April Tinsley’s killer to spend 80 years behind bars

After 30 years, Fort Wayne's most notorious cold case has been put to rest. 

April Tinsley’s cousins share emotions about suspected killer

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – "She can rest in piece knowing that the person is caught," April Tinsley’s cousin, James Tinsley reacts to the news of a 30-year-old cold case, finding a new breakthrough.  John D. Miller, the suspect in police custody for the rape and murder of 8-year-old Tinsley in April of ’88. Elizabeth Tinsley, who is James wife, "He [Miller] deserves way more than just a sentence." The family talks about when they first heard…

Children play softball across the street from Miller’s home

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — No more than 30 yards away from the residence of John Miller, the dust settles on a softball field. Girls between the ages of 11 and 17 are practicing for the first time since Miller was arrested for the brutal rape and murder of 8 year old April Tinsley, right across the street. "It’s pretty eerie and creepy that somebody like that has been this close to our kids," says Kim Funk, a mother of a softball player. Monday, Funk says…

Tinsley’s aunt: describes murder defendant as a ‘monster’

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — She expected a "monster" and believes the man she saw fit the description to a "T". That’s what a relative of April Tinsley said Monday, after witnessing the initial court appearance for the alleged killer in the high-profile murder case.

April Tinsley case timeline

(Fort Wayne’s NBC) — 59-year-old John D. Miller was arrested Sunday in connection with the rape and murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley in 1988. 

Grabill community, where arrested suspect lives, reacts to the April Tinsley case

GRABILL, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The Grabill community reacted to the news of a 30 year old cold case, they were shocked to hear that an arrest had been made in the April Tinsley case. The murder and rape of Tinsley happened on April 1st, 1988.  "I would drive every morning from work and I would see him get out of his car, and I couldn’t imagine that it would even be him," said one Dawn Muller, a neighbor to the arrested suspect.  "He’s running aroun…

April Tinsley Tragedy: DNA leads to arrest

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – -The role of DNA in criminal investigations has grown tremendously over the years. Now, investigators are crediting cutting edge technology for an arrest in the April Tinsley murder case. Fort Wayne’s NBC spoke with Genealogist Cee Cee Moore with Parabon Nanolabs. She is listed in court documents for helping to lead police to John D. Miller.  Moore says this is the sixth cold case this year, in the U.S alone, to use the public genealogy data…


Bitter cold then rain Tuesday night

Bitter cold then rain Tuesday night

Dangerously cold temps are in place as we are below zero across the viewing area. Wind chills of 20 below

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As the temperatures dip, several Fort Wayne organizations say they are ready to help shelter those in need.

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