April Tinsley cold case: DNA leads to arrest 30 years after murder

80s child sex killer who left used condoms on girls bikes is'caught by DNA website

Police arrested an IN man on Sunday for the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl who was found dead IN a ditch 30 years ago.

Over the course of the past few years, the FBI, Indiana State Police and Fort Wayne Police Department kept interest in the case alive.

According to court documents obtained by the news outlet, when police asked Miller if he had an idea why they were they he said, "April Tinsley".

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

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According to the Indy Star report, Miller confessed to kidnapping, raping and murdering April in his trailer on April 1, 1988, before dumping her body in a ditch. Her mother reported the girl missing to Fort Wayne Police, and three days later her body was discovered along DeKalb County Road 68 in Spencerville.

Officials also found one of April's shoes about 1,000 feet from the body. Police said April had been raped. The killer left his DNA, but authorities couldn't find a match.

In 2004, the killer apparently began leaving horrific notes addressed to other little girls in the Fort Wayne area. Three of the messages were inside plastic baggies with used condos and Polaroid pictures of the senders nude lower body.

DNA found inside the condoms matched that of Tinsley's killer.

"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. 'I am the same person that kidnapped, raped and killed April Tinsely. You are my next victim'. Police began watching Miller, according to court documents.

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DNA from condoms found in 2004 matched the DNA found in Tinsley's underwear, and in 2018 the suspect's DNA was narrowed down to two surviving brothers - John D. Miller was one of them.

According to a probable cause affidavit, authorities pulled DNA evidence out of Miller's trash earlier in the month and returned to his residence Sunday.

Police went to Miller's home on Sunday.

When asked why he thought police were interested in speaking with him, he reportedly said: "April Tinsley". It claimed responsibility for her murder and warned of further killings.

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

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The affidavit says that when confronted by detectives on 15 July, the accused said he abducted April, took her to his trailer and sexually assaulted her.

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