Michigan Cops 'Zeroing In' on Teen Girl's Killer

April Millsap, 14, was killed while walking her dog

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 30, 2014 1:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police in Michigan have made no arrests in the killing of a 14-year-old girl that has made national headlines, but they say they're "zeroing in" on a suspect, reports the Maycomb Daily. April Millsap was killed Thursday evening while walking her dog on a wooded trail in the rural community of Armada, though police have not specified how other than to say she wasn't shot or stabbed, reports MichiganLive. The girl's border collie, Penny, stayed with April and led joggers to her body in a ditch, hours after the killing.

Police confirmed that a text from the girl's phone was sent to her boyfriend, but a Michigan State Police official says earlier reports that it read, “OMG … I think I’m being kidnapped" are not accurate, reports the Detroit Free Press. Authorities say neither the boyfriend nor the girl's relatives are suspects. They have released a composite sketch of a man seen on the trail the day she was killed and are seeking information about a motorcycle also spotted nearby. "We are pretty confident that we are zeroing in on the person who did this, and the person knows that as well," says the police official.

This photo provided by the Millsap family via Michigan State Police shows April Millsap, 14.
This photo provided by the Millsap family via Michigan State Police shows April Millsap, 14.   (AP Photo/Millsap family photo via Michigan State Police)
This image provided by Michigan State Police shows a man wanted as a person of interest in the killing.
This image provided by Michigan State Police shows a man wanted as a "person of interest" in the killing.   (AP Photo/Michigan State Police)
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