In March of 2004, a 5-year-old girl found a note tucked inside a plastic bag in a basket used as a flower pot. The note read,"Hi Honey I Been watching you. I am the same person that kidnapped an Rape an kill Aproil tinsely here is a present foR yo you are my next vitem." A used condom was also found in the bag. Authorities believe that this is not the first clue left by the killer.
He apparently scribbled a message in crayon on a barn in 1990. He also allegedly left four notes for other children in the Fort Wayne area several years later. the notes contained condoms and/or Polaroid photos of the killer's body. The FBI Child Abduction Response Deployment (CARD) team is attempting to reopen the investigation. FBI: April Tinsley: Part 1
FBI: April Tinsley, April Tinsley
DNA evidence from April's body and from the condoms does not match any known suspect to date.The FBI behavioral profile of the killer is as follows: A white male currently in his 40s or 50s who prefers and desires sexual contact with children. The offender likely has "strong ties" to northeast Fort Wayne and Allen County. If you have any information on the Tinsley case, call the Fort Wayne police at (866) 602-7745 or contact your nearest FBI office.
Update 11-25-11: Not much new in this case. However, in the comments, Profiler has posted in the comments what he or she believes is a profile of the perpetrator. If anyone has any information, call (866) 602-7745.
Update 12-22-11: Here is a previous profile of the perpetrator: LINK.
Fort Wayne Police and Indiana State Police detectives had John D. Miller under surveillance at his mobile home in the 13700 block of Main Street in Grabill. Contrary to some of the poster's theories, he lived alone.
On July 6, police secretly collected trash from Miller’s residence which included three used condoms. Indiana State Police Laboratory analyzed for DNA. On July 9, Indiana State Police lab confirmed that the DNA profile extracted from the condoms in Miller’s trash matched the DNA profiles of the condoms found in 2004 and the DNA found in Tinsley’s underwear. Game over. Fort Wayne Police Det. Brian Martin and Indiana State Police Det. Clint Hetrick arrested Miller at his home. When police asked him if he knew why they wanted to talk with him, Miller reportedly said, “April Tinsley.”