Giving Nationwide Attention to the Amy Mihaljevic Case

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There is an expanded search to find the person who killed 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic more than two decades ago.

The FBI is hoping nationwide attention will help solve the murder case of the girl from Bay Village.

Last year, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office hired retired FBI agent Phil Torsney to work specifically on the Mihaljevic case.

Most people recognize her name in Northeast Ohio, but investigators hope by making it a household name across the country, it can help solve the case.

In October of 1989, Amy was taken from the Bay Square Shopping Center in Bay Village after being lured there by a man. Her body was found the following February in Ashland County.

"Whoever abducted and murdered Amy placed a phone call to her house a couple weeks before to set up that meeting and they called Amy and tricked her into thinking that she was going shopping for her mom," said FBI special agent Vicki Anderson.

"They need to solve the case for that family and in honor of that little girl," said Bay Village resident, Kim Flash.

"We've really kind of flooded this area and we thought this obviously hasn't solved the case, so let's expand it and let's expand it as far as we can," Anderson said.

On Wednesday, the national FBI office aired an online podcast detailing Amy's case on the FBI website, iTunes, and radio stations around the country.

They hope the national attention, which can be shared on social media as well, can help bring her killer to justice.

"A lot of times these criminals, these sickos out there that do these things, they use a similar pattern to entice additional victims, so maybe there's another case out there that has some similarities to Amy's case and maybe that'll help bring resolution to both of these cases," said Anderson.

"My assumption would've been that they already would've been doing that," said Bay Village resident, Ken Luis.

Investigators said they have interviewed several people of interest and covered thousands of leads over the years, with no arrest.

They are also still looking for a turquoise horse earring, black ankle boots and a black leather binder that are believed to have been with Amy at the time of her abduction, but have never been recovered.

"Look at this little girl who only lived until she was ten years old and met this horrible death and we're asking people to look at it. So we're sending it out and wherever it latches on, we'll take it," said Anderson.

"Someone could've known something, remembered something and put something together. I mean stranger things have happened and you should never give up, never, trying to find justice for this little girl," said Bay Village resident, Beth Harvanec.

There is a $25,000 reward for anyone who can give investigators information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Amy’s killer.

You're asked to call 1-800-call-FBI with any tips.

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