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Still Looking For Answers In Deadly Fire
The family of a Troy woman whose body was found in a burning apartment building in April has created bumper stickers they hope will keep some attention on the nearly four-month-old homicide case that has yet to produce an arrest.
19-year-old Vanessa Milligan was days away from delivering her ex-boyfriend's baby when she died April 4th. On Thursday evening, July 24, they gathered at 271 5th Avenue, now an empty lot save for the memorial of candles, stuffed animals and banner reading "Justice for Vanessa and Alina".
The family has had a suspect in mind from the beginning and they believe police also know who is responsible. Milligan's father, Nathan Milligan, spoke through the media to those whom he believes have knowledge of who killed his daughter and set fire to the building.
"How (are) you good friends with my daughter, then you don't even show up to the funeral service? That's a sign, that's guilt to me...I'm almost to the point where if nobody's saying names soon, I guarantee you within the next couple weeks I'm ready to call names out publicly 'cause you know, come on, this is crazy."
Police have said there were signs of homicide from the start but have not said what they were. The family has said Vanessa Milligan received threatening text messages but never reported them to police. Police have not said how Milligan was killed. A request for any update on the status of the case produced no response from police Thursday.