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Monday, May 18, 2015

Can You Help Us Solve Amy's Murder?


Amy Mihaljevic was murdered 25 years ago. Since then, police have received thousands of tips and recently a retired FBI agent was assigned to the case. But it has grown cold, again. All that is missing is one last clue, one last piece of the puzzle.

A national news crew is in town, doing a piece on how social media can breathe new life into these old cold cases. Can we kick up a new clue while they're here and national attention is focussed on this mystery?

Can you help us find that last piece?

Here is what we know, so far:

- In 1989, Amy's killer called her when she was home alone, and pretended to be a coworker of her mothers. He asked Amy to meet him at the Bay Village plaza with the promise that he would take her to buy a present for her mother.

- Amy met the man in the plaza on Friday, October 27, 1989. Two classmates saw a well-dressed man whisper into Amy's ear and then lead her around the corner.

- Her body was found 3 months later in an Ashland County wheat field, 50 miles from where she disappeared.

- Several other girls received calls from Amy's killer before her abduction. These girls lived in North Olmsted, south of Bay Village.

- Fibers found on Amy's body trace back to a brown Pontiac.

- Her killer may have kept a number of items that were never recovered. Turquoise horse-head earrings; a Buick "Best in Class" binder; her backpack; her boots.

Here is a list of people who were questioned by law enforcement or considered persons of interest at one time or another.

Can you find that one missing clue? A new theory? A new connection we've never noticed before?

17 comments:

vmtey said...

I've always been fascinated by this case and keep thinking that Kelly Siegler and Yolanda McClary would be interested in helping investigate this case. They go around the country and solve cold cases with the help of experts and local law enforcement. http://www.tntdrama.com/series/cold-justice/tips/

Kate D said...

How did killer know it was moms bday!? The other girls in North Olmsted that were called, did their parents have bdays around time of call? Did law enforcement check with DMV. Did mom recently renew license or get tags with Amy at side?!?

Morgan Combs said...

What about Brad Harvey's childhood home was it ever searched or have they ruled out the golden carpet??

Middlemarch said...

I'm a woman who grew up in bay village and was a year or so older than Amy. I was called by a man around the time of her abduction who claimed my mother had been in a serious accident. A woman spoke to me on the phone as well and they encouraged me to stay on the line. I hung up on them and called my dad in a panic. My dad called the police and they came to take my statement. I was never contacted or questioned by the police again.

James Renner said...

I would like to hear more about this phone call. Can you contact me directly at jameswrenner@gmail.com?

Cynthia W23 said...

I got a very similar call, I also grew up in Bay and a guy told me my mom was in the hospital. He knew my name and my sisters. I was questioned once after it happened and then never again. Weird.

James Renner said...

I would like to speak to anyone who got calls like this. Please email me: jameswrenner@gmail.com

Unknown said...

The Bay Phone Directory back then used to contain the parents name, address and phone number as well as the names of the kids too from what I can remember.

Jerry Nicholi said...

I was at a card game with friends when the coversation came up about Amy. The wife of the couple we were playing cards with said that the property that she was found on was adjustent to or on her husbands brother, cousin hard to remember which anyways she said something to the effect of him molesting his kids at the time and she brought up the idea that what if ?

James Renner said...

Hi Jerry. I would like some more info about this. Please email me at jameswrenner@gmail.com

Ann Nomin Miss said...

I think the killer (who i suspect is Runkle) was in close proximity to overhear enough of her small talk to use in the convos. Similar to the girls receiving phone calls. "He" must have been using something he heard to make them comfortable.

Did anyone else watch the video of him when he was on the news for Amherst HS? Did anyone else get a weird intuition when he spoke of working at Disneyland in Cali? I feel like there is more to the story when he worked there. You could tell something in his eyes for a split second, looking down towards the side. I think there is a link between his time there and here in OH. I would love for someone to dig into his time there. I wouldn't be surprised if you saw a series of reprimanding, or getting fired for misconduct, maybe even something bigger that even THEY couldn't pin point. Think about it-all those CHILDREN at his disposal. Sickening. I am telling you, there is something that links his time there in Cali to here. Clearly he has taken great lengths to literally move to the most opposite points of the US. Cali-back to OH-FL. (Maybe he refused to be finger printed here to be linked to something there.) Maybe that is the evidence you need to finally nail him. Again, there has to be a similar incident in Cali linking to Runkle, or something odd. Sick men just don't have ONE incident. There are patterns.

Last, i think with make and model car mix up at the BMV, i guarantee his charming ways either to confuse the person enough to make a slight mistake to not link but enough if he got pulled over, he could talk his way out of it.

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Rachel Williams said...

I graduated in 1989 and remember alto about this case. I was dating my ex husband when they found her body and it was not far from his families property. I remember everything use it be logged on phone bills for our t going calls, but how did they track received calls then? Seeing the info above makes me wonder if from phone records that some connection might be made? I hope and pray justice will come for this child and her family.

Rachel Williams said...

I hate auto correct.alot not alto. Out going calls.

Rachel Williams said...

I hate auto correct.alot not alto. Out going calls.

Storia Thyme said...

I thought the Pontiac was thought to be gold?

Bryan Ramsey said...

It's sad that despite all the evidence pointing to Runkle it appears he'll live the rest of his life out free in key west...hopefully the latest curtain provides the DNA to complete the puzzle