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Grieving Troy father frustrated with police investigation

Updated: 06/10/2014 2:51 PM
Created: 06/09/2014 6:31 PM WNYT.com
By: Kumi Tucker

TROY- Nathan Milligan says he is frustrated with the police investigation, more than two months after his pregnant daughter, 19-year-old Vanessa Milligan, was found dead in her Lansingburgh apartment following a suspicious fire.

He is desperate for some resolution to this case and he is pleading with people to come forward with information.

"A week away from having my grandchild. I just feel like they took away my ability to grow old," Milligan said, his voice breaking. "It's overwhelming."

Milligan is grieving for his daughter, Vanessa.

He lost his mother, his daughter and his granddaughter in just 24 hours. On the morning of April 3, his mother died. That night, the body of his 19-year-old daughter was found after a suspicious fire at her home on Fifth Avenue in Lansingburgh. She was about a week away from giving birth to a little girl.

Milligan says Vanessa got a threatening text message just before she died. Witnesses say they saw people at the scene before and after the fire.

Milligan is frustrated with the investigation.

"I think it's very slow. I think it's moving way too slow. I think there's too many excuses. All this waiting for paperwork and DNA and all this other stuff to come back, I think it's taking way too long," he said.

"At one point, I called them on the weekend and they told me they were on vacation and that they would get back to it in the morning, that they don't have detectives working on the weekend. I think it's amazing how you can make drug busts and set-ups on the weekend, but you can't go do homicides on the weekend."

"Just don't leave it in the air," said Demetrius Irby, a close family friend. "The man's running around here with a lot on his mind and in his heart. It's a painful situation. He lost three family members in a 24-hour period."

"The things have been known. The street has vomited this name and these names over and over again. And yet the community, and yet the authorities are doing nothing behind it," said Pastor Willie Bacote of the Missing Link Street Ministry. "It's time to stop the mess. He deserves closure. He deserves to know what happened to his daughter. And those who perpetuated the heinous crime against his daughter need to be locked up, incarcerated and put away."

Milligan says he'd like to hear more updates from investigators and he doesn't understand why there's been no movement in the case.

He says he was told Vanessa died before the fire and that they found no smoke in her lungs.

"I have to say something. I know my daughter's probably like, dad, do something," he said. "And I'm trying to do the right thing, but it just seems like the right thing, nobody really cares."

Milligan says he wants justice.

He says the "no snitch" rule doesn't apply in this situation because his daughter was a sweet, peaceful girl, not some drug dealer or gang member.

Troy police are still not releasing the cause of death or the cause of the fire.

Milligan is planning to hold a news conference sometime this week, possibly Wednesday.  

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