definitely be vigilant. There is an unsolved homicide right now in Centre County, it was an intentional homicide and we are working very diligently trying to figure out all the facts,” said District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller.

“We are working diligently to identify and apprehend the perpetrator,” said Diane Conrad, Ferguson Township chief of police, on Tuesday.

“The public has a right to be interested in this case,” said Parks Miller, who has partnered with the state police and Ferguson Township police in the investigation of Tuggy’s death.

Conrad echoed Parks Miller’s statements regarding safety measures Tuesday, advising the public to “remain vigilant.”

Conrad told the CDT that “standard personal and home safety practices should be employed. These practices would include keeping home doors and windows locked, paying attention and being aware of surroundings and reporting suspicious circumstances or persons to police.”

Conrad also said that anyone concerned for their safety should contact police, or in nonemergency situations, the Women’s Resource Center for information, support and other services.

According to a press release from Ferguson Township police, Tuggy was found by two friends who visited her home on Thursday.

The press release indicates that there were no signs of forced entry at Tuggy’s home, where she lived alone.

Police determined Friday that robbery did not appear to be a motive.

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed

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