August 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Police search in Goodells connected to probe of teen's death near Macomb Orchard Trail

April Millsap (Facebook)

Authorities executed a search warrant Monday in the case of April Millsap, the 14-year-old Armada girl whose body was found last month near the Macomb Orchard Trail.

Although information was limited, Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw confirmed the search took place in Goodells in St. Clair County.

“It is in relation to the April Millsap case and it involves the task force, which is the MSP, FBI and Armada Police Department,” Shaw said.

Shaw declined to identify the search area, what authorities were looking for or how long the process would take.

Police say April left her house July 24 to walk her dog on the trail between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Her body was found hours later in a ditch about 20 feet from the trail.

April died of blunt head trauma and asphyxia due to neck compression, according to a death certificate issued by the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Earlier this month, police dredged a private lake in a nearby subdivision. A day earlier, police stopped vehicles at intersections throughout Armada to question motorists in hopes of generating new leads.

State police are seeking information on a motorcycle that may have been in the area. Authorities also have released a composite sketch of a male with sandy-brown or reddish hair.

FBI Detroit Division Supervisory Special Agent David K. Porter has said investigators were following every lead, including phone records, because a text message was sent from April's cellphone the day she died.

Shaw has said the teen’s family and her boyfriend are not considered suspects in her death.

Anyone with information should call police at (877) 616-4677.