Arrest made in 30-year-old cold case murder

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Tinsley disappeared while walking home from a friend's house on April 1, 1988. "I will kill agin".

In 2009 the case was fbi.gov/archives/news/stories/2009/may/april-tinsley-murder-pt. Despite an intensive search, police were unable to find her killer. The 59-year-old is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday morning.

Thanks to advancements in DNA technology, Miller's arrest has been part of a stream of cold case breakthroughs.

Paul Helmke, who was Fort Wayne's mayor when Tinsley was slain, said the community always held out hope that there would eventually be an arrest in the disturbing case.

A break in the case came earlier this year when a detective in May called for DNA testing to done on an evidence sample in the case.

It was chilly on April 1 — Good Friday — 1988, the sky in Fort Wayne bruised over with threatening storm clouds.

On May 11 of this year, Fort Wayne Police Det. Her mom Janet, walked her up the block and waved her goodbye. "Youre sitting there looking out the window, and trying to think where is she?" Her body was discovered in a ditch 32 km. away, three days later. The DNA was taken from the used condoms and evidence from the crime scenes, according to court documents.

Sunday morning, Martin and a state police detective approached Miller outside his mobile home. He then found her shoe in the vehicle and tossed it out in a ditch, as well, the affidavit said.

"I kill 8 year old April Marie Tisley". Once again, the killer escaped.

In 2004, four notes were left at homes scattered around the Fort Wayne area. An additional note was put in a mailbox. In the trash, they found three used condoms.

Several, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported, referred to the death of April Tinsley.

Explicit photos of a man's privates were also left, as well as notes, one of which read: 'Hi honey. "I been watching you I am the same person that kinapped an rape an kill Aproil Tinsely you are my next victim (sic)".

John D. Miller was arrested in connection to April Tinsley's 1988 murder
John D. Miller was arrested in connection to April Tinsley's 1988 murder

The next day, after he saw no news reports about the case, Miller said he drove by the site where he had dumped the body.

Again, the letter did not immediately point police toward a suspect. Police said the DNA extracted from the condoms was consistent with the DNA found in the condoms in 2004 and the DNA recovered in Tinsley's underwear in 1988, according to the affidavit.

Years passed. The case flickered in and out of the national spotlight.

Thirty years after the grisly murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley, an arrest has been made.

'But then all the sudden we see a lot of people. "And hopefully theyll continue supporting her, and thinking of her, and bringing up her name".

In May, the Fort Wayne Police Department submitted the suspects DNA to Parabon NanoLabs.

Authorities began zeroing in on Miller two weeks ago, after they took a sample of suspect DNA recovered from April's underwear and compared it with DNA in a public genealogy database, according to an affidavit for probable cause.

Police tracked one — John D. Miller — to a trailer park in Grabill, Indiana, outside Fort Wayne.

Two years after the murder, police found a note on a barn close to where her body was found in DeKalb County.

Similar to how investigators followed-up on a possible DNA match for a suspect in the Golden State Killer investigation, detectives conducted surveillance on Miller, and collected further evidence from his trash, including used condoms. When police asked him if he knew why they were there, he reportedly answered "April Tinsley".

Police in IN say they've made an arrest in the decades-old rape and slaying of a little girl whose death was used to taunt not only police but also other young children. The findings included three used condoms, which police sent to the Indiana State Police Laboratory for DNA testing.

Fortunately, there were no subsequent rapes and murders of little girls in Ft.

He told police he abducted the girl, sexually assaulted her and then killed her to keep her from reporting him to the police, according to court documents.

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