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

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

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

When detectives asked him if he had any idea why there were there, Miller reportedly responded, "April Tinsley", the affidavit said. If you don't report this to police or I don't see this in the paper tomorrow or the local news I well blow up you house killing everyone but you.

However, the case stalled when investigators were unable to link that DNA to a suspect.

Two years after the killing, the words "I kill 8 year old April M Tinsley did you find her other shoe haha I will kill agin" were found scrawled on a barn in the area, reports the News-Sentinel.

Miller wore a blue jumpsuit, his feet and hands shackled as he appeared Monday before an Allen County judge, who asked him if he understood the preliminary charges he faces.

In May 2018 - just two weeks after police in California used genetic DNA testing analysis to arrest the Golden State Killer - Fort Wayne Police detective Brian Martin arranged for genetic DNA testing in April Tinsley's case.

More than 14 years later in 2004 the killer resurfaced in the form of threatening messages placed on young girls' bicycles, marking them as potential targets.

One chilling note released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation reads: 'Hi honey.

"Yes", Miller replied during the hearing attended by several of Tinsley's relatives, WANE-TV reported.

But still, they didn't have a suspect.

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The investigation of the case also is continuing by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Indiana State Police, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Allen County Sheriff's Department and the prosecutor's offices in Allen and DeKalb counties, the prosecutor's office announcement said.

The case came back into the national spotlight in April when the slain child's mother Janet Tinsely held a balloon release in her honor. "But then all the sudden we see a lot of people". Cops believe they've caught her killer.

Unbeknownst to Janet or the investigators, the case would be blown open the following month.

Documents show that the arrest was not the result of intense media attention over the years — the case was featured twice on Americas Most Wanted as well as a 2016 episode of Crime Watch Daily — nor the repeated pleas for information that followed the 30th anniversary of Tinsleys death last April. That led investigators to two men: Miller and his brother, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police were able to match the DNA from the 2004 notes and condoms to the samples found on April's body in 1988, confirming the incidents were connected.

He was arrested a week and a half later.

He reportedly told police he choked her to death so that she would not report him to the police.

They surveilled his trailer home and were able to obtain DNA samples from three used condoms in his trash.

Image copyright CBS News/WANE Image caption John D Miller is being held without bail until he is formally charged later this week. Police have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday.

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