Hundreds gather to honor Amy Mihaljevic 32 years after disappearance, death

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BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (WJW) – Hundreds of people gathered for a somber walk Wednesday evening to honor the life of 10-year old Amy Mihaljevic.

The Bay Village 5th grader was abducted exactly 32-years ago. Her body was found in an Ashland County field more than three months later.

The march was solemn, but it was also filled with hope that a little girl, her family and community will one day get justice for her murder.   

Fox 8’s Kevin Freeman asked Amy’s father if he believes the case will ever be solved.

“Yes, plain and simple. There’s just too much effort and too much manpower. With this DNA and chemical testing they have out there, this will be solved,” said Mark Mihaljevic.

Mihaljevic also says he is overwhelmed that the residents of Northeast Ohio and investigators have never forgotten his daughter.

“Today’s event is a demonstration that we will never forget Amy, nor will be stop until her killer is found and brought to justice,” said Mark Kevesdy, who organized the walk.

A massive crowd first gathered in front of Bay Middle School ahead of the walk.

Amy disappeared from the Bay Village shopping center on October 27th, 1989.

Investigators believe she was lured by a man who told her he would help her buy a gift for her mother who had just received a promotion.

100 days later, her body was found in a rural part of Ashland County.

“We are waiting for one phone call, one email, one piece of evidence that will bridge the gap to help link a name to this crime. I implore you, if you hear anything, a hunch, a family rumor, anything, don’t hesitate to call us at any time,” said Bay Village police chief Robert Gillespie.

Bay Village Police Chief Robert Gillespie promised the family and the crowd that the case is an active, ongoing investigation and will never be a cold case.

In 2016, new evidence surfaced, including a curtain and blanket found near where Amy’s body was found, with hairs linked to the 5th grader.

“As far as I know, this is the longest open FBI case ever in the history of the FBI. It’s never gone cold and this is a testament to that, it’s never gone cold,” said Amy’s father.

After a short memorial at the school, hundreds of people walked to the nearby shopping center where Amy was last seen alive. White ribbons lined the route.

Her older brother, who was 13 at the time of Amy’s death, says the family appreciates the public support.

“It’s overwhelming, the love and support of 30 years of community members. It’s amazing, the constant fight for her justice is amazing. It’s extremely humbling,” said Jason Mihaljevic.

The hundreds of marchers returned to the rear of Bay Middle School where a memorial stone was dedicated in Amy’s honor and white ribbons tied to trees.

“Thank you all for your love and support and I hope next year we come back here in celebration,” said her brother as the crowd applauded.

A fund has been set up to raise money for DNA testing and to pay for travel costs for retired FBI agents still working the case.

The goal is to collect $25,000 by the end of this year, with all proceeds going to the city of Bay Village.

Anyone who would like to donate can log onto walkforamy.org.

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