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Police Take 2 Men Into Custody On Drug Charges, Possible Questioning In Case Of Murdered Teen

WALES TWP., Mich. (WWJ) - Police took a registered sex offender and his son into custody in St. Clair County as the search goes on for the killer of 14-year-old April Millsap of Armada.

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James Bernard VanCallis. (Online Registry)

Neighbor George Dickerson watched at James VanCallis, was led out of the house, shouting that he was being arrested for possessing marijuana.

Earlier, police took his son into custody.

Dickerson says the FBI and State Police were at the home for hours, leaving with a lot of evidence.

"They definitely took a lot of things out of the home," said Dickerson. "Furniture, you know, bags of stuff ... a chair, looked like some cushions maybe."

A neighbor, who didn't want to be named, said officers remained at the home on Marquette Street in Goodells for hours.

"We knew, he, the one, was a registered sex-offender so - the whole neighborhood knew that," she said.

Online records show VanCallis, 66, is a registered sex offender, reportedly living at the address on Marquette. VanCallis was convicted in 1995 of second degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13, as well as a conviction of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person between 13-16.


Neighbor Laurie Fraley says the son rode a motorcycle similar to the one police have described in their search for a person of interest, but other neighbors state they're not sure if he looks like the person in the composite sketch.

"Since this all happened I haven't seen him ride that past my house," said Fraley. "So that's where it's kind of scary."

Police say the men were arrested for marijuana possession and are not stating this has any connection to the murder of 14-year-old April Millsap.

Millsap was reported missing by her mother last Thursday after she failed to return home from walking her dog, which she did nearly every night. Her body was found hours later by a couple walking Macomb Orchard Trail near Fulton and Depot roads.

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Police are asking for help locating the man in this composite sketch. (Armada Police)

Police have released a composite of a person of interest -- and are asking anyone with information to call 877-616-4677.

Police said the girl's Border Collie, Penny, stayed with Millsap's body until she caught the couple's attention.

The teen's  death has been ruled a homicide, although authorities have released few details about the cause — except to say that she was not shot or stabbed.

According to reports, a text message was sent from Millsap's phone to her boyfriend, indicating she thought she was about to be abducted. The message stated "Omg. Wtf. I think I'm being kidnapped," the Macomb Daily reported.

Officials are looking for information regarding anyone riding a small, dark motorcycle near or on the trail.

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