April Tinsley: DNA snares man in IN girl's 1988 murder

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

However, the case stalled when investigators were unable to link that DNA to a suspect. Prosecutors have 72 hours to file formal charges in the case. When asked to explain what happened to Tinsley, Miller looked at police and said "I can't", according to court documents. Police have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday.

John Miller, 59, was arrested Sunday for the abduction, rape and murder of April Tinsley more than three decades ago in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

It matched that discovered in condoms left draped across three girl's bikes close to where April disappeared in 2004.

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

The disturbing notes were found inside baggies along with used condoms or Polaroid pictures of the killer's body, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

The mysterious killer's taunting messages admitting to the crime, scrawled on a barn door and on paper notes threatening to kill again, only added to the desire to solve the cold case.

Investigators developed a DNA profile from the condoms, and "it was determined to be consistent with the profile developed from the underwear of April M. Tinsley". Wayne police officers and family members put out fliers and drove the city looking for April. Brian Martin arranged for genetic DNA testing and analysis to be done on the evidence from the possible Tinsley murder suspect.

Using public genealogy databases, police were able to narrow down the suspects to two brothers.

In May, Moore's research led to the arrest of a man in Washington State in connection with 1987 double murder there, news reports said.

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The case had echoes of the arrest of the alleged "Golden State Killer" earlier this year, who was arrested and charged in California earlier this year after police used DNA and a genealogy database to match Joseph DeAngelo to the killing of at least 13 people from the 1970s and 1980s.

On July 6, police secretly collected trash from Miller's residence to see if they could find any items that contained his DNA.

Earlier today, Fort Wayne Police Det.

Court documents reveal a break in the case in May of 2018. The first-grader's body was found by a jogger three days later in a ditch along a road in southern DeKalb County.

Once brought in to the police station on Sunday, officers asked Miller if he knew why he was being questioned and responded: "April Tinsley".

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.

Miller then admitted to abducting April from Hoagland Street in Fort Wayne on April 1, 1988, taking her to his trailer, raping her and killing her, court documents said. He also had found one of her shoes in his auto, and he threw that out the vehicle window along the ditch as he drove by.

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.

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