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December 30th, 2008, 05:02 PM
A Missing Young Girl
This picture of Amy Mihaljevic was distributed all across the United States and plastered on television sets for months.
It was October 27, 1989, a crisp Friday afternoon, and Bay Village children had just gotten out of school for the weekend. Ten-year-old Amy Mihaljevic and her friends went over to Bay Square Shopping Center after school. Suddenly, a strange man called Amy's name. The young girl looked up and obediently went with him.
Back at home, Amy's older brother was growing nervous. It was unusual for Amy to be home late. He called his mom a few times, and the more he called, the more nervous Margaret Mihaljevic became. By 3:30 that afternoon, Margaret still hadn't heard that Amy was home. As she began to pack up her things to rush home, fate seemed to step in -- Amy called.
Margaret breathed a sigh of relief as Amy told her mom she had been at a choir event. Call it a mother's intuition or gut instinct, but something still didn't seem right to Margaret. Her normally chatty and chipper daughter would barely mutter a word. But as far as Margaret knew, Amy was home, and safe.
As Margaret pulled into the driveway that evening, her son immediately ran up to her, upset that Amy still wasn't home. Margaret turned right back around and drove to the school, where Amy's bike was still in the bike stands. Margaret instantly knew in the pit of her stomach that something awful had happened to her little girl. She went to the police station immediately.
December 30th, 2008, 05:23 PM
Rest in peace Amy
December 31st, 2008, 11:17 AM
Such a tragic story. Thanks for sharing Dark Princess.
October 25th, 2009, 08:42 AM
It will be 20 years on Tuesday since 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic was kidnapped at one of the most public spots in Bay Village and later murdered. Her killer has never been found, and today the manhunt is getting a new push.
On Oct. 27, 1989, Amy was a fifth-grader at Bay Middle School. She was last seen near a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Store at the Bay Square Shopping Center in the center of town, directly across Wolf Road from the police station.
Amy had been lured there to meet a man who posed as a work friend of her mother, on the pretext of going to buy Amy's mother a surprise gift.
Amy's disappearance set off an intense three-month, nationwide search, which ended in tears on Feb. 8, 1990. That morning, a jogger found Amy's lifeless body lying facedown in a clover patch in a field along County Road 1181 in northern Ashland County. The coroner said she had died of a fatal stab wound to her neck.
Her killer remains at large though police and FBI officials offered a reward of $60,000 for a tip leading to the arrest and conviction of Amy's killer.
They are still searching today.
The Bay Village Police Department is working in conjunction with the FBI, Clear Channel and Lamar Advertising to display new billboards across Northeast Ohio. Bay Police Chief David Wright hopes that partnering with the media will remind the public of how important this case still is.
Since 1989, he said the police department has received almost 70,000 pieces of information and interviewed more than 16,000 people. The list of suspects remains daunting.
"It's hard to put a number on how many suspects there are," Wright said. "But I'm sure we've already talked to him."
Wright, now in his 29th year with Bay Village police, said, "We still get a tip a month, amazingly enough.
"It's incredible for being 20 years after that it's still on people's minds. But around this time and February, we'll get a dozen tips. A lot of it is stuff we've already heard about but you never know what the next phone call will bring."
Had she not been snatched and killed, Amy would have been 30 years old, perhaps a mother herself, and looking ahead to her 31st birthday on Dec. 11.
Amy's parents divorced. Her father, Mark, has since been remarried to Georgette Mihaljevic and lives in Avon. He remains hopeful that before he dies, Amy's case will be solved. He is now 62.
In October 2001, Amy's mother, Margaret McNulty, died from complications due to chronic alcoholism. At the time, McNulty's mother, Henrietta McNulty, told The Morning Journal Amy's mother "could not get a real hold on a happy life anymore. Everything just turned her off. I'm sure this is what really brought on her death."
Chief Wright wouldn't comment on how close he thinks the Amy case is to being solved, but he hopes the new billboards will encourage more tips. Wright said he hopes the 25th anniversary of Amy's disappearance is a time to celebrate because her killer will have been caught.
"No piece of information is too small," he noted.
October 25th, 2009, 09:55 AM
She would almost be exactly my age. Makes me so sad to think about everything she was denied by this asshole. Hope they find him!
October 25th, 2009, 03:16 PM
The article said the commonality was the stables where they took riding lessons.
Seems like this is one of the best places to concentrate their efforts, but so much time has passed. Hope they eventually get this fuck. Maybe they need a pair of new eyes to look at the case file.
May 3rd, 2011, 05:10 PM
Cleveland Murder Could Be Linked To Cold Case
BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — It's one of northeast Ohio's most prominent unsolved murder cases and still remains active 22 years later.
Amy Mihaljevic, 10, was kidnapped from the Bay Square Shopping Center in Bay Village in October 1989. Four months later her body was found in Ashland County.
Now there could be a new potential lead in the case, ONN's affiliate WEWS reported.
Bay Village police confirm that they are exploring a possible connection between the Mihaljevic murder and Frank Dienes, a suspect in the murder of Joe Kopp, 58, of Seven Hills.
Police made it clear Dienes is not a suspect in the Mihaljevic case, but they are simply looking into a possible connection.
Meanwhile, Dienes has already been charged in Kopp's murder. Police reported Kopp's body was found buried in the back yard of Dienes' Seven Hills home.
Dienes has already appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
Dienes is being held in jail on a half million dollars bond.
May 3rd, 2011, 07:28 PM
I hope they have found a connection and can finally give this family some closure. This is a long time to go without knowing. It has to be painful for them.
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