Family and supporters gather at April Tinsley's Garden for anniversary

Monday marks 31 years since the disappearance and death of April Tinsley. For many years questions went unanswered until last year when the cold case closed.

Posted: Apr 1, 2019 8:43 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- For the first time April's mother Janet Tinsley met the woman who connected the dots with DNA.

Family and supporters gathered at April's garden this time months later after the case has been solved.

"Last year was the year we didn't know anything. Who it was and then all of a sudden this year it's a lot different. Now we know who it is and now we can do a celebration of her life," Janet Tinsley said.

That's exactly what the family of April Tinsley is doing.

Finding her killer, doesn't bring April back, but Money her family is showing that her legacy will go on.

For the first time Janet and the woman who played a major role in discovering the DNA to solve the case met.

"This case was different. It was the first one. It was the first one I worked where it involved a child. Obviously working a case where a child has been murdered is pretty profound, very emotional, and I was thinking about the tinsleys this whole time. Getting to meet them today was really a wonderful thing," Chief Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore said.

The day of the arrest has come and gone and peace and closure still something that hasn't settled in completely.

"We have some closure. We didn't like the agreement that they gave. We got some closure, but the main closure I'll get is when I know he's not alive no more," Tinsley added.

Usually Moore doesn't get the opportunity to meet the families she's helped, so being a part of this day is even more special, but she said it will continue to be a process for everyone effected.

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