Arrest made in 30-year-old cold case murder

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They have until Thursday to formally charge him with Tinsley's rape and murder.

The Fort Wayne girl's body was found in a ditch three days after her April 1988 abduction about 32 kilometres away. The family lived in the 300 block of West Williams Street. Three days later, her body was found 20 miles from where she was last seen alive. What appeared to be one of her shoes was found about 1,000 feet west of the body, the probable cause affidavit said.

"April Tinsley", the suspect allegedly told police, according to the affidavit. DNA evidence was recovered in April's underwear, but a match was never found. Calls on Monday to the prosecutor's office were not immediately returned. The 59-year-old is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday morning. Check News-Sentinel.com early Tuesday afternoon for details.

The killer had sexually assaulted the eight-year-old, leaving behind salvageable pieces of DNA evidence.

It matched that discovered in condoms left draped across three girl's bikes close to where April disappeared in 2004.


"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.

In 2004, Tinsley's murderer left four such disturbing notes at some residences in the Fort Wayne area. Genealogy data also was used to narrow the search, police said. The connection was made using open public genealogy database research by noted genealogist CeCe Moore.

Police in the United States have arrested a man on suspicion of a murder that took place 30 years ago.

The cold case is one of several that have been solved in recent months because of advances in genealogy and DNA technology.

According to a probable cause affidavit, a FWPD detective arranged for DNA testing to be done on the April Tinsley suspect evidence sample in May 2018. Brian Martin earlier this year.


On July 6, a covert trash pull was conducted at Miller's home in a trailer lot in Grabill, Indiana.

According to court documents, upon being asked if he knew why the police had arrived at his house, Miller replied "April Tinsley" before admitting to the murder.

Miller said he choked the girl so she would be unable to tell anyone about the crime, adding that it took her 10 minutes to die.

Miller said he then drove Tinsley's body to C.R. 68 in Spencerville and dumped her. Early the morning of April 2, 1988, he put her body in his vehicle and drove to DeKalb County Road 68 near Spencerville, where he dumped the body in a ditch along the road.

Miller has allegedly confessed to raping the child and choking her to death in his trailer before sodomizing her body. He said he saw Tinsley's shoe in the auto and threw it along the ditch, according to the affidavit.


Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said April Tinsely was abducted from a neighborhood in Fort Wayne as she walked to a friend's house.

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