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Amy Should Be Forty: A look back on the murder case of Bay Village's Amy Mihaljevic

Amy Mihaljevic was 10 when she was taken from a Bay Village shopping plaza in 1989. Thirty years later, her murder remains unsolved.

Andrew Horansky

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Published: 5:16 PM EDT October 23, 2019
Updated: 2:53 AM EDT November 2, 2019

3News will air a five-part series looking back at the Amy Mihaljevic case from Oct. 23 through Nov. 1. You can re-watch those videos on our YouTube playlist.

Bay Village is a clean, quiet town nestled north of Cleveland's west suburbs. Lake Erie laps the shore to the north, while surrounding communities buzz with restaurants, bars and shops.

Largely unchanged over the last 30 years, Bay Village remains an ideal destination for those looking to slip into a peaceful life on the lake; an American dream for the easygoing.

But something happened in 1989 that left sleepy Bay Village forever with one eye open. Doors are now locked, neighbors aren't so trusting and parents pause to leave kids alone.

The mystery of Amy Mihaljevic's murder remains unsolved 30 years after it happened. Described as bright, outgoing and loving, the 10-year-old undoubtedly had a future to match her personality. 

Amy disappeared from a Bay Village shopping plaza amid mysterious circumstances. She wasn't seen again until her body was discovered 50 miles southwest in an Ashland County field. 

Few leads have been substantial in the 30 years following Amy's death. Detectives have worn out the case files in search of something new. Names have floated around the suspect pool, but no charges were ever filed. Meanwhile, Amy's family remains a shell of its past, as her parents divorced and her mother has since passed away.

The murder of Amy Mihaljevic crippled the Bay Village community with fear. She should be turning 40 this year. Instead, her killer walks free and those who loved her remain without answers. 

3News has followed Amy's story from the start, since the day police began searching for her when she failed to return home. Now, we're continuing to ask questions about her death. We spoke with her family members, investigators on her case and others impacted by her loss. While her murder remains a mystery, one thing remains clear: her community hasn't stopped trying to solve her case.

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