Thursday, December 02, 2010

Similar M.O. being played out down south. **UPDATED**

Someone is stalking young female students in colleges along the Gulf coast, via Facebook. He gains their trust, telling them he's a member of their sorority and then the conversations get increasingly more sexual until he's asking them what color underwear they have on. He's managed to get a few of them to send him nude photos, too.

Authorities have long suspected that Amy's killer may have moved from phone harassment to the internet. Something about this particular fellow seems very similar to the way Amy's killer spoke to the other girls from North Olmsted.

Read more about it here. I'll be keeping an eye on this one.

A Florida man was arrested and charged with these crimes. Looks like there's no connection, here.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Amy spotted at Heinen's the day of the abduction?

That's the story from another girl who took riding lessons at Holly Hill.

I'm attempting to verify this claim, so would the person who posted the information please contact me directly at

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

All Records Have Been Released!

Just got off the phone with Lt. Mark Spaetzel and have received an email from Catherine Timko, at the Nature Center. Here's the gist:

Within the last year, "voluminous" records from the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center archives have been turned over to the Bay Village Police, including a large scrapbook. Additionally, Spaetzel confirms he has been back to the Nature Center for follow-up searches and claims every part of their archives has now been searched. (If anyone knows this to not be true, please let Spaetzel know). He is still reviewing the documents for any connection to Amy's case.

No logbook has been found.

The logbook and copies have either been destroyed (most likely, after all these years), moved, or long-ago misplaced by LENSC.

My journalistic spidey sense still tingles at their vehement denial of an independent search. However, Spaetzel was very earnest in his belief that everything of value has been searched. And we have to give them the benefit of doubt, I think.

So, there's no reason I see to move forward with this demonstration.

Thanks for the interest and support, but let's bottle that energy for something in the future.

In the meantime, please ask Catherine Timko to move Amy's plaque to the main lobby or museum, where it belongs:

P.S. The reward still stands, of course.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

21 Years

I'm sitting here at Java Bay, the coffee shop in Bay Square, watching a group of contractors restore the doric column that Amy was twirling around the day she was abducted, 21 years ago this afternoon.

I still believe this case will be solved. I don't know why. Just a feeling.

Of the myriad new details we've learned about this case over the last couple years, I think the most important bit is knowing now--at least with 99% certainty--where Amy's killer parked that day. Rick Burns, who runs the auto shop on the corner of Dover Center and Wolf came forward a while ago and said he distinctly remembers a gold-colored Pontiac parked at his shop that day, in the space closest to the plaza. A Cuyahoga County judge came forward last year, backing up this claim. It explains why nobody saw Amy get into a car--her killer led her around the corner, away from the main parking lot, in an attempt to limit witnesses.

It says something about the mindset of her killer.

Besides being a coward, this man was calculating. Smart, but able to relate well with children. Able to earn their trust. Able to speak their juvenile language.

In a related note, I left a message on Dean Runkle's cell phone today, as I do every October 27.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Tina Harmon documents reveal Amy Mihaljevic info

Spent the morning reviewing documents in Wayne County related to the recent closing of the Tina Harmon murder down there (in case you haven't heard, DNA tests revealed conclusively last week that Bob Buell raped and murdered the young girl in 1981.)

A couple years ago, I uncovered evidence that suggested Buell's nephew, Ralph Ross Jr., at the very least participated in the cover-up of the murder of Krista Harrison--the murder for which Buell was executed in 2002. I asked local law enforcement agencies to take a close look at Ross in relation to some other crimes that occurred after Buell was locked away in prison.

In a memo inside the Harmon file, it was revealed that an FBI agent procured cigarettes butts believed to have been discarded by Ross for possible DNA testing and comparison.

That revelation is followed by the paragraph:

"Lt. Spaetzel plans to make contact with [FBI agent] and request the cigarette butts be sent to FBI Forensic Lab for further DNA testing. He indicates they have DNA evidence in that case. He also informed us that based upon the circumstances involved in their case, it appears that whoever was involved knew the Mihaljevic family or Amy; therefore, it would be unlikely that Ross was involved. He does plan to do addition follow up."

There it is. They have some DNA associated with the Mihaljevic case that can be used for comparison analysis. It also proves Bay Village is still diligently at work in the 20 year old cold case.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

We Have, Apparently, Not Seen The Last of Amy Mihaljevic

This is not a picture. It is a still frame from a video taken in the summer of 1989. I hope to have more for you Friday.

It is still okay to hope.

* Update: I've had a chance to watch the video. It's from a graduation party for Amy's babysitter, that occurred in Bay early summer 89. Amy appears for about 15 minutes, mostly in the background, with her brother. It gives a sense of her personality more than anything we've seen before. I'm working on transferring some of it online and making copies for law enforcement. Hope to have more to show you next week.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Who Was the Other Caller?

There's yet another odd fact about this case I haven't revealed since two former investigators told me details about this in 2005. I didn't want to identify them and they assured me it wasn't important. Enough time has gone by now that I feel okay talking about this.

Shortly after Amy's abducted in 1989, the FBI conducted a sting operation on an obscene caller targeting young females in the Bay Village area. An FBI agent posed as a young girl on the telephone and at a meeting location. The man was arrested.

But, apparently, this man had a good alibi for Amy's murder.

Anyone know who this man was? I'd like to talk to him eventually.