Author Topic: Amy Renee Mihaljevic (10) - Unsolved Murder - Bay Village, Ohio (1989)  (Read 5307 times)

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[edit] Case history
On October 27, 1989, ten-year-old Amy Mihaljevic was kidnapped from the Bay Square Shopping Center in Bay Village, Ohio. The abductor had contacted Mihaljevic by telephone and arranged to meet her on the pretext of buying a gift for her mother, who had recently been promoted. On February 8, 1990, the girl's body was found in a field off of County Road 1181, Ruggles Township in rural Ashland County, Ohio.

Evidence found at the scene of the crime suggests that Mihaljevic's body had not been in the field for very long, perhaps no longer than a few hours before being discovered by a morning jogger. Though she had been dead for months, her body had been previously stored someplace relatively cool, as the rate of decomposition was slow. Based on findings by the Cuyahoga County coroner, Mihaljevic's last meal was some sort of soy substance, possibly fake chicken product or Chinese take-out. Other evidence includes the presence of yellow/gold colored fibers on her body. It appears her killer also took several souvenirs including the girl's horse-riding boots, her denim backpack, a binder with "Buick, Best in Class" written on the front clasp, and turquoise earrings in the shape of horse heads.

The Bay Village Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted an extensive investigation into her disappearance and murder. The case generated thousands of leads. Dozens of suspects were asked to take lie-detector tests. But no one has ever been charged with the crime. Law enforcement continues to aggressively investigate this crime and is seeking any information that may lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the killer.

In 2005, Cleveland journalist James Renner re-examined this cold case in an article for Cleveland Scene. He requested that anyone with information related to this case contact him or the authorities at Assisting Missing Youth (AMY).

In October, 2006, publisher Gray & Co. released a book about Renner's investigation into the murder called Amy: My Search for Her Killer (ISBN 9781598510195). More comprehensive than the article for Cleveland Scene, the book revealed new suspects and clues which the police and FBI had kept secret for 17 years.

In November, 2006, it was revealed that several other young girls received phone calls in the weeks before Mihaljevic's abduction from a man who said he worked with their mothers and wanted to take them shopping for a present. In 1989, these other girls lived in North Olmsted, a suburb near Bay Village. Some had unlisted phone numbers. Police are taking a careful look at how these girls and Mihaljevic are connected.

In December, 2006, Bay Village police collected DNA samples from several potential suspects in the case.

In June, 2007, James Renner donated his files on the case to Kent State University's Special Collections library. It is the largest private collection of material on the Mihaljevic case. The files are accessable to law enforcement officials, Kent State University journalism students, and other writers on a case-by-case basis.

Read more including some suspects in this case here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Mihaljevic

Thanks Kindheart
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Yes, kindheart pointed that out I guess while researching that other case.

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Are there other cases simular to this in that era?