Police have arrested a man in the 1988 slaying of an 8-year-old in girl.
Fort Wayne Police and Indiana State Police detectives then put John D. Miller under surveillance at his mobile home in the 13700 block of Main Street in Grabill, where he was the only occupant.
Miller is to make his first court appearance for an initial hearing Monday in Allen Superior Court, the statement said. Police arrested John Miller, 59, of Grabill, Indiana after police extracted DNA from used condoms in his trash. If probable cause is found for the charges, the prosecutor's office will have 72 hours to file formal charges against Miller.
Miller was arrested on suspicion of killing April Tinsley Sunday after he was traced using DNA samples uploaded to public databases.
Tinsley's family left Fort Wayne in 1991 but returned five years ago.
On July 2, the testing company reportedly narrowed the DNA recovered from the suspect in the Tinsley murder to two surviving brothers, including Miller. "I been watching you I am the same person that kinapped an rape an kill Aproil Tinsely you are my next victim (sic)". "(D) id you find the other shoe haha I will kill again".
Two years later, officers were called to a barn that had been vandalized by someone claiming to be Tinsley's murderer.
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. He surfaced several times, police say, posting notes about his involvement with the Tinsley slaying, and handing others to local children.
Police went to Miller's home on Sunday. Her body was found three days after her disappearance in a ditch by a jogger. When asked why he thought police wanted to talk to him, Miller said "April Tinsley", the affidavit reads. Cops believe they've caught her killer.
Tinsley was reported missing about 3 p.m. April 1, 1988, by her mother, a probable cause affidavit filed in the case said.
In May of this year, the affidavit said, a police detective arranged for genetic DNA testing and analysis to be done on the suspect's evidence sample. Police said the DNA extracted from the condoms was consistent with the DNA found in the condoms in 2004 and the DNA recovered in Tinsley's underwear in 1988, according to the affidavit.
Miller was taken to the Allen County Jail, where he is being held on suspicion of murder, child molesting and confinement. Police have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday. In 2004, threatening notes, used condoms, and photos of a man's lower body were left at four locations in the Fort Wayne area, including on the bicycles of young girls. Court records indicate the Tinsley break came thanks to Parabon NanoLabs, the Reston, Virginia-based company at the center of numerous recent cold case arrests.
Upon pressing, Miller admitted that he kidnapped the eight-year-old and later killed her so she would not report him to police. He then told police that he drove April's body to Spencerville the next morning and dumped her in a ditch.