New Evidence Released in Mihaljevic Murder Case

Special Agent Phil Torsni, with the curtain entered as new evidence in the Amy Mihaljevic murder mystery.

Special Agent Phil Torsni, with the curtain entered as new evidence in the Amy Mihaljevic murder mystery.

Bay Village Police hope new evidence released today in the 27-year old Amy Mihaljevic murder mystery will lead to the killer’s identity.

Police Chief Mark Spaetzel, County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty and Special Agent Phil Torsni met with reporters in the hopes that a curtain and blanket found with Amy’s body may also lead to the crime location.

The items were found near Amy’s body when it was discovered in an Ashland County field months after Amy went missing on Oct. 27, 1989.

With today’s forensic technology, investigators have been able to link hairs on both the curtain and blanket to K9 hairs from the Mihaljevic family dog. It is believed the hairs were transferred from Amy’s body to both the blanket and curtain.DSCN6103-1

The curtain, believed to be hand sewn, and the blanket were found feet away from Amy’s body.

The DNA testing positively links the items to the crime and can potentially lead to a suspect.

Authorities believe both the blanket and curtain are from the crime scene.

“This lead will solve the case — if you connect this person to this location,” said McGinty. “We believe we can solve this case with your help in the media.”

“This has never been a cold case for us,” said Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel. “We have worked this case from day one until today. It’s never sat on a shelf and not been worked.”

Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel.

Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel.

The curtain, handmade and avacado green with a grey backing, is distinctive. It is hoped that by releasing this evidence publically, someone will come forward with information on its origin.

Authorities believe the blanket and curtain were used in transporting the body to the Ashland field.

Bay Village Police have actively remained in pursuit of the killer since Amy disappeared from a Bay Village shopping center on her way home from school. The 10-year old was a sixth-grader at Bay Middle School,

There is a $50,000 reward, $25,000 from the FBI and $25,000 from the County Prosecutor’s Office.

If you have information, please contact the Bay Village Police Department at 440-871-1234 or bvpd@cityofbayvillage.com.

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