Police: Millsap family and boyfriend "eliminated" as suspects, van no longer sought in investigation

ARMADA, Mich. (WXYZ) - Investigators tell 7 Action News, April Millsap's family and her boyfriend, have been "eliminated" completely as suspects in her murder.

Earlier in the day, police said they were not being "considered suspects".

This, as friends close to the family tell 7 Action News, her parents are planning their daughter's funeral and are asking for privacy.

The news that those close to April have been eliminated from the investigation is leading many to wonder if an outsider committed this crime--and if they are safe in their small village.

Police sources close to the investigation told 7 Action News that those living in Armada should not let their guard down and should not think that violent crime can't happen there.

7 Action News also learned Tuesday that the grey van police had been looking for previously is no longer a part of the investigation. The lead was vetted and it became a dead end.

Investigators told 7 Action News Investigator Jonathan Carlson, their sole focus is now on finding any motorcycle rider who may have been on the trail at the time of April's murder. The color of the motorcycle does not matter, they now say, as they previously were looking for a specific kind.

We have also learned that more than 500 tips have come in so far to investigators since they launched their investigation.

Meanwhile, police have released a composite sketch of a person of interest in the murder.

He likely has sandy brown or reddish hair but few other descriptive details were released with the sketch.

Police would also like to speak with anyone on the Macomb Orchard Trail between 6:20 and 8:20 p.m.

Millsap's body was found in a wooded area on the trail on Thursday by joggers who alerted police around 8:30 p.m. The teenager's dog led the joggers to her body.

According to police, Millsap took her dog for a walk and did not return home.

Family members discovered April's body had been found after noticing a police presence in the area.

An autopsy was conducted, but police are not releasing a cause of death.

If you have any information please call 1-877-616-4677 or visit www.michigan.gov/michtip .

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