Family of Bobbie Miller offers reward for information
Bobbie Miller’s family gathered last week to announce the $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsable for Miller’s death in her home last November. From Left to right are Miller’s brother Ken Dionne, mother Madeleine Blake, daughter Jennifer Miller, and sister Mickie Moore. (Jeff Ferland) (click for larger version)
November 02, 2011ALTON — The family of Bobbie Miller, the victim of an in-home murderer last November, turned to the public with a $50,000 reward for help with the investigation during a press conference Tuesday, Oct. 25.
Family members, including Miller's daughter Jennifer, mother Madeleine Blake, brother Ken Dionne and sister Mickie Moore, traveled from around the state and across the country to the trail-head of the Mt. Major hiking trail to make their announcement.
According to family members, this was one of Miller's favorite places.
"She must have hiked it almost every week," said Blake.
According to Blake and Moore, Miller loved to hike, and always brought her beloved yellow lab named Sport, who was killed along with Miller Nov. 1 2010.
They offered the reward with the hope that it would remind people of the investigation and keep the investigation open. They have gathered $50,000, which they will reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the individual or individuals responsible for Miller's death.
Moore explained that, though the public may see initial reports and feel sorry for the family, they may forget after some time, while Miller's family members who gathered in the parking lot continue to deal with their loss without knowing why their beloved family member was taken from them.
"We will never forget," said Moore. "We don't want people to forget. The investigation is on-going."
They said they wanted to know who was responsible so they could find some closure for Miller, though because of the unnatural death, Moore said she feared this may not rid the family of their grief.
"It shouldn't have happened," said Moore.
Jennifer Miller added that they always had the idea that people died of old age or other natural cause.
"It's completely surreal," said Jennifer. "I think about it every day. We don't have that closure."
Still, they vow not to give up on bringing those responsible to justice.
"We're a strong family," said Blake. "We never give up."
In weeks prior to the conference, Blake, who is 81-years-old, along with the other family members, made the hike up Mt. Major with a thermos full of Miller's favorite spinach soup in her memory. They shared a batch of that same soup with everyone gathered for the conference; they said no one could leave without a taste.
According to Blake, the only thing Miller ever wanted for her birthday for the past 20 years from her mother was a batch of her favorite spinach soup.
According to Moore, Miller's birthday on Sept. 25 was the last time Blake saw her daughter.
Jennifer Miller said investigators have been very helpful, but the process can be frustrating at times because investigators cannot release some detail; even to the family.
According to investigators, police found Miller and her dog Sport on the evening of Monday Nov. 1 2010. Investigators have narrowed the time of the murder to between 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 and 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1.
Investigators and Miller's family members urge anyone who had any contact with Miller during that time period to call the NH State Police Tip Line at 223-3860 or the State Police Major Crime Unit Line at 223-8573.
The family has also set up a Web site dedicated to Miller and finding those responsible for her death. For more information or to donate to the reward for information regarding Miller's case, visit www.bobbiessoup.com.
"It's hard to put words on it," said Jennifer Miller, remembering her mother's smile, which she seemed to wear constantly. "We are all waiting for that one phone call explaining what happened.