April Marie Tinsley was a child from Fort Wayne, Indiana, she was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered. Her case was investigated by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was covered in the television series America's Most Wanted, Crime Watch Daily, and on Investigation Discovery;30 years later the case was solved via a DNA website.
59-year-old John D. Miller of Grabill, Indiana, allegedly confessed to the murder of 8-year-old April, saying he abducted Tinsley, raped her, choked her to death in his trailer, sodomized her body, and dumped it.
a Fort Wayne Police Department detective sent a sample of the suspect's DNA to the forensics company Parabon Nanolabs which used the genealogy website GEDmatch to identify the suspect's relatives.
Janet Tinsley, the girl's mother heard the killer's confession for the first time in court; “Right now, it's emotional,” said Tinsley, who sat leaning forward in her front-row seat surrounded by family – as Miller spoke. She declined to comment further.
Miller pleaded guilty to charges of murder and child molesting and has agreed to serve an 80-year prison sentence as part of the plea deal.
Miller scheduled to be sentenced in Allen Superior Court. His sentencing is set for Dec. 31.