(6-17-20) Allen County (Indiana) Deputy Coroner Chris Meihls, a former Celina resident and 1982 graduate as a Bulldog, was featured last night on ABC’s ‘The Genetic Detective‘. The episode was a 30 year old cold case of a young Ft. Wayne girl 8-year-old April Tinsley who was killed in 1988.
Meihls had a good example to lead him into a law enforcement career, his dad Bob, was a long-time deputy at the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and also was the county Chief Probation Officer.
The murderer was finally arrested in 2018, John D. Miller (59) was charged with murder, child molesting and criminal confinement of a victim under 14. He is currently serving a life sentence after his conviction.
The new summer show aired last on ABC and features investigative genetic genealogist CeCe Moore as she uses her unique research skills to transform the face of crime solving. By working with police departments and crime scene DNA, Moore is able to trace the path of a violent criminal’s family tree to reveal their identity and help bring them to justice.
THE IDENTITY OF A KILLER WHO TAUNTED POLICE FOR DECADES AFTER MURDERING AN 8-YEAR-OLD IS UNCOVERED ON ABC NEWS’ ‘THE GENETIC DETECTIVE,’
This episode aired on TUESDAY, JUNE 16, ON ABC
“The Deadly Playdate” – The killer of 8-year-old April Tinsley taunted police for decades in Fort Wayne, Indiana, leaving notes and threats with viable DNA samples, but they still couldn’t catch him until now. Interviews featured in the episode include April’s mother, Janet Tinsley, and cousin Kristina Snyder; Fort Wayne Police Department’s Detective Brian Martin and retired detective Danny Jackson; coroner Chris Meihls; retired forensic scientist Linda McDonald; reporter Jamie Duffy; and Parabon Nano Labs’ founder Steve Armentrout and director of bioinformatics Ellen Greytak.
A look back…
ABC You Tube video from 2018-
Chris Meihls 1982 Senior Picture