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Amy Mihaljevic new leads

Post by redpill on Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:41 pm

new leads

i was born roughly same time as her. I wonder had she lived what thoughts she have of how much the world changed since back then we used commodore 64 and atari 2600. We both lived as kids in a time when everyone had land lines, no one had email or modems, and there was no caller ID.

25 years later: Amy Mihaljevic investigation focuses on those who knew her mom
Posted 6:16 pm, October 28, 2014, by Matt Wright

Twenty five years after her disappearance, there’s a new push to find Amy Mihaljevic‘s killer with a focus on information from those who knew her mother.

Since the killer knew so much about the family, there’s now a renewed focus on those who knew Amy’s mother, Margaret, and may remember something or someone unusual.

“Sometimes people think, ‘oh, it’s nothing,’ so they kind of dismiss it,” Anderson said. “They think it’s not very much information, but they don’t know what we know, so that little bit of information they have may be all we’re looking for.”

DNA recovered at the scene is continually being resubmitted for testing.
Anyone with tips is asked to call the FBI at 216-522-1400 or Bay Village Police at 440-871-1234.

I don't think we can assume the perp knew Amy Mihaljevic or her family. His "story" of her mom promotion might be a cover story he concocted without any personal knowledge of her or her mother. He may have contacted many girls with this story, and he finally found a girl, Amy Mihaljevic where this story happened to be true.

I do think it is extraordinary she called her mother while in the presence of her killer, without any apparent distress.
wiki wrote:
Disappearance and murder

On October 27, 1989, Amy Mihaljevic was kidnapped from the Bay Square Shopping Center in Bay Village, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.[1] The abductor had contacted Mihaljevic by telephone and arranged to meet her on the pretext of buying a gift for her mother because she had recently been promoted, as he told her.[2] On February 8, 1990, the girl's body was found in a field, close to the road, off of County Road 1181, Ruggles Township in rural Ashland County, Ohio.[1][3]

Evidence found at the scene of the crime suggests that Mihaljevic's body was probably dumped there shortly after her abduction. Based on findings by the Cuyahoga County coroner, Mihaljevic's last meal was some sort of soy substance, possibly an artificial chicken product or Chinese food. Other evidence includes the presence of yellow/gold colored fibers on her body.[4] 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.[5] Blood believed to be that of Mihaljevic was found in her underwear, indicating she may have been raped or sexually abused.[4] Mitochondrial DNA from the crime scene was sampled, which may be used in the future to compare to suspects.[6]

The Bay Village Police and the 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 pursue leads and monitor suspects to the present day. 20,000 interviews have taken place during the investigation.[6] This was described to be the biggest search in Ohio since the disappearance of Beverly Potts.[7]

In 2005, Cleveland journalist James Renner re-examined this cold case with a series of articles in the weekly newspaper Cleveland Scene. Renner's 2005 series provided new research that he had independently undertaken, as well as openly soliciting the public for new information and clues. In October 2006, publisher Gray & Co. released a book about Renner's investigation into the murder called Amy: My Search for Her Killer. The book provided information previously unreleased by the police and FBI. In 2007, Renner donated his files, consisting of the largest private collection of material on the Mihaljevic case, to the Department of Special Collections and Archives at Kent State University, Ohio.[8]

In November 2006 it was revealed that several other young girls had received phone calls similar to that to which Amy responded, during the weeks prior to Amy's abduction in 1989. These comprised requests from an unknown man, claiming to work with their mother, asking the girl to help him shop for a present to celebrate her mother's job promotion. The girls who received these calls lived in North Olmsted, a suburb near Bay Village; some had unlisted phone numbers.[6] This new information was considered significant by new movement on the case.[9][10] Amy and the others who received such calls had all visited the local Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, which they had signed and added their personal information, such as their addresses.[6]

Bay Village police collected DNA samples from several potential suspects in the case in December 2006. As of early 2007, it was reported that a longtime suspect in the case had retained legal counsel.[10]

The FBI announced in March 2014 that a $25,000 reward is available to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the killer of Amy Mihaljevic.[11]

In late 2013, investigator Phil Torsney returned from retirement to work on the case, which he had originally been assigned to after she was murdered.[12] Torsney is well known for aiding in the capture of Whitey Bulger, who was a long-time member of the FBI Top Ten Most Wanted.[13] Torsney stated that he believes that Mihaljevic was transported out of Bay Village after she was kidnapped, as the town is "too dense, too close-knit, to be a likely place to commit murder." However, he stated that the murder likely took place in Ashland County, which the murderer was probably familiar with.[6]
Dean Runkle

According to reporter James Renner, Dean Runkle is a possible prime suspect in the FBI investigation. Multiple witnesses say that he matches the man they saw with Amy the day she vanished. Runkle also seemed to have volunteered in the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village at the time of the murder. All four girls who received suspicious phone calls (with Amy being the last one) had visited it in the weeks before the abduction, and may have written their names and phone numbers in a logbook by the front doors. Runkle denied remembering this to police, but at least eight former students and teacher's aids reported that Dean Runkle had spoke of being present at the center.[14][15] Although Renner describes Runkle as an eccentric teacher, no hard evidence supports this view. Dean Runkle himself denies any involvement in the murder of Amy Mihaljevic and the FBI has never officially declared him a suspect. Since Runkle is exceptionally well liked as a teacher by many former students, Renner became the subject of strong criticism, unlike anything he had faced from naming previous suspects, when he named Runkle.[2]

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Re: Amy Mihaljevic new leads

Post by Mama2JML on Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:07 pm

Interesting case. I agree that the request was generic, perhaps just coincidental, and I see no reason to assume the perp was known to the victim/her mother prior to the crime. The teacher makes a good suspect.

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