Of Indiana arrested a man in 1988 rape, murder of 8-year-old girl after DNA match found on used condoms, police say



Of Indiana arrested a man in 1988 rape, murder after DNA match

An Indiana man was arrested for a 1988 rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl after DNA match found used condoms.

An Indiana man confessed on Sunday to the 1988 rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl after investigators linked evidence found on the body of the child ─ and in a series of creepy notes sent after the murder to DNA samples extracted from used condoms in the defendant’s trash can, court documents showed.

John D. Miller, 59, was arrested at his home in Grabrill and admitted to the authorities he is kidnapped, choked and raped April Tinsley on April 1, 1988, the Indianapolis Star reported, quoting court documents.

The authorities said that they asked Miller if he knew why she with him at home, where he allegedly responded: “April Tinsley.”

In a strange coincidence, on the day of the arrest, Investigation Discovery premiered a new episode of “On the Case with Paula Zahn” detailing Tinsley’s cold case murder and the hunt for the attacker.

A photo of the note left in a barn for two years after the April Tinsley was murdered.


Miller is accused of the murder of 8-year-old, and taunting the police for years after the murder by scrawling messages on a barn door and the leaving of notes around the Fort Wayne area.

Tinsley was the walk to the house of a friend in 1988, when she was abducted from her Fort Wayne area. Her body was discovered three days later in a ditch 20 miles away from the city. Her shoes were about 1000 meters away.


Authorities found DNA evidence on Tinsley’s body, but could not find a match. In 1990, the police discovered a cryptic message written in pencil or chalk, that read: “I kill 8-year-old April Marie Tinsley. I will kill again.”

One of the comments left on cycling in 2004 with the entry of April Tinsley.


Four other comments appeared in 2004 on girls bikes that were left in yards.

“The notes, all on a row of yellow paper, were placed inside baggies along with condoms or Polaroid pictures of the killer’s body. A number of the comments April Tinsley,” the FBI wrote in a 2009 press release.

“Hi honey. I was watching,” a note released by the FBI read. “I am the same person who kidnapped, raped and murdered April Tinsely. You are my next victim.”

Authorities searched for clues for a year. The FBI initially said they believed that the defendant was a preferential child sex offender who had developed “a specific sexual interest in little girls not yet in puberty.”

A photo is included in the disclosure in 2004 of the staff allegedly involved in the Tinsley murder.


Researchers finally a break in the cold case in May 2018. A detective arranged for DNA testing and analysis on the evidence at Parabon NanoLabs, and, in July, the DNA sample is accurately possible suspects Miller and his brother.

The researchers started with the monitoring of the Miller, and looked for the 59-year-old the trash to the collection of three condoms. The DNA on the condoms collected in July found DNA on the condoms left by the 2004 bonds and on the Tinsley underwear.

Miller had initially said the police Sunday he could not recall what happened to Tinsley, but slowly provided gruesome details of the 1988 incident, court documents stated.

April Tinsley was abducted on 1 April 1988.


Miller admitted he took Tinsley to his trailer, raped and murdered her. He described the suffocation of the 8-year-old, so that they would not tell you what happened. He added that Tinsley died on 10 minutes later.

The next day, he dumped the body in Spencerville, according to the court documents.

Miller has been arrested on suspicion of murder, child abuse, and childbirth. He is scheduled to make his first appearance on Monday.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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