FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) --- A painful anniversary is recognized in a Fort Wayne crime that occurred a quarter century ago.
Good Friday 25 years ago, 8-year old April Tinsley was reported missing.
We spoke with a retired Fort Wayne detective, who poured his life into trying to solve the girl's molestation and murder.
Dan Camp shared that as soon as he woke up, he made the connection, because Good Friday to him is always “April's Day”.
Tinsley would be 33 years old if she were alive now.
Her parents reported her missing on April first 1988.
An all-out manhunt commenced, but the outcome was not positive.
Her body turned up in a Dekalb County ditch three days later.
Dan Camp worked 16-hour days for months after the crime, trying to get the big break that would lead to an arrest.
But it never happened.
" I was taking it personal, and when you do that, you can't really do justice to the case. So, I decided it would be best if I went back to uniform, and it still bothers me even today, because it's unsolved, it's undone," Camp said.
There was colossal effort expended in attempts to pinpoint the identity of the killer.
Billboards went up around town even as recently as last summer, trying to dredge up new tips from the public.
"America's Most Wanted" featured the case on at least two of its episodes, helping to generate in total around 800 tips.
Police had lots of good evidence to go on.
There were condoms left by the killer, along with notes.
DNA from those pieces of evidence matched DNA from where April's body was found.
Police are still waiting for that breakthrough that could finally put the investigation to rest.
Camp is convinced it's still not too late to link someone to the crime.
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