Friday, January 24, 2020

The Porchlight Project will test human bones discovered in a barn near the site where Amy was found.

Excited to test these bones and find out who this young woman is whose remains were found in a barn in New London. Please consider a donation to The Porchlight Project today. Every bit helps!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

New Podcast Series Examines Disappearance of Amy Mihaljevic

WKYC Reporter Andrew Horansky has put together a new 5-episode podcast series, Amy Should Be 40. It's a deep-dive into the unsolved murder of Amy Mihaljevic and includes new interviews with family and friends.

Binge it on iTunes, today!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

WKYC Goes All Out for 30th Anniversary

WKYC, reporter Andrew Horansky, and producer/investigator Phil Trexler, have gathered all the facts you need to know about the case, as well as some new info, into a series of videos, articles, and a podcast.

Click here to dive into the the rabbit hole.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Porchlight Project Begins!

This last year, I’ve been working hard to put together a new non-profit that can provide financial help and media attention to the families of the missing and murdered, focusing on cold cases in Ohio. I’m excited to announce that The Porchlight Project is here and our first case is the 1987 unsolved murder of Barbara Blatnik.

The board members of The Porchlight Project include former police chiefs, private investigators, journalists, lawyers, and podcasters. We’ll be working together to bring closure to a handful of cases this year. Please visit our website and consider a donation today.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Former Student Claims He Was With Runkle at the Nature Center

I have heard from several former students of Dean Runkle in the past few days and have connected them with Bay Village Police. These are students who volunteered their time to help Runkle take care of his animals and they knew him very well.

The most stunning allegation came this morning, when I was contacted by a former student who helped Dean Runkle from 1982 - 1987. He claims he drove with Runkle to the Nature Center in Bay Village so that Runkle could donate mice to feed the snakes. One of the reasons police have discounted Runkle's involvement is because they can find no direct evidence of him being at the Nature Center, which is likely where Amy's killer got her phone number and the numbers of the girls from North Olmsted. One FBI agent went so far as to say, "If he was at that Nature Center, then he almost has to be our guy but he says he wasn't."

Other allegations include:

- he was seen at the back of a study hall classroom, massaging a young girl's neck. She appeared extremely uncomfortable.

- he gave a girl $100 to buy a new outfit.

- students say Runkle told them he would get in trouble if anyone knew they were in his car alone, or that he took them to his apartment, so he had one student wait by a side door he could pull up to, and then the student would run out to his car and hop in quickly.

- he often made very inappropriate sexual comments and jokes when he was alone with a student

- joked about keeping a woman tied up in the back room

Author's note:
This evidence is circumstantial but adds up to - at the very least - criminal behavior. Did Runkle have anything to do with Amy? I don't know. But I do know he crossed the line. A handful of students now claim inappropriate physical contact. The police have seen love letters to prepubescent kids. And I believe this student who says he was at the Nature Center with him. These are all reasons he has been investigated as a suspect in the case. Make of it what you will. Journalists and bloggers are not judge or jury. But we have a responsibility to give a voice to victims.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Amy Book Now on Audible

Amy: My Search for Her Killer is now available as an audiobook for the first time. I recorded it in the fall for Tantor Media. Download it on Audible.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Former student claims inappropriate contact with Dean Runkle

A former student of Dean Runkle's has come forward claiming he touched her leg while alone in his car. This is the same student who later got a call on her answering machine where a man told her she'd end up "like Amy Mihaljevic."

Here are her words, posted on Facebook:

Dear Dean Runkle, i hate you for taking me for ice cream in your car and putting your right hand on my left are so disgusting, Dean Runkle. I remember you smiling and opening your glovebox for something. You were not like everyone else that calmed me when going thru Steele doors early~ you are not going to be okay~ not anywhere you go. Do you understand what you did to my life? I dont care if you were Amy’s actual murderer or not- there are too many similarities- why did you touch my leg?

WHO CALLED MY HOUSE, LEFT A MESSAGE ON OUR VOICEMAIL (mini tape recording), and said “you'll end up dead like Amy Mihaljevic” I need to know because i cannot move on.   

I am Jennifer Marie Karney. I sat just a couple of rows back in your class at Nord Junior High.