The blanket search was conducted on the evening of Thursday, July 31, 2014. Swarms of FBI agents, Michigan State Police, and local police officers joined forces to create three massive checkpoints around the small community (population 1,730), causing traffic to be “backed up for miles.”
The police action came one week after a local teen girl was found murdered in a drainage ditch on July 24th. Short on clues in the search for April Millsap’s killer, investigators decided to stop, question, and document every traveler in town — “car by car.”
“They’re stopping every car both ways, and they’re taking license plate numbers, names and addresses,” one resident named Brian told CBS Detroit, after being stopped by the FBI on Fulton Road. “They’re writing all this stuff down, they have a clipboard, and they’re writing everybody’s information down. It’s not like they’re just checking and you go ahead, they’re writing everything down.”
WXYZ reported that police scrawled an “X” on the hands of every person they had talked to.