Michigan State Police name James Van Callis Jr. a 'person of interest' in murder of April Millsap

PORT HURON, Mich. (WXYZ) - Michigan State Police now say 32-year-old James VanCallis Jr. is a "person of interest" in connection to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.

The move comes after investigators executed a second search warrant Monday in Goodells, Michigan which is located in St. Clair County. Both searches have taken place at the VanCallis family home.

VanCallis Jr. and his father James VanCallis Sr., were both taken into custody on drug charges in the first raid weeks ago. 

Police say VanCallis Sr., is not a person of interest in the Millsap case.

Both father and son appeared before a Port Huron judge Tuesday, on the drug charges. VanCallis Sr. is out on bond. VanCallis Jr., is still in custody, and appeared in a prison suit.

In the first raid, police found 52 marijuana plants in the VanCallis home. VanCallis Jr. is only allowed to have 36 plants per his medical marijuana license.

VanCallis Jr. is being held on $75,000 bond. His lawyer said Tuesday, the family would try to get him released from jail. VanCallis Sr. and his family declined to comment when leaving court Tuesday.

Lt. Michael Shaw with MSP said, "If we didn't have a good search warrant, a judge wouldn't have signed it. And we wouldn't be there," he said of Monday's search. Of VanCallis Jr., "He is a person of interest in our investigation in Armada. We are looking at him."


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