Twenty seven years ago today, 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic was kidnapped from a shopping center in Bay Village, by a predator who, according to investigators, called the Mihaljevic home and convinced the little girl to meet him to pick out a gift for her mother, who had recently received a job promotion.
Amy's father, Mark Mihaljevic, said, "It'll never go away. It's something that's, you know, blazed into your brain forever; it's never going to go away."
Mihaljevic said the overwhelming fear of not knowing what happened to his daughter on that day was replaced with devastating grief when Amy's body was found four months later in a farm field in Ashland County.
And, 27 years later, her killer has eluded police.
"It's a shame that somebody has had 27 years of freedom, when that person really didn't, doesn't really deserve to be free," Mark said.
There have been some new developments in the case: In June, authorities revealed that drapery made from an old bedspread was found at the crime scene, as was a blanket; DNA testing proved the two items were used to wrap Amy's body after she was killed.
"That's definitely a big key to solving this thing. They just don't quite know where that thing was hanging, and as soon they can find that out, then they can find out where and backtrack," Mark said.
After 27 years of investigating the case, investigators are sure that the person who lured Amy to the shopping center knew someone in the Mihaljevic family, and was familiar with their schedules and habits.
"Somebody knew what was going on inside the house. Somebody knew more than a person just driving down the street; that's for sure."
Among other things, authorities are focusing on those who may have come into contact with Amy's mother, the late Margaret McNulty, and gleaned the information that enabled the killer to entice Amy into meeting him at the shopping center.
"The people have not given up. They haven't thrown in the towel; it's going to be solved." Mark added, "Just that one little key will bust this thing wide open finally, and I'm sure if they would have had the technology 27 years ago, it might have been solved already."