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DA Parks Miller announces $1,000 reward in Tuggy homicide

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Centre County DA Stacy Parks Miller originally said police are offering a $1000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the murder case of Jean Tuggy. The reward has now been increased to $5000.
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Centre County DA Stacy Parks Miller originally said police are offering a $1000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the murder case of Jean Tuggy. The reward has now been increased to $5000.

There is now a reward for information in the death of Jean Tuggy.

During a press conference Wednesday, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller announced a $1,000 reward for information that helps authorities find the person who killed Tuggy in her Pine Grove Mills home.

“Somebody knows and somebody owes it to this woman to help,” Parks Miller said. “Put your tip through Crimestoppers. Do the right thing.”

Tuggy was found dead by two friends on Jan. 21. Her death was ruled a homicide by Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers.

According to a cremation authorization made public Tuesday, Tuggy died from a gunshot wound to the face.

“The cremation report shows that she was shot. We don’t want to talk too much about that,” Parks Miller said.

Parks Miller previously said some details were being protected to help with the investigation.

Both the DA’s office and Ferguson Township police have been tight-lipped regarding details of the investigation, mainly encouraging residents to be “vigilant” with safety, closing doors and locking windows.

The Pine Grove Mills killing is one of three within the past six months. It is the only crime that did not have a suspect in custody or an arrest when police arrived.

While investigators continue to exercise an abundance of caution releasing details, they did answer a few questions regarding where Tuggy was found and when they believe she died.

“She was found on the first floor of her home,” Parks Miller said.

“We have narrowed the time of death between Wednesday night (Jan. 20) and the early morning hours of Thursday (Jan. 21),” Sgt. Robert Glenny Jr. said.

While it is unclear exactly what Tuggy’s marital status was with Timothy Tuggy, investigators have ruled him out as a suspect.

“We’ve talked to and interviewed the husband and have ruled him out as a suspect,” Parks Miller said.

Parks Miller closed with an appeal to those with information to come forward.

“We want to remind people that she is a real person. She is a mother, she had been part of this community for a long time. She is an important part of this community,” Parks Miller said.

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