14-year-old April Millsap found dead in Armada, murder investigation now under way

ARMADA, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Armada community is planning to hold a candlelight vigil for the teen girl found murdered in a wooded area Thursday night.

The prayer service is scheduled for Saturday at St. Mary Mystical Rose Church on Main Street at 6:30 p.m.

During a live news conference Friday, Armada Police say the death of a 14-year-old girl has now prompted a murder investigation.

April Millsap's body was found in a wooded area Thursday night. Joggers found her body and alerted police around 8:30 p.m.

The teenager's dog led the joggers to her body.

State Police were called to assist at the scene near Fulton and Depot roads in Armada. The scene is adjacent to a residential area.

According to police, the teenager went to walk her dog and did not return home. Family members noticed a police presence in the area and went to check it out. That's when they were notified that April's body had been found.

At this time, Michigan State Police are looking for a Long Grey Box Van that was seen in the area of the crime scene. The van is being described as a painters-style van that has dents all over it. Two white men were seen in the van.

Detectives are also trying to locate a motorcyclist that was seen in the area. Witnesses say they saw a young man riding a small blue and white motorcycle on the trail around the time April was killed. 

It has not been determined what, if any role the van or motorcycle has in the investigation. If you were in the area in a similar type van or riding a similar type of motorcycle, or know someone who was, you are asked to call police at 1-877-616-4677 or visit www.michigan.gov/michtip .

Grief counseling will be held at Armada Middle School from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 26.

A fund has been set up to help the family pay for funeral expenses. You can contribute at any Fifth Third Bank. Any checks should be labeled "For the benefit of April Millsap."

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