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April Millsap Slaying 'Person of Interest' in Custody

By    |   Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 09:19 AM

The case of April Millsap, a 14-year-old Michigan girl murdered in St. Clair County near Port Huron in July, made progress with authorities' naming of James VanCallis Jr. as a "person of interest."

VanCallis was arrested after authorities searched a home where he lived in a rural area in St. Clair County, according to WXYZ-TV. Authorities took VanCallis and his father, James VanCallis Sr., into custody after discovering marijuana plants in the house.

Joggers found Millsap's body July 24 along a portion of the Macomb Orchard Trail in St. Clair County. A search for her began after she did not return from walking her dog, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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The FBI, Michigan State Police, and local police searched the area in Wales Township on Monday but authorities declined to comment on what they were looking for because the search warrant was sealed, the newspaper reported.

Authorities are holding VanCallis Jr. on a $75,000 bond, according to WXYZ-TV. The television station said that VanCallis Sr. is currently not a suspect in the Millsap case.

"The residents at the home on Marquette Road are extremely disappointed with how the police have handled this investigation," Dean Ankouny, an attorney for the VanCallis family, told WDIV-TV. "Although they have been fully cooperative with investigators from the beginning, their house has been ransacked a second time. They want the harassment to stop."

Jennifer Millsap, April's mother, told WDIV-TV that when her daughter did not return home that evening she started to fear the worst.

"She said, 'I'm taking Penny for walk,'" Jennifer Millsap told the television station. "Then she went into the house, got a bowl of water, got a bottle of water for her. Around 8 o'clock when she wasn't there yet, I started getting worried. That's when they started driving around looking for her."

WDIV-TV reported that when April Millsap was found, she appeared to have been beaten and strangled, but the family dog had remained with her body.

"I don't think she knew who did this," said Jennifer Millsap. "I don't think they knew her. I just think she was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

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The case of April Millsap, a 14-year-old Michigan girl murdered in St. Clair County near Port Huron in July, made progress with authorities' naming of James VanCallis Jr. as a person of interest.
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