Police make arrest in connection with 30 year old cold case

April Tinsley went missing

April Tinsley went missing

Authorities say John Miller of Grabill agreed to speak with police Sunday in Fort Wayne and made incriminating statements about abducting, assaulting and killing April Tinsley. According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Allen County Superior Court, Miller confessed when questioned about Tinsleys death.

On July 6, police searched Miller's trash in an attempt to find items bearing the suspect's DNA, according to court documents.

Miller is now booked in the Allen County Jail. When detectives asked him if he had any idea why there were there, Miller reportedly responded, "April Tinsley", the affidavit said.

On April 4, her body was found by a jogger in a ditch in DeKalb County, near Spencerville.

Thirty years ago, the 8-year-old Tinsley was abducted from her south-central Fort Wayne neighborhood as she walked to a friend's home to pick up an umbrella.

Teresa Tinsley and her niece's husband wore bright blue T-shirts that said, "Never Forgotten, Always Remembered" on the front and "April Marie Tinsley 1980-1988" on the back.

When police arrested Miller, he allegedly detailed how he killed Tinsley, telling investigators he choked her to death after sexually assaulting her.

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"Hi honey", one note read, according to a picture released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

April's father still is struggling with whether police really have the right man this time because there have been other suspects over the years that didn't turn out to be valid, she said. Miller, 59, is expected to appear in court on Monday. But the DNA material recovered from the condoms did match the evidence recovered from Tinsleys underwear — concretely linking the deranged 2004 notes with the 1988 killing. Once again, the cold case was cracked thanks to the dramatic scientific breakthrough pairing forensic DNA with genealogical research. 'I am the same person that kidnapped, raped and killed April Tinsely.

According to indystar.com, when investigators asked why he thought they were there, Miller answered 'April Tinsley'.

'You are my next victim'.

Investigators said they arrested Miller after using a genealogy database to narrow down the DNA match to either him or his brother. Investigators pulled trash from the location, including three used condoms Miller had allegedly discarded. Then he dumped her body the next day.

Miller, of the 13700 block of Main Street in Grabill, was arrested on preliminary charges of murder, child molesting, and criminal confinement.

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