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One Year Later, Police Continue to Investigate Murder of Jean Tuggy

by on January 23, 2017 9:52 AM

On the afternoon of Jan. 21, 2016, friends stopped by the Pine Grove Mills home of Jean Tuggy to check on the 61-year-old. Inside the Irion Street residence they found Tuggy dead.

Tuggy died from a gunshot wound to the head, fired inside the home on Jan. 20. One year later, police are still looking for her killer.

An autopsy found some signs of trauma to her body, but there were no signs of forced entry at the home.

"It appears that neither robbery nor sexual assault was a motivating factor in the homicide, although the results of some forensic evidence analysis is still pending at the lab," Ferguson Township Police said in a release on Saturday.

Pennsylvania State Police Forensic Services processed the scene, and investigators from other area police departments joined the investigation in the following months. About 100 interviews were conducted and cell phone and social media records examined. Tuggy's husband and other friends and family members were interviewed last year and ruled out as suspects.

"Leads and tips were investigated, but to date, none of these efforts have resulted in sufficient information leading to an identification of the perpetrator," police said.

Centre County CrimeStoppers has offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest, and the Centre County District Attorney's Office and Board of Commissioners have offered a $5,000 reward.

"The case remains open and active and police remain hopeful that new information will result in a break in the case," police said in the release.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ferguson Township Police at 1-800-479-0050 or their local police department. An anonymous tip can be provided online or via Centre County Crimestoppers at [email protected].

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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