Suspect in April Tinsley case formally charged with murder, child molesting

John D. Miller has been formally charged with two felony counts — murder and child molesting — in connection with the rape and killing of 8-year-old April Tinsley.

The Allen County Prosecutor, Karen Richards, represents the state in the paperwork filed on Wednesday. It notes that Miller is scheduled to appear in the courtroom of Judge John Surbeck, Jr. on Thursday.

Miller, 59, was arrested Sunday on preliminary charges of murder, child molestation and criminal confinement in the killing of April.

Investigators examined genealogy databases in the search for Tinsley’s killer, according to an affidavit filed Sunday. California investigators used the same approach to arrest Joseph DeAngelo in April for dozens of rapes and 12 killings in the 1970s and 80s.

April disappeared after leaving her Fort Wayne home on April 1, 1988. She was found dead three days later in a ditch about 20 miles away.

Miller, who’s from Grabill, is being held without bond. Richards said Tuesday that Miller didn’t yet have an attorney.

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