BAY VILLAGE -- These days, Mark Mihaljevic tends to shy away from the spotlight. On rare occasion, will he speak to the media about the unsolved kidnapping and murder of his 10-year old daughter, Amy, in 1989.
But with the news that County Prosecutor Tim McGinty has hired retired FBI agent, Phil Torsney, to focus solely on his daughter's case -- Mihaljevic beamed with confidence.
"He's a bloodhound," he said of Torsney. "If you had to place a wager in Vegas, it'd have to be on him."
Mihaljevic spoke exclusively to Channel 3 News by phone Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, Torsney addressed the media at a news conference along with Bay Village detectives.
"Whoever did this [murder], we have to figure this out, and get him off the street," said Torsney.
Torsney was one of the original agents assigned to the Mihaljevic case, when he worked for the Cleveland office of the FBI. Since then, he has developed a reputation for tracking down some of the most high-profile fugitives, like mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, and Gates Mills doctor, Yazeed Essa, found guilty of murdering his wife.
Investigators believe Amy Mihaljevic was lured to a Bay Village shopping strip, by a man who called her home, claiming to be her mother's co-worker. Her body was found months later in an Ashland County field.
After 24 years, there have been more than 10,000 leads, and twice as many interviews, but no arrests.
"I really don't want to know [all the details of the investigation]. I don't want to know everything. I want to know when they give me the final call. That's what I want to know, " he said.
However, Amy's father says he's hopeful that he'll get that phone call, some day soon.
"Oh, every day. There's not a day that goes by that we think about putting an end to this."