Pictured: Victim – April Marie Tinsley

FORT WAYNE, IN, COLD CASE → April Tinsley was your typical eight year old but that all changed on good Friday, April 1st, 1988, also known as ”April fools day”. April was on her way home from a friend’s house in Fort Wayne, Indiana when she was kidnapped, raped and murdered by an unknown killer,  Three days later, her body was found on the side of the road, approximately 20 miles away, in an area of farmland.

Fort Wayne police department and other law enforcement agencies worked around the clock looking for April’s killer, media ended up drawing in many tips and leads which all lead to dead ends. April’s case has even made it to ‘America’s Most Wanted’ to no avail. However, John Walsh, host of the show, visited Fort Wayne on August 20th, 2012 to film the second episode of April’s murder hoping for answers or information.

Very little information or details are known about the killer. He is male, Caucasian or Hispanic and was last seen in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Below is a composite sketch of what April’s killer might look.

Two years after the murder of April Tinsley, a note appeared on a barn door near where her body was found. The note, seen below, read “I kill 8 yea old April Marie Tinsley. I will kill again”  Near the message, “ha ha” was faintly scrawled. Fourteen more years had passed when four more notes in a similar handwriting began appearing at several Fort Wayne residences. Three were left on little girls’ bikes; the fourth was in a mailbox. Whom ever wrote the notes claimed responsibility for the murder of April Tinsley and threatened to kill again.  They were written on yellow lined paper and placed in baggies that included used condoms and/or Polaroid photos. The notes stopped in 2004 and the killer hasn’t been heard from since. This could indicate a couple of things, he passed away or is currently in jail for a separate crime.

Police say this note was placed in a ziplock bag that also included a condom. They also say the DNA on the condom matches the DNA found on April Tinsley.

Police say this note, pictured above, was written by the killer , it was placed in a zip-lock bag that also included a condom. They also say the DNA found on the condom, matched the DNA found on April Tinsley.

_____FBI Profiler Jennifer Eakin says writing experts believe that the killer may have the writing disorder known as disgraphia.

FBI Profiler Jennifer Eakin says writing experts believe that the killer may
have the writing disorder known as disgraphia.

Authorities found this sex toy 20 feet from the crime scene. The device is called a Ben Wa Squirmy Manual Crank, and investigators are looking for more information on the device.

Authorities found this sex toy 20 feet from the crime scene. The device is
called a Ben Wa squirmy Manual Crank, and investigators are looking for more
information on the device.

A disturbing threat was scrawled across a barn door in Fort Wayne, Ind., two years after April Tinsley was brutally killed. Cops believe the person responsible for April

A disturbing threat was scrawled across a barn door in Fort Wayne, Ind., two
years after April Tinsley was brutally killed. Cops believe the person
responsible for April’s murder is the same person who wrote this message.

Cops say this bedspread may be a key clue in identifying April

Cops say this bedspread may be a key clue in identifying April’s killer.
Included with the fourth and final note he left specifically for a young Fort
Wayne girl to see, were pictures of the suspect himself lying on a blue-green,
paisley-patterned bedspread.

Whoever murdered April Tinsley enjoyed taunting the young girl’s family, police, and the community, especially other little girls. The sick man got some type of twisted pleasure out of it. He needs to be caught, dead or alive so April Marie Tinsley and her family and anyone who has been victimized by this individual, can have justice and closure.

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please leave a tip by calling or emailing: +1-866-60A-PRIL or email aprilinfo@ci.ft-wayne.in.us

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