Sunday, July 22, 2012

Could April Tinsley's Murder Be Connected?

Yesterday, a reader pointed me to the unsolved murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley, and there are enough similarities between this crime and Amy's to merit some study by police, I think.

April was abducted on April 1, 1988, while walking alone near her family's home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A jogger discovered her body three days later, lying in a ditch in a nearby rural township. Like Amy, police believe April was killed at a different location before being moved to the ditch. Like Amy, she had been sexually assaulted but redressed by her killer. April was missing a shoe. Amy's boots were never found.

Fort Wayne is a 3 1/2 hour drive from Bay Village.

Police believe whoever killed April left a taunting message scribbled into the side of a barn near where the girl's body was found and may have also authored taunting letters delivered to girls in 2004.

We know at least one top suspect in Amy's murder was roaming the countryside in 1987 and 1988, taking odd jobs where he could find them. And he was retiring around the time the letters appeared in 2004. This same suspect went to great lengths to not be fingerprinted, too.

Here's some good news. Fort Wayne police likely have April's killer's DNA. Perhaps it's time we compared that sample to the samples taken from suspects in Amy's murder in 2006.