Who killed Amy?

New TV se­ries pro­files Mi­hal­je­vic mur­der case

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Local News - Staff re­port

A new se­ries on In­ves­ti­ga­tion Dis­cov­ery is shin­ing a light on a mur­der that shook the area nearly 30 years ago.

“The Lake Erie Mur­ders” seeks to high­light some of the mys­ter­ies and killings that have haunted the shores of the Great Lake.

It will kick off at 9 p.m. Dec. 30 with a three-hour spe­cial ti­tled, “Who Killed Amy Mi­hal­je­vic?” ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the ca­ble net­work.

The re­lease claims the spe­cial also will fea­ture the sto­ries of other women whose ex­pe­ri­ences al­legedly mirror those of the 10-yearold Bay Vil­lage girl who was bru­tally stabbed and beaten body be­fore her body was found in 1990.

Even 29 years af­ter her body was found, there are no sus­pects in Amy’s death, though the po­lice have not given up the chase.

In June 2016, the Bay Vil­lage Po­lice Depart­ment, Cuya­hoga County Prose­cu­tor’s Of­fice, Ash­land County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and FBI ex­hib­ited a home­made av­o­cado green cur­tain and a store bought cur­tain which were found near Amy’s body in a field about 20 feet away from County Road 1181, Rug­gles Town­ship in Ash­land County.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Bay Vil­lage Po­lice Depart­ment said there have been no big breaks in the case since that an­nounce­ment.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said Amy was last seen Oct. 27, 1989, at the Bay Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter af­ter walk­ing there from school.

Days be­fore her dis­ap­pear­ance, Amy re­ceived a call at home from an un­known man ask­ing for help pick­ing a Christ­mas gift for her mother, Margaret Mi­hal­je­vic.

Amy and the man ar­ranged to meet.

On the day she went miss­ing, two wit­nesses claim to have seen her with a white male at the shop­ping cen­ter.

One de­scribed see­ing Amy speak­ing to the man, while the other de­scribed see­ing the man ap­proach Amy be­fore direct­ing her to the park­ing lot of the cen­ter.

Mi­hal­je­vic said she’d re­ceived a phone call from her daugh­ter at 3:30 p.m. that day and as­sumed she was at their home be­cause Amy of­ten would call and check in.

When Mi­hal­je­vic re­turned home from work at 5 p.m., Amy was not there and her bike was still parked at Bay Vil­lage Mid­dle School.

She re­ported her daugh­ter miss­ing less than an hour later.

Amy’s body was found face down in a wheat field by a jog­ger Feb. 8, 1990.

The FBI’s web­site said Amy was dressed in the clothes she was last seen in.

A coro­ner’s re­port re­vealed the girl died as a re­sult of a stab wound to her neck.

In 2009, the FBI of­fered a $25,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion on the mur­der.

That same year, bill­boards started pop­ping up in the greater Cleve­land area im­plor­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact the FBI or Bay Vil­lage po­lice.

Amy’s school pic­ture, fea­tur­ing her smil­ing face, a side pony­tail and a golden cross neck­lace rest­ing on her white shirt, stared down from each bill­board.

In the 29 years since her dis­ap­pear­ance, Amy’s mur­der has left an in­deli­ble mark on the com­mu­nity and has in­spired a book and a pod­cast and is still a topic of dis­cus­sion on­line as peo­ple try to make sense of the death, the re­lease said.

In a 2006 in­ter­view with The Morn­ing Jour­nal, north­east Ohio au­thor James Ren­ner claimed that in writ­ing his book “Amy: My Search for Her Killer” he dis­cov­ered ev­i­dence that Amy was left alive for up to a week.

“We know this be­cause on Fri­day (the day of her ab­duc­tion), she ate spaghetti for lunch,” Ren­ner said. “When they con­ducted the au­topsy, there was no trace of it in her stom­ach.

“In its place was some sort of mix­ture of soy. Pos­si­bly, her last meal was Chi­nese take-out. What­ever it was, some­one was keep­ing her alive.”

Amy’s mother, who be­came Margaret McNulty, di­vorced Amy’s fa­ther in 1991. She died in 2001 of com­pli­ca­tions from al­co­holism.

The girl’s fa­ther, Mark Mi­hal­je­vic, now in his 70s, still is wait­ing for his daugh­ter’s killer to be brought to jus­tice.

In an in­ter­view with Wil­liam Huff­man for his “Who Killed Amy Mi­hal­je­vic?” pod­cast, Mi­hal­je­vic said when his daugh­ter’s killer is found and con­victed he would want au­thor­i­ties to put the as­sailant in gen­eral pop­u­la­tion in prison.

“They’ll take care of it,” he said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on Amy’s death can call Bay Vil­lage po­lice at 440871-1234 or the FBI at 800-CALL-FBI.

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