Miller and her dog “Sport” were found shot dead Nov. 1, 2010, in the home at 123 Country Club Road, Gilford, she bought just after her bitter divorce was finalized.
Standing at Miller’s favorite trailhead, her daughter, mother and two siblings went before news cameras at Mount Major to announce the reward in hopes that it stimulates new leads what they fear is becoming a cold case.
“We are longing to find closure,” said daughter Jennifer Miller, 26, of Pasadena, Calif.
She described her mother’s giving nature, her love of the outdoors and her devotion to those she loved. She said the past year has been a nightmare she just hopes to wake from someday.
The family lived about 20 years in Wolfeboro.
Gary Miller, the victim’s ex-husband, used to own a local car dealership. He did not attend Tuesday’s event, nor did their son.
Officials this week said they have been able to narrow the time of her death to between 4 p.m. Oct. 31 and 5 p.m. Nov. 1, 2010
“Anyone who spoke with Bobbie Miller or saw her Halloween weekend of last year, especially between 4 p.m. on Sunday and 5 p.m. on Monday, is strongly encouraged to call the New Hampshire State Police,” a Department of Justice press release read Monday.
With yet no arrest, the family decided to offer the reward and unveil a website, bobbiessoup.com, in her memory, named after the spinach soup she loved and requested for her birthday each year.
The family served the hot soup to the reporters in the windy parking lot, wore T-shirts with photos Miller and showed photo books of her, always with a smile, looking tanned and young, surrounded by sleeping children. Seemingly happy.
But that is not the way it ended.
Miller was born in Manchester as Bobbie Dionne and graduated in 1975 from West High School.
Longtime friend Diane Kuhn of Wolfeboro said she and Miller went out to dinner last Oct. 30 at the Lakeport restaurant O to celebrate Kuhn’s birthday.
The two were attending Granite State College together for business degrees, attending classes mostly in Rochester.
Kuhn said after dinner, they came back to Miller’s house and watched movies until about 1 a.m., when Kuhn left to return home.
Family said Miller was setting up her new little nest, a modest home facing the Pheasant Ridge Country Club’s green fields, not far from the Laconia Bypass.
Madeleine Dionne Blake of Amherst said she spoke to her daughter in the hours before she died and said Bobbie was planning to create an outdoor window box for her living room. It is likely she went out in the community shopping and may have gone in the direction of Gilford’s big box stores.
Family members said the state keeps them up informed almost weekly, but there is not much information being dispensed.
Miller’s brother, Ken Dionne of Amherst and sister, Mickie Moore of Atlanta, said they understand the wheels of justice can be slow but are hoping that they can kick-start it with a big cash offer to “loosen some lips,” Dionne said.
In August, 2010, Miller had completed a divorce in Carroll County.
Though finalized, the two were still in court over payment issues related to taxes.
Just before Miller’s death, a camp owned by Gary Miller in Acton, Maine, burned to the ground and the cause was determined to be arson. No one has been charged.
The Miller’s son, Jonathan, is out on personal recognizance bail on an unrelated charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was allegedly found in possession of, a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun during a police stop in September. Miller, 24, had a previous conviction of felony burglary counts in 2007.