Cold Case Confession: April Marie Tinsley's Killer Caught, Say Police

Police make arrest in April Tinsley murder 1988 Fort Wayne cold case

IN authorities say DNA led them to a man they arrested and charged in connection with the 1988 assault and death of an eight-year-old girl.

Sunday morning, Fort Wayne Police Department and Indiana State Police Arrested 59-year old John D. Miller for the April 1988 homicide of April Tinsley.

On Monday, a judge gave prosecutors 72 hours to charge Miller in the abduction, rape and murder.

For three decades, the case stumped investigators who continued to follow leads, analyze DNA samples and pore over evidence including notes taunting police that were scrawled on yellow lined paper on a barn door.

Charges could be formally filed this week.

Miller is being held without bond and it wasn't clear if he has a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

Her mother reported the girl missing to Fort Wayne Police, and three days later her body was discovered along DeKalb County Road 68 in Spencerville.

In 1988, an 8-year-old girl, was raped and murdered after being abducted from her neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

IN police say cutting-edge genealogy and DNA techniques helped solve an infamous, 30-year-old cold case. A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday morning. "I been watching you I am the same person that kidnapped an [sic] rape an (sic) kill Aproil (sic) Tinsely".

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Despite finding DNA evidence on April's underwear during the initial investigation, police failed to narrow down a suspect.

Miller then admitted to police that he abducted Tinsley and took her to his trailer in Grabill, where he said he had sex with her and then killed her, the affidavit said. This time, police found three used condoms in three different in towns with notes attached to them. "I will kill again".

"Hi Honey I been watching you I am the same person that kinapped an rape an kill Aproil Tinsley you are my next vitem [sic]", read one note, posted online by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

New information obtained from court documents obtained by FOX59 reveals investigators used condoms collected from the suspect's trash can and genealogy tests to crack an infamous cold case murder in Fort Wayne. But the DNA material recovered from the condoms did match the evidence recovered from Tinsley's underwear - concretely linking the deranged 2004 notes with the 1988 killing.

"You got an 8-year-old girl that was sexually assaulted and strangled", Fort Wayne Police Detective Cary Young told Crime Watch Daily.

April Tinsley was 8 when she was raped and murdered in 1988.

According to Allen County Court's website, Miller was charged with murder, child molesting and criminal confinement of a victim who was under 14-years of age.

Police said Miller told them he drove by the place he left April the next day when he did not see anything about her body begin found on the news.

Police asked Miller at his residence before his arrest if he had any idea why the police wanted to talk with him.

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