Mills family: Still looking for answers

Published 3:00 am Saturday, November 22, 2014

Three hundred and sixty five days after his murder, the family of Mike Mills is still searching for closure.

Mills was shot to death Sunday, Nov. 23, 2013, while working his second job at Hill Mart gas station in Springhill. Authorities say suspects came into the store, shot Mills, and took the cash register before fleeing the scene. A year later, no one has been charged in the case.

Donna Mills said the family is doing better but still struggling to cope. “We’re doing OK,” Donna said. “We take it day by day.”

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At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, several family members plan to gather at Green Hills Cemetery to celebrate his life and continue to raise awareness of the unsolved crime. “We’re just trying to get it back out there and let people know that it’s not done and that we’re still looking for them,” she said.

On Friday, though, Donna Mills was back in Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas’ office, looking for answers in her husband’s death.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department initially offered a $2,500 reward for information concerning the case, but the reward was raised to $10,000 after the Sheriff’s Department received money from both the state and the city. With the case still open and being actively investigated, Thomas said it was disheartening not just for the department but also for a family still left without answers.

“It bothers me that we’ve not been able to solve it, that we’ve put so much effort into gathering information into this case,” Thomas said. “There’s a cash reward of $10,000 that’s still being offered in hopes that someone would take advantage of that reward and come forward and talk about the case and do the right thing.”

Thomas said the Sheriff’s Department had recently interviewed someone else who shed some light on the case, but while the department was getting closer to solving the murder, hard evidence is still lacking.

“I interviewed an individual last week,” Thomas said. “It helped provide information that we already know. We just want that one person to come forward that can help us close this case out and bring some closure to the family and to us.”

It’s a sentiment that Donna echoed.

“I would just say that we want to give our family closure, so that we can kind of move on,” Donna said. “We just want to know that the person (who killed Mike) is not still out there.”