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Police, FBI hope billboards generate leads in 20-year-old Amy Mihaljevic case


The FBI, Bay Village Police and Crimestoppers are hoping a billboard campaign will bring in new tips in the 1989 kidnapping and killing of 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic of Bay Village.

Tuesday was the 20th anniversary of Amy’s disappearance from the Bay Square Shopping Center.

Billboards offering a $25,000 reward are going up around this area in hopes of finally making an arrest, FBI spokesman Scott Wilson said.

“The Bay Village Police and the FBI felt because it was the 20th anniversary that we wanted to get the story back out to the general public,” Wilson said.

Clear Channel Billboards and Lamar Digital Displays are participating in the effort, Wilson said.

The billboards ask anyone with information to call (216) 522-1400 — the number for the Cleveland office of the FBI.

Amy — who became known from her picture in which she wore a sideways pony tail and a shy smile — disappeared after meeting a man who told her he wanted her help to buy a present to celebrate a promotion he said her mother was getting.

Some of the children from Amy’s school saw her at the shopping center with the man and helped police create a composite drawing of her abductor.

All hopes of finding Amy alive ended Feb. 8, 1990, when a jogger found Amy’s body along a rural road in Ashland County. She had been hit on the head and stabbed in the neck.

Over the years, a number of persons of interest have emerged, but no one has been charged in her abduction and death.

With the right tip, authorities could crack the case, Wilson said.

“Hopefully, we’ll have some closure and find out who did that to Amy,” Wilson said.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.

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