Thursday, June 23, 2016

Homemade Curtain May Be Key Evidence In Amy Mihaljevic Case

The press conference in Bay Village just wrapped up and boy was it a doozy. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty was there, along with Chief of Police Mark Spaetzel and retired FBI agent Phil Torsney (who has been working on the case for some time).

There is new evidence in the Amy Mihaljevic murder investigation - a homemade curtain and a blanket found on the road where Amy's body was discovered in 1989. These items were found a ways down the road from her body and until now they were not sure that they were linked to the crime. But they recently tested dog hairs found on the fabric and determined that they matched hairs taken from the dog Amy owned at the time.

What does this mean? Well, lots.

First, it's very important to note that they are not saying the curtain and blanket came from the Mihaljevic residence. The dog hair traveled on Amy's body and deposited onto them because the curtain and blanket were likely used to wrap her body during travel.

The curtain is homemade, and was originally Avocado green. Someone stitched this together inside their home and hung on their tall, narrow window. Someone missed this curtain when it was gone - or at least noticed it was missing.

Other fibers and hairs were discovered on the curtain and blanket as well, meaning they may be able to link these items to the killer and his home in the future.

So, take a look. Remember back to 1989. Did you see this curtain hanging in someone's house? Did it go missing? Is this the sort of curtain someone you knew would have made?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

BREAKING! Bay Village to Hold Press Conference Tomorrow Morning!

Oh my God, it feels good to update this blog.

Word just in that Bay Village Police, the FBI, and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office will hold a press conference tomorrow morning for an update and news on the Amy Mihaljevic cold case. It seems they will be asking for the public's help in a very specific way.

They sound excited for the first time in years, folks.

I will be there. I will update.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

My New Book, True Crime Addict, Will Contain Some New Info On Amy's Case

My next book, True Crime Addict, comes out May 24 and you can preorder it today!

True Crime Addict is mostly about my search for Maura Murray, a young nursing student who went missing in the White Mountains, in 2004. But it also contains some new information about the Amy Mihaljevic case, including details on a specific suspect in her abduction who came to my attention while I investigated this other mystery.

Look for it in your local bookstore or order online!

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Child-Killer Daniel Kevin Furlong May Have Been in Ohio in 1989

Police in Michigan recently arrested a man named Daniel Kevin Furlong for the cold case murder of 11-year-old Jodi Parrack, following another attempted abduction of a young girl.

Furlong pleaded guilty last month to the crime and will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. His DNA will be entered into the system.

The nature of the abduction and murder are similar in some ways to Amy Mihaljevic's case and detectives are interviewing him about Amy - and the April Tinsley cold case - this week, according to a source close to the investigation. The same source says Furlong worked for General Motors (the same company Mark Mihaljevic worked for) and would sometimes transfer to Ohio locations for 6-week stints.

More to come.

Friday, October 30, 2015

CNN Profiles Amy's Case

CNN profiles Amy's case - and using social media to prompt new leads in cold cases.

"Everybody has that case, that moment in time when you realize you live in a dangerous world," said Renner, now a married father of two in the Cleveland area. "I realized if it could happen to her, it could happen to me."

Check it out.

Monday, October 26, 2015

To Amy's Killer, On the 26th Anniversary

It's time to come in.

You've lived with what you did for 26 years, now. Every day you remember it. It sneaks up on you wherever you are, whatever you do, and you fight to put it away, again. That's no way to live. What quality of life can you have when it's always on your mind? You can do good things, but they will always be tainted by what you did to Amy Mihaljevic, in 1989.

Amy's family needs closure. They've asked for it for 26 years. The best thing you can do in this life is to give that to them.

Call me. I'll get you a lawyer. We'll help you surrender. We'll find you a nice, warm place with three square meals a day and you can spend 20 years there. You're still young enough that you might enjoy freedom, with an unburdened soul, again one day.

If you wait for the police to come for you, you will go to a rough prison and you will sit there until you will be executed.

And they will come. One day, they will come. They have your DNA. And while you've stayed clean since this murder, and you know they have nothing to match it to, one day that DNA will give up your identity. Last year, scientists invented a new device that allows police to feed a DNA sequence through a computer that targets markers that determine how a face is formed. It gives them a picture of what your face looks like. Better than any composite. They will do this. And soon.

Give yourself up while you can still negotiate your terms. Do it, today.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Amy's Killer May Have Called Akron Girl in 1989

The key to solving Amy's case may be in finding out her relationship to the several other girls who received stalker called in 1989. Girls from North Olmsted also got a call from the man police believe to be Amy's killer in the fall of 89. Since then they have been trying to identify anyone who knew the girls from North Olmsted, and Amy from Bay Village. We may have to widen our search.

I was recently contacted by a woman from Akron, who was called by a man when she was a girl in 1989. "He told me that my mom had been doing really well at work and that he wanted me to help get her a nice gift. Maybe Neil Diamond tickets." The timing and the similarities to what the man said to Amy make me think this really could be the same guy.

At the time, the girl's mother worked as a realtor -- mostly in the Akron area, but sometimes parts of Cuyahoga County. The man on the phone also said he once watched this girl swimming at a pool in Tallmadge. They had recently visited the Cleveland Zoo.

Another interesting bit, which may be a weird coincidence or something more: this girl's mother worked with serial killer Robert Buell before his arrest in 1983. Buell visited her home at least once. I've always believed Buell did not act alone when he abducted and murdered Krista Harrison. The man I believed helped him is still free.

It's also worth noting that this woman contacted Bay Village police and FBI a few years ago to share her story but nobody called her back. Seems like a very good tip to me. I would go over this woman's life with a fine-toothed comb to see how she might have crossed paths with the girls from North Olmsted or Amy Mihaljevic.