Editor’s Note: Ladies, mothers, fathers: it is never a disadvantage to know how to protect your life or to teach your child how to protect their life. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Millsap family as they are dealing with the loss of their daughter.
A 14-year-old girl found murdered and dumped in a drainage ditch in Michigan last week sent a frantic text to her boyfriend around the same time she was killed saying: ‘Omg. … I think I’m being kidnapped.’
Police do not know who whether the text was actually sent by the victim, April Millsap, whose body was found by joggers last Thursday off the popular Macomb Orchard Trail in Armada, some 35 miles northeast of Detroit.
No arrests have been made, but a sketch of the male suspect has been released.
Investigators say they are looking for a man in his 20s with medium-length curly hair.
The man had been seen in the area where April was murdered, according to The New York Daily News.
She was walking her dog, Penny, who was guarding her body and barked at the passers-by who inevitably found April.
April generally walked her dog on the trail every night.
Police have not released how April died, but have confirmed she was not shot or stabbed.
Around 600 tips about the case have been reported.
‘There’s no such thing as a tip that’s not worthwhile,’ Armada police Chief Howard Smith said at a Sunday news conference.
‘We’re especially interested in any information from anyone who was on the trail between 6.20pm and 8.20 pm.’
‘Even the smallest bit of information could be helpful.’
The terrifying text message is one of the biggest clues.
‘We don’t know who sent it — if it was April, if it was the killer, or someone else,’ Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw told the Free Press.
Police also said they are looking for a grey van ‘painter’s-type’ box van with dents all over it that was spotted in the area.