Funeral held for girl, 14, found dead in ditch

Strangers joined family and friends Friday at the funeral of a 14-year-old girl found slain along a nature trail in northern Macomb County.
AP Wire
Aug 2, 2014


Some mourners wore pink to St. Mary Mystical Rose Catholic Church in Armada in remembrance of April Millsap. Trees, poles, fences and signs also were adorned with pink ribbons.

Joggers found April's body July 24 in a drainage ditch along the Macomb Orchard Trail in Armada. The recent middle school graduate disappeared while walking her dog. Investigators continue hunting for the killer.

She was "somebody's daughter, somebody's friend," Brenda Szalka told the Detroit Free Press.

The Szalka family lives in Armada Township. They didn't know April, but attended Friday's funeral.

"On behalf of the community, we are dumbfounded by the violence," said Ron Szalka, Brenda's husband.

Hours after April's funeral, police searched a private lake in the area. Searches of lakes and other bodies of water near crime scenes is normal, state police Lt. Mike Shaw told The Detroit News.

On Thursday, police and FBI agents were stopping vehicles entering and leaving the southeastern Michigan village, about 35 miles northeast of Detroit.


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