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.
Miller was arrested at his home in Grabill on Sunday, July 15 for the murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley in 1988. Police arrested John Miller, 59, of Grabill, Indiana after police extracted DNA from used condoms in his trash.
The case saw new life in 1990, when her killer scrawled a message on a barn door: "I kill 8-year-old April Marie Tinsley".
The same court papers say he subsequently admitted abducting April, taking her to his trailer, having sex with her and killing her. They have until Thursday to formally charge him with Tinsley's rape and murder. It wasn't immediately known if Miller has a lawyer who could comment on the arrest.
The Fort Wayne girl's body was found three days after her April 1988 abduction in a ditch about 20 miles away.
April left her family's home on West Williams Street on April 1, 1988.
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.
Prosecutors will hold a news conference on Tuesday to give more details about how they identified Miller as their suspect.
'I am the same person that kidnapped, raped and killed April Tinsely.
April Tinsley cold case: DNA leads to arrest 30 years after murder
"April Tinsley", he allegedly replied, according to the affidavit.
Fourteen years later, four messages were sent to other young girls in the area, along with used condoms and polaroid photos, promising that they were next on the killer's list, the Post said. Her body was found three days after her disappearance in a ditch by a jogger. "I will kill again" (sic). He surfaced several times, police say, posting notes about his involvement with the Tinsley slaying, and handing others to local children. Police said she'd been raped, but were not able to track down a suspect through DNA.
Miller now faces charges of murder, child molestation and criminal confinement.
According to the affidavit, forensic examination of Tinsley's underwear found DNA from an unknown male.
On Sunday, two detectives approached Miller outside his trailer and asked him to come to the police station to talk.
On May 11 of this year, Fort Wayne Police Det.
Thirty years after the grisly murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley, an arrest has been made. Miller told police he choked her for about 10 minutes until she died, so she would not report him to the police, the affidavit said.
It was featured on America's Most Wanted and Crime Watch Daily, and even as police were putting the cuffs on Miller, the case was scheduled to be featured on an upcoming edition of On The Record With Paula Zahn, according to The Indianapolis Star.
The suspect told police he disposed of her body in a ditch the following day.