Retired FBI Agent Returns to Bay Village to Reinvigorate Investigation in Amy Mihaljevic's Kidnapping, Murder

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Phil Torsney, a retired FBI agent, joined Bay Village police officers yesterday to explain what lies ahead in the investigation of a heinous, evasive mystery.

"I was working for the FBI back when this took place in 1989," Torsney told the crowd, alluding to one of the region's coldest kidnapping/murder cases. "I'm in a good position to go in some different directions…"

In 1989, Amy Mihaljevic, 10, was taken from a Bay Village shopping center on Wolf Road. Three and a half months later, Amy's body was found near New London, Ohio. Leads have developed over the years, but no justice has ever been served.

Torsney said that there is an active list of suspects, though he declined to go into any detail.

James Renner, author and Scene alum, has written extensively on the case. His blog and books provide incredibly detailed explorations of every route the investigation has taken over the years. His 2005 feature story on the case is comprehensive.

"This has always been an active investigation. There has never been a time where we have closed the box, put it away and didn't do anything. So, yeah, we absolutely feel that we can solve this," Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel said.

Torsney centered his message yesterday on the promise of action: "We're gonna be out knocking on doors…"

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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