BAY VILLAGE, Ohio - There have been 10,000 leads, 20,000 interviews and plenty of suspects over the last 24 years but still no arrest in the kidnapping and murder of Amy Mihaljevic.
The 10-year-old Bay Village girl disappeared from the Bay Square Shopping Plaza after school on Oct. 27, 1989 and her body was found a few months later in February in Ashland County.
Now, retired Cleveland FBI agent Phil Torsney is hoping to finally solve the case. He was among the first agents who responded to the case on that fall day in 1989. Now it will be the only case he works on.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty hired Torsney to work exclusively on the case.
"One of the advantages I have over a lot of the investigators who have worked this case is that I can focus on one case," Torsney said.
Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel was a relatively new patrolman when Mihaljevic disappeared.
"Bay Village has been touched by this for 24 years. Mark Mihaljevic deserves closure. Our city deserves closure," said Spaetzel.
Spaetzel said Wednesday morning he got four tips on this case. He said hardly a week passes that a new tip doesn't come in. Police are hopeful that with one investigator focused on the case, new technology and new leads, the mystery may someday be solved.
If you have information on this case, call the Bay Village Police Department at 440-871-1234 or the FBI at 216-522-1400.