Mihaljevic Case: Public Asked to ‘Focus on Facts’

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BAY VILLAGE, Ohio -- The investigation into the unsolved kidnapping and murder of Amy Mihaljevic is gaining a new asset.

On Wednesday, Chief Spaetzel introduced Special Agent Phil Torsney who previously helped the Boston FBI locate mob boss Whitey Bulger in 2011.

The authorities are hopeful Torsney’s involvement will lead to an arrest in the Mihaljevic case.

“For the same reasons, for the same good work, I’m in a position to focus on one case and hopefully with the other investigators, make something happen here,” said Agent Torsney.

Mihaljevic was abducted from a Bay Village shopping center on Oct. 27, 1989.  She was 10 years old at the time.

Her body was found 50 miles away in an Ashland County field on Feb. 8, 1990.

Since then, investigators have pursued countless leads and have conducted tens of thousands of interviews.

"Bay Village has been touched by this for 24 years now. Mark Mihaljevic deserves closure.  The City of Bay Village deserves closure," Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel said at the news conference.

The public was asked to "focus on the basic facts of the case" and continue to report any tips.

Amy’s dad, Mark, and her brother still live in Northeast Ohio but her mother passed away. Over the years, police say they’ve done more than 20,000 interviews and followed more than 10,000 leads but each time they’re back where they started.

“You know, we have to - whoever did this - we have to get him off the streets. That's the main thing. You wanna make sure this guy is identified and prosecuted,” said Agent Torsney.

A turquoise horse earring, black ankle boots and a black leather binder were with Amy when she was abducted and they were never located.

Police said they’re key pieces of evidence that will help them identify her killer.

Anyone with information should contact the FBI Violent Crime Task Force at (216) 522-400 or the Bay Village Police Department at (440) 871-1234.

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