Manitowoc Police say no arrests in slayings of father and daughter

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MANITOWOC, Wis. (WBAY) - Manitowoc Police say they have not arrested any suspects in the killings of a father and daughter, but the are "constantly" interviewing people about the crime.

Police held a news conference Thursday, marking the first time they've spoken publicly about the murders.

Click here to watch the full news conference on the WBAY Facebook page.

Capt. Jason Freiboth declined to release specific details about the crime, saying he did not want to compromise the investigation.

"To have an effective investigation some of those details we just can't release, 'cause that's gonna be critical on our follow up interviews going forward," Freiboth said.

Freiboth said investigators believe this is an isolated incident and that the public is not in danger. However, he said the possibility remains that the person who committed the crime could return to the area.

"I can't make that guarantee that whoever is responsible would not come back," Freiboth says. "What I can tell you is that we have officers in the investigation continuing to go back through that neighborhood to reassure the neighbors in that area of the city that we're looking into any and all leads."

On Sept. 9, at 10:30 a.m., police were called to a home at 3709 Dale Street. Police say they found 51-year-old Richard Miller and 19-year-old Jocelyn Miller dead of gunshot wounds.

Investigators have spoken to several people and continue to interview people and follow up on leads.

Freiboth says investigators are working "around the clock" and they will not rest until an arrest is made.

"I can say that our investigators have talked to numerous people and they'll follow up on all and any leads that they have," said Capt. Jason Freiboth.

Freiboth would not say if officers recovered any weapons from the scene or if anything was taken from the home.

The captain would not reveal the time of day the Millers were slain.

A reward up to $2,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.

Neighbors who have known victim Richard Miller for years say they are heartbroken.

They tell us they do not feel safe in their neighborhood.

"As you can see there's no police here anymore. There hasn't been for a day or two," says Evan Day-Luitnik, Miller's neighbor and friend.

That anxiety has some people considering leaving the neighborhood.

"Me and a few of our neighbors have already quit our jobs and are planning on moving out of the area because we don't feel safe anymore," Luitnik says. "It's scary here."

Police say there are no indications that the Millers were connected to any crime in the area.

Miller family members have started a donation fund to cover funeral costs.Click here to donate.

If you have any information, call Manitowoc Police at (920) 686-6551.

To leave an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at (920) 683-4466.

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