Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

DNA helps cops crack 30-year-old child killer cold case

DNA helps cops crack 30-year-old child killer cold case

A cold case killer, who sent chilling "I-been-watching-you" notes to young girls years after murdering eight-year-old April Tinsley in 1988 in IN, is the latest suspect to be caught using advances in ancestral DNA sleuthing.

April Tinsley's killer spent decades taunting police, leaving behind clues that later helped police in Fort Wayne, Indiana crack the case, according to court documents.

WANE-TV reports Miller appeared Monday morning before an Allen County judge, who gave prosecutors 72 hours to formally charge Miller in the killing. In 1990, police found the phrase "I kill 8 year old April M Tinsley did you find her other shoe haha I will kill agin" written in a local barn, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In Tinsley's case, Moore determined her murderer was either Miller or his brother.

Prosecutors have until Thursday to file formal charges. However, the investigators were unable to catch the child-killer, John D. Miller, who had killed Tinsley in the month of April.

The Fort Wayne girl's body was found in a ditch three days after her April 1988 abduction about 32 kilometres away.

The 8-year-old girl disappeared on April 1, 1988 in Fort Wayne as she was walking home from visiting a friend.

"Hi honey. I been watching you", read one note released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the Star.

Meanwhile, police went through hundreds of suspects - none of them Miller - and cleared them all due to lack of evidence.

"I kill 8 year old April Marie Tisley I will kill agin", the message said. He answered "April Tinsley", before admitting the crime to investigators, according to court documents.

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The notes - some left on little girls' bicycles - were found inside bags with used condoms or Polaroid photographs of the killer's body.

On the following Monday, a jogger on a rural country road about 20 miles outside of the city made a gruesome discovery: Aprils body at the bottom of a ditch. "I will kill again". After allegedly dumping her body, Miller said he later found one of her shoes in his vehicle, which he dumped into another ditch. When detectives asked him if he had any idea why there were there, Miller reportedly responded, "April Tinsley", the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, forensic examination of Tinsley's underwear found DNA from an unknown male.

On July 9, investigators learned that the DNA from the used condoms found in Miller's trash matched the DNA from the condoms found in 2004, and the DNA found on the victim.

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

According to a probable cause affidavit, Detectives told him they had a DNA match in the rape and murder of Tinsley.

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

The suspect told police he disposed of her body in a ditch the following day.

Wayne reports John D. Miller 59, has been charged with murder, confinement and child molesting.

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