Arrest made in 1988 slaying of Indiana girl

Arrest made in 1988 slaying of Indiana girl

Arrest made in 1988 slaying of Indiana girl

DNA evidence links an IN man to the murder 30 years ago of an eight-year-old girl, police say.

Authorities say John Miller, of IN, agreed to speak with police IN Fort Wayne, IN the midwestern USA state, and made incriminating statements about abducting, assaulting and killing April Tinsley.

Miller is scheduled to appear in Allen Superior Court Monday morning for an initial hearing.

A recent search of Miller's garbage led police to a DNA match.

The same court papers say he subsequently admitted abducting April, taking her to his trailer, having sex with her and killing her. It is thought that formal charges will be brought against Miller this week. Parabon Nanolabs is a genetics company that has been credited for helping to solve several cold cases recently, including the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, the man known as the "Golden State Killer".

The last time 8-year-old April Tinsley was seen alive, a man was dragging her into a beat-up blue pickup truck in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A photo of April Tinsley was placed in the gardendedicated in her honour close to where she disappeared in Fort Wayne.

"Hi Honey I Been watching you I am the same person that kinapped an Rape an kill Aproil Tinsely", the messages said. A genealogist using the labs findings narrowed the possible suspects to two brothers, including Miller, police said. The DNA was taken from the used condoms and evidence from the crime scenes, according to court documents.

Police used DNA taken from condoms recovered July 6 from outside Miller's home and in 2004 from three other locations to identify the alleged killer. Her body was discovered in a ditch three days later about 20 miles away. "D$3 id you find the other shoe haha I will kill again".

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"Hi honey, I been watching you", read one note released by Federal Bureau of Investigation officials at the time.

John D. Miller, 59, was preliminarily charged with murder, child molesting and criminal confinement of a victim under 14, according to Allen County Court's website.

The police obtained Miller's DNA as they collected several items from his trash, which included three used condoms, the affidavit said.

Sunday, Miller was called in for questioning and when asked if he knew why the police wanted to talk to him - he replied "April Tinsley".

Investigators developed a DNA profile from the condoms, and "it was determined to be consistent with the profile developed from the underwear of April M. Tinsley".

For more than 30 years, the mystery of who murdered the 8-year-old IN girl haunted Fort Wayne and frustrated detectives.

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

After she died, Miller told investigators he violated her again, and then dumped her body in Spencerville, Indiana.

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

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