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posted by mrpg on Wednesday July 18 2018, @03:33PM   Printer-friendly
from the gotta-attac dept.

Murder suspect due in U.S. court after DNA cracks open 1988 case

A 59-year-old Indiana man will be formally charged on Thursday with the 1988 murder of an eight-year-old girl after the decades-old cold case was cracked open by DNA evidence linked to a genealogical website, authorities said on Tuesday.

John Miller of Grabill, Indiana, was arrested in nearby Fort Wayne on Sunday after DNA evidence and records on publicly accessible genealogical websites helped investigators track him down. Investigators followed a pattern similar to that used to track down the "Golden State Killer" in California earlier this year.

Miller on Monday was preliminarily charged with murder, child molestation and confinement of someone under 14 years old, 30 years after eight-year-old April Tinsley was found dead in a ditch. He has been ordered held without bond.

If you don't hand over your DNA, you want child murderers to frolic in freedom.

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  • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Wednesday July 18 2018, @09:36PM (2 children)

    by captain normal (2205) on Wednesday July 18 2018, @09:36PM (#709015)

    The LEOs don't have to force you to give your DNA. If you or any close retaliative sent DNA to a genetic database (a public record base), that could narrow down the search quite a bit. The all they have to do is watch you till you toss a cigarette but or coffee cup or come by early on garbage day and grab the contents of your trash to extract DNA. Then you lose buddy. Actually this is what happened in this case.

    " The arrest affidavit said that police, using outside labs, compared DNA evidence with information on genealogical websites, which narrowed the search to Miller and his brother.

    Earlier this month, police began to watch Miller, and took three used condoms from his trash, the affidavit said." ---TFA

    IANAL but as far as I know there no statute of limitation for murder and kidnapping in this country.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Wednesday July 18 2018, @10:31PM

    by takyon (881) <> on Wednesday July 18 2018, @10:31PM (#709050) Journal

    While it's true that you don't need to have your own DNA in a database to get caught, it is the next step and has broader implications.

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  • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Thursday July 19 2018, @01:00AM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Thursday July 19 2018, @01:00AM (#709118) Journal

    Here is another case involving a drinking utensil, in this instance turned over by a co-worker: []