Millsap probe focusing on VanCallis' former farm

RICHMOND, Mich. (WXYZ) - 7 Action News has learned authorities are taking a closer look at the property where James VanCallis Jr. grew up, as they continue investigating the April Millsap murder.

VanCallis Jr., is the sole person of interest named by police in the case.

The property is a large farm on 32 mile road, just outside the village of Armada.

The property owner tells 7 Action News, he bought the property from the VanCallis family 7 years ago.

He also said he got a call from police this morning, asking permission to search the property, either today or in the coming days. Officers reportedly wanted to know if they would need a search warrant, or if the property owner would comply. He complied.

Sources say investigators are looking for more physical evidence in the case.

When pressed, Armada Police confirmed today that they contacted the property owner this morning. But officers claim, they simply asked if he had seen any suspicious activity on the property in recent days or weeks. They would not confirm if or when a search may take place.

However, the property owner rents the land to others. One would need his permission to do a search without a warrant.

The farm sits not far from where April's body was found, and not far from the lake where 7 Action News was first to report, her phone was located.

Action News has learned, investigators have searched this area before. And phone records led them to interview some of those living nearby.

The 7 Action News Investigators exclusively uncovered VanCallis's ties to Armada last week  - from his childhood on the farm, to his troubled school days within Armada Area Schools, and the fact that his 14-year-old estranged son was classmates with victim April Millsap. 

Millsap's body was found off a popular jogging trail in Armada on July 24. Millsap's dog originally led joggers to her body who then alerted police.

Police say she was taking her dog for a walk and never returned home.

An autopsy determined that she died from asphyxia and blunt head trauma.

Sources also told 7 Action News, it appeared a sexual assault was about to take place, before the suspect was spooked and fled.

 

 

 

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