The Amy Mihaljevic Case

The Amy Mihaljevic investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about the case, please complete the Amy Mihaljevic Investigation Tip Sheet (PDF) and return it to Detective Sergeant Jay Elish by email or mail to/drop off at 28000 Wolf Road, Bay Village, Ohio 44140, Attn. Elish.

On October 27, 1989, ten year old Amy Mihaljevic was kidnapped from the Bay Square Shopping Center parking lot in Bay Village, Ohio. Weeks prior to her abduction, Amy was contacted via telephone by the abductor, who arranged to meet her after school on October 27 on the pretext of buying a gift for her mother who had recently been promoted. Eye witnesses at the Bay Square Shopping center saw Amy speaking with a white male, estimated to be in his 30s. Amy was last seen walking through the parking lot with the male. No vehicle was seen. An intense investigation conducted by the Bay Village Police and Cleveland FBI ensued. On February 8, 1990, Amy's body was found by a jogger in a farm field, close to the road, off County Road 1181 in Ruggles Township (rural Ashland County, Ohio).

The crime scene appeared to indicate that Amy's body was most likely dumped shortly after her abduction. Amy's cause of death was determined to be a combination of stab wounds to the neck and a blow to her head. The boots Amy was wearing, a denim backpack she was carrying, a binder with "Buick, Best in Class" written on same in her backpack, and turquoise earrings in the shape of horse heads were all missing and have never been located.

Amy Mihaljevic

Amy Mihaljevic photograph

The Bay Village Police and the FBI would like the public’s assistance from anyone who recognizes the blanket and/or curtain in the photograph.  Both items are linked to Amy’s abduction and murder and are believed to be key pieces of evidence in the case.  If anyone recognizes the blanket and/or curtain and has information on them, please contact the Bay Village Police at 440-871-1234.

Curtain and blanket