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Cold case suspect charged with the murder of eight-year-old Indiana girl thanks to modern DNA technology breakthrough

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Man accused of April Tinsley 1988 murder comes in the court

John Miller, accused of April Tinsley 1988 murder, arrives at the court, followed by the Tinsley family.

FORT WAYNE, IND. – Wearing an orange and white jumpsuit with shackles around his wrists and ankles, a 59-year-old John Miller was sitting in a Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the courtroom on Thursday, charged with the detention, mistreatment and murder of eight-year-old April Tinsley.

“Burn in hell!” A Tinsley family member yelled to Miller of the court gallery.

It took 30 years to get to this point.

Tinsley the grisly 1988 murder went unsolved, and chased this small Indiana community for decades.

The police said the girl had gone for a walk near her house and never came back. Her body was found in a ditch three days later.

“All it took was a child to go home a night without adult supervision”, says a passionate Nathan Beck, who has lived for more than a decade just down the block from Miller, past a row of caravans in the near Grabill, Indiana.

John Miller (left) is charged with the 1988 murder of eight-year-old April Tinsley (right)

(Allen County Sheriff’s Department / FBI)

Miller, who had a ‘not guilty’ plea will be entered automatically by the court because a public defender should be assigned to him, often trying to establish a connection with the neighborhood children, according to Beck.

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“When he was out on his porch, he would talk with the children and say: ‘Hello, you’re free.’ And that kind of thing”.

Over the years, mocking comments were left in the area to confess to the crime and threatens to kill again.

The community was on edge.

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The officials of the assistance of a team that cracked the 1988 cold case

Police Had DNA evidence that they believed came from Tinsley’s killer, but for decades, they could not find a match.

That changed in 2015, when the modern technology called “snapshot DNA” was introduced. It took the DNA matching process a major step further.

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“A’snapshot’ in search of the genetic content…it is looking at the DNA for eye color, hair color, skin color, face shape and Origin,” says Steven Armentrout, CEO of Parabon NanoLabs, the Virginia-based company that performed the DNA analysis for Fort Wayne Indiana police.

The snapshot of the DNA information from the evidence in the Tinsley murder was then in a public database, that the connection with Miller.

“This is a great victory for law enforcement,” said FBI agent Jim Keszei at a press conference Tuesday, adding that the matter was resolved by the “dogged determination of those who never gave up”.

Enforcement of the law throughout the country is now able to be in service snapshot DNA and genetic genealogy to solve decades old cold cases.

“It is a “game changer”, said an Indiana State police officer.

The Allen county, Indiana prosecutor Karen Richards warned that anyone who thinks that they got away with a crime because so much time has passed “I think (Miller) is the case tell us something else.”

As technology continues to improve, researchers hope they are able to faster to solve more crimes as the Tinsley murder.

And we offer a number of the closure of a break from the community, such as Fort Wayne.

Ruth Ravve member of the Fox News Channel (FNC) in 1996 and currently serves as a Chicago-based producer.

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