Suspect in 1988 killing of Indiana girl, 8, appears in court


IN authorities have arrested a man they believe is responsible for a 30-year-old cold murder case, which included the sexual assault and death of an 8-year-old girl.

Investigators with the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Indiana State Police said they arrived at Miller's home on Sunday morning and asked him if he "had any idea why the police wanted to talk to him", according the documents.

Miller is to make his first court appearance for an initial hearing Monday in Allen Superior Court, the statement said.

On July 6, the affidavit said, a covert trash search was conducted at Miller's residence in an attempt to locate any items that might contain his DNA. Prosecutors have 72 hours to file formal charges in the case.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on April 8, 1988 police found Tinsley's body in a ditch in Spencerville - about 20 miles from Fort Wayne.

Over the course of the past few years, the FBI, Indiana State Police and Fort Wayne Police Department kept interest in the case alive. The findings included three used condoms, which police sent to the Indiana State Police Laboratory for DNA testing.

Authorities said DNA testing this year finally led them to Miller.

Another threatened: "Hi Honey I Been watching you I am the same person that kinapped an Rape an kill Aproil Tinsely, you are my next vitem". In 1990, police found the phrase "I kill 8 year old April M Tinsley did you find her other shoe haha I will kill agin" written in a local barn, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This time, police found three used condoms in three different in towns with notes attached to them.

Suspect in 1988 killing of Indiana girl, 8, appears in court
Suspect in 1988 killing of Indiana girl, 8, appears in court

Police went to Miller's home on Sunday.

Miller allegedly admitted kidnapping Tinsley and then sexually assaulting and killing her at his Grabill home before dumping her body on April 2, 1988, according to the affidavit, which was filed Sunday. Despite an intensive search, police were unable to find her killer.

Miller, 59, was arrested on preliminary murder, child molesting and criminal confinement charges in Tinsley's death.

He said he choked her, and that it took ten minutes for April to die.

Suspected serial killer Joseph James DeAngelo, known as the Golen Stater Killer, was arrested after police used the same technique to track him down in April.

In 2004, 16 years after April's death, the killer left threatening notes, photos and used condoms on three girl's bicycles and in a mailbox in the Fort Wayne area.

And in the intervening years, the killer - whose DNA was found on April's underwear - taunted cops and citizens with lurid notes. Earlier this year, Parabon NanoLabs told that it had uploaded DNA data from about 100 crime scenes to the free genealogy site GEDmatch. Authorities plan to offer additional information at a news conference on Tuesday. The same message demanded the young girl report the note to the police; the writer said that if he didnt see a report on the message in the newspaper or local TV, he would blow up the childs house.

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

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