During a press conference today, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said that Vancallis is facing charges of first-degree murder, felony murder and assault with intent to commit sexual contact.
On August 19th, 2014, Michigan State Police indicated that a 32-year-old Wales Township man, James VanCallis Jr. was considered a person of interest in the death of a 14 year old April Millsap.
Investigators executed a search warrant in July on a home located at 8744 Marquette Road in Wales Township, Michigan where they arrested James VanCallis Sr. and James VanCallis Jr. on drug charges.
At the time of her murder and subsequent autopsy, authoritieswere not releasing how 14 year old April Millsap was killed. The only information that was released at that time was that there were no apparent signs of trauma, including gunshot or knife wounds. Disturbing new details were then revealed.
It was later learned that April did not have a chance whatsoever. She was attacked violently and quickly. April was beaten and strangled to death.
April Millsap was discovered in the evening on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 murdered near the Macomb Orchard Trail. She was found in a drainage ditch about 10 to 15 feet off of trail. The young girls body was located in the area of Fulton and Depot roads at 8:25 p.m.
According to police, the teenager went to walk her dog between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and did not return home. Her border collie, Penny, stayed with April until she was found by passing joggers.
The medical examiners report states that April died from Blunt Force Trauma to the head and Asphyxia due to neck compression. That means whomever killed her acted quickly.