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  • 31 July 2014, 17:10

Police 'Zeroing In' On Michigan Teen Killer

FBI and state police have searched a home in connection with the murder of a teenager in Michigan who was killed while walking her dog.

The body of 14-year-old April Millsap was found on July 24 in a ditch near a nature trail in the village of Armada.

She was found by joggers, apparently led to the body by April's dog Penny.

April reportedly sent a text to her boyfriend saying: "OMG... I think I'm being kidnapped." Police would not confirm the contents of the message.

Michigan State Police lieutenant Michael Shaw told the Macomb Daily said: "We are pretty confident that we are zeroing in on the person who did this and the person knows that as well."

On Wednesday afternoon they searched a home in Wales Township, about 20 miles (30km) northeast of Armada.

They gave no information on the property but the Detroit Free Press said the home was registered to a 66-year-old convicted sex offender.

Police have also released the sketch of a man seen on the trail but have only said he is a person of interest, without specifying if he is a suspect or a witness.

Police have declared the killing a homicide and have been looking at text messages sent by the girl's phone.

A page on GoFundMe has raised over $2,500 to help April's family organise her funeral, scheduled for Friday.

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