Bay Village PD Seeks Interview With Dienes About Mihaljevic Case

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Detectives hope to have the chance to interview convicted murderer Frank Dienes next week behind bars to see if he may have any connection to the 1989 kidnapping and murder of 11-year-old Amy Mihaljevic.

Earlier this year, the I-Team broke the story that authorities planned to take a look at Dienes regarding the Mihaljevic case.

At the time, he was a suspect in the murder of Joe Kopp in Seven Hills.

Earlier this month, Dienes pleaded guilty to murder in the Kopp case and was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.

Bay Village police hope to have the chance to interview Dienes next week at the Lorain Correctional Institution.

Authorities plan to ask him to voluntarily give a DNA sample. They hope that, if he has nothing to hide, he will comply.

Bay Village police confirm that Dienes’ family did own farm land near the remote Ashland County location, where Amy’s body was found about three months after she disappeared.

The family has since sold that land.

Authorities also want to know if Dienes did work in the Mihaljevic home, although that may have occurred years after Amy’s murder.

Bay Village police did look at Dienes as a possible suspect back in 1995, after receiving a tip that he resembled a sketch of the alleged killer.

Dienes is not considered a formal suspect in the Mihaljevic case.