FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - It's 21 years after April Tinsley was murdered at the young age of eight. But, the cold case seems to be picking up steam again.
The FBI is in Fort Wayne now working with local and state police investigators. Agents are paring up with a local officer and looking into 160 leads, both in Indiana and in other states.
"The case has solvability. It's just a matter of getting the right tip at the right time and that's why we're here," FBI Supervisory Special Agent for the Crimes Against Children Unit Robert King said.
A new case command center opened up in the Public Safety Academy on Monday. On any given day around 60 people from seven agencies are working to solve the case.
"Each agency has its own speciality, its own niche, that it's filling," Indiana State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz said.
FBI Acting Supervisory Special Agent Robert Ramsey said the FBI brings a lot of investigative and profiling resources from several divisions.
"There is a lot of team involvement and it's going well," King added.
While the case is decades old, police said every day they get new tips.
"We believe this person is still out there, which is why we are here," Ramsey said.
Ramsey said he didn't know how long the FBI would be in Fort Wayne helping.
"If we get a suspect list to a manageable level or if we eliminate 80 percent of the leads that don't pan out [then we might leave]," Ramsey said.
In March, King said about 60 people spent two days going over the case from top to bottom as if it were day one. Then they took a few months to develop a strategy and Monday the new stage of the investigation was launched.
"They're out on the streets, running down leads, interviewing people and bringing leads to a logical conclusion," Ramsey said.
In April, the Tinsley case was profiled on the national television show, America's Most Wanted.
"Any time you have the opportunity to get a story out on the national level, it's nothing but a benefit," Galaviz said.
Since the show aired, about 100 tips have come in.
"No matter how small the time may seem, it's a tip and one we may not have had 20 years ago. Whether a person feels it's trivial or not, it could be a small piece that ties a larger piece together," Galaviz said.
King said there have been several tips about the newest piece of evidence released to the public: a picture of a bedspread.
"We got calls that night saying, 'I think it was this motel,'" King said.
The calls came from all across the county. The FBI is investigating all the out-of-state leads.
"We've had people call in suggesting the manufacturer of the bedspread," Ramsey said.
Galaviz wouldn't release how close investigators are to solving the case, but said they would keep trying until they did.
"A young, innocent victim like this brings out the best in everybody. Now we have new faces, new eyes, fresh ideas and perspectives in this investigation, and that will help turn this in a positive direction and bring us the outcome we're hoping for," Galaviz said.
Anyone with information can call the Tinsley Case Tip Hotline: (866) 602-7745.
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