Three members of the Fort Wayne post of the Indiana State Police were honored Friday in Indianapolis for their investigative work that led to the arrest in the April Tinsley case.
First Sgts. Kevin W. Smith and Mark R. Heffelfinger and Detective Clint M. Hetrick were instrumental in the murder investigation after DNA evidence was collected and submitted to a laboratory.
The investigation led to the arrest of 59-year-old John D. Miller of Grabill. Miller was charged in July with the murder of the 8-year-old girl, whose body was found in April 1988 in DeKalb County after she had been abducted near her downtown Fort Wayne home.
Indiana State Police Supt. Douglas G. Carter presented commendation awards to the three troopers Friday.
According to an ISP statement, “the actions and dedication to duty by Smith, Heffelfinger and Hetrick are in keeping with the finest traditions of law enforcement and reflect great credit upon each of them and the Indiana State Police.”