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Miller Pleads Guilty in April Marie Tinsley Killing

A little girl was kidnapped, strangled and murdered 30 years ago. The killer may be going to prison soon.

FT. WAYNE, Ind.--The man arrested for the Murder of April Marie Tinsley, who died in 1988, has pleaded guilty to killing her. John Miller, 59, changed his plea to guilty while in court for a change of venue hearing, reported WOWO.

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Miller was arrested in July after he was identified as a suspect using a genealogy database. Police said Miller admitted to killing Tinsley when he was arrested. He later pleaded not guilty.

He faces 80 years in prison for molesting and killing Tinsley.

Tinsley, 8, went missing April 1, 1988, which was both April Fools and Good Friday. Her mom Janet, walked her up the block and waved her goodbye. When April was on the way to another friend's house, she was abducted.

Tinsley called police.

"They said she was a runaway, and I said, an eight-year-old? A runaway?"

A team of Ft. Wayne police officers and family members put out fliers and drove the city looking for April.

On April 4, her body was found by a jogger in a ditch in DeKalb County, near Spencerville. She'd been molested and suffocated. 

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