MACOMB COUNTY (WWJ) – April Millsap’s death certificate states that the approximate interval between onset and death was minutes and lists her manner of death as a homicide according to the Detroit Free Press.
The newspaper reports that according to the death certificate filed with the Macomb County Clerk’s Office, Millsap died of blunt head trauma and asphyxia due to neck compression.
Fourteen-year-old Millsap was found dead near a wooded trail on July 24.
Millsap was reported missing by her mother – after she failed to return home from walking her dog, Penny, which she did nearly every night. Her body was found hours later by a couple walking Macomb Orchard Trail near Fulton and Depot roads.
Police released a sketch of a person of interest who was seen on the trail where Millsap had been walking. He is described as a white male, average height, with sandy brown or reddish hair.
MSP Lt. Michael Shaw said on August 1, that there were no suspects in custody in the Millsap case, and that they’re still searching for a person of interest who was seen on the trail where Millsap had been walking.
Meantime, police are continuing to investigate the area where the teen’s body was found.
“One of the things that we do when we do these types of investigations is we always want to canvas the body of water in the area to make sure that there’s no evidence left behind or anything,” said Shaw.
“We didn’t have anything that particularly pointed us to this body of water, but we did have our dive team go in to double check to make sure if any evidence could be recovered,” he said.
Because it’s an ongoing investigation, Shaw said he couldn’t comment on if anything was found.
Anyone with information on Millsap case is urged to contact police at 877-616-4677. Tips may also be submitted online at www.michigan.gov/michtip.