Thursday, November 29, 2018

"A.M. Was Murdered Here."

A couple weeks ago, I was contacted by a person who moved into a rental property in Wayne County, Ohio. While cleaning inside a closet, they discovered that years ago someone had carved a message into the wall. It reads, "A.M. Was Murdered Here."

Of course they assumed this meant Amy Mihaljevic - Wayne County is not far from Ashland. So, it suddenly became of great interest to authorities, and everyone was trying to figure out who lived there in 1989.

The house, itself, sits at a rural crossroads in Orrville and is owned by Stoll Farms. I drove down there last week (puppy in the passenger seat) and spoke to farmers with Stoll and other farms in the area who have roots going back 100 years. I was given the name of a man who they believed lived there with his wife and son in 1989. I managed to track him down to a farm in Kentucky. I spoke to his wife, at length, and learned a few things.

First, this seems like a real, decent family and nobody appears to have a criminal history. They have no idea who would have carved something like that in the closet and don't remember seeing it. But they recall that they were not actually there in the fall of 1989. They believe a farmhand employee of Stoll Farms was living there. The woman could not remember the name.

Finally, I visited the Stolls themselves. A Bay Village police officer had visited them and they were reluctant to say much, other than it appears nobody can 100% recall who it was who lived there.

Mike Lewis at Confidential Investigations, a private eye in Cleveland, ran a background check of the address itself. Nearly 40 different people have leased the house in the last 40 years. Perhaps the name of the person who carved the message is on there, but none of the names are familiar to me.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Vermilion Police Withhold Evidence in Amy Mihaljevic Case **UPDATED**

For the last 10 years, Vermilion Police and Chief Chris Hartung, have refused to release the name of the man who attempted to abduct 2 women in Vermilion in 1984. I believe these attempted abductions are related in some way to the Amy Mihaljevic case for a couple reasons. 1. The man was driving a car that matches the description of the vehicle Amy's body was kept in. 2. It's a similar crime. 3. The abductor mentions a suspect in the Amy Mihaljevic case by name - Dean Runkle.

Both Chief Hartung and Dean Runkle know the name of this individual and have never shared it. In fact, Vermilion police refuse to provide the name of the suspect to other members of law enforcement, including detectives and retired FBI.

There are enough clues in the reports, though, perhaps someone out there can figure out who this person is. Please share. Please take a long look. Ask you parents. Who is this person and what was their relationship to Dean Runkle?

Less than an hour and one of my readers seems to have already identified the man. I am trying to verify. When I do, I will share the name.
**UPDATE 2**
There's a name on here, Tresp. I always figured it was short for "trespassing." Turns out it was the last name of the suspect. Meet Jerry Tresp, who was arrested in 1985 for attempted rape and attempted murder. He appears to have been incarcerated in 1989, during Amy's abduction. He is now a free man. I hope to speak to him soon about Dean Runkle.

Thank you to my Irregulars who figured out in 15 minutes what I couldn't crack in 10 years.

A special thank you to Cindy Jahnsz for links to the articles!