The Indy Star reports that a longtime suspect in a 1988 murder has pleaded guilty in Indiana. In Fort Wayne, John D. Miller pleaded guilty on Friday to child molestation and the murder of an 8-year-old. He faces two felony charges and will be sentenced to 80 years in prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 31.
Miller, 59, was arrested in July after DNA technology and genealogy databases linked him to the crime.
The girl was abducted on April 1, 1988 from her neighborhood and her body was found three days later in a ditch on a country road. DNA was left on her underwear, but the suspect remained unidentified for decades. During that time, he left threatening notes and graffiti in the neighborhood.
In May of 2018, the DNA source was narrowed to either Miller or his brother by a genealogy company. Police started watching Miller’s home and found DNA in his trash that matched the evidence.
When police came to see Miller on July 15, he confessed to the murder and named the victim.
*Photo credit Fort Wayne Police/The Journal-Gazette