Police search pool, Armada trail where April Millsap’s body found

The Detroit News

Authorities searched part of the Macomb Orchard Trail in Armada on Tuesday as part of their investigation into the killing of April Millsap, the teen whose body was found there in July.

Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said the search involved a task force and officials who were continuing their investigation.

“There is no time limit (for the investigation), they are just working the case,” Shaw said. He did not offer details.

MSPand Armada police as well as Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies and reserves combed an area around the head of the trail, near Floral and Depot, and also pumped a pool behind a home near Church and Lathrop.

“This is just proceeding with the investigation,” Armada Police Chief Howard Smith said. He declined to say if anything was recovered.

Shaw said the pool was emptied but nothing was at the bottom.

On the day of April’s funeral last month, police dredged a private lake in an Armada subdivision.

Authorities earlier stopped vehicles at intersections throughout the village to question motorists in hopes of generating new leads.

Police said April left her house between 4:30-5:30 p.m. July 24 to walk her dog on the trail. The girl’s body was found hours later in a ditch about 20 feet from the trail.

She 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.

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

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

A 32-year-old St. Clair County man arrested on marijuana charges has been called a person of interest in the case, but Shaw said that doesn't mean guilt.