For over three decades, the killer behind the abduction and murder of April Tinsley has evaded Indiana investigators—until now.
Thanks to advances in DNA technology, John D. Miller was officially charged with murder, child molestation, and criminal confinement of a victim under 14. Messages Miller sent to four young girls years after the murder also helped put him behind bars.
In a police interview, Miller reportedly admitted to kidnapping, raping, and choking April—who was 8 years old at the time—to death. In court on Monday, Miller was given no bond, and his next hearing is scheduled for July 19.
So, what happened to April Tinsley?
On Good Friday in 1988, April was abducted in her Fort Wayne, Indiana neighborhood. Her mother, Janet Tinsley, reported her missing that evening, but her body was not discovered until three days later.