Mihaljevic case to be explored in-depth on crime TV show

108 days after her disappearance, Amy's body was found in a remote Wheat field.

The 1989 kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Bay Village resident Amy Mihaljevic will be featured on the local crime-solving television program, "Crime Stoppers Case Files." The special Oct. 6 episode will be dedicated solely to Amy's case.

Viewers will hear from lead detective Lt. Mark Spaetzel, who will describe the crime as it's re-enacted. Amy's father, Mark Mihaljevic, will also be featured, giving what many consider his most comprehensive interview since Amy's body was discovered 23 years ago. Mark discusses the hours after the disappearance, learning of Amy's death and the devastating effects on his family, including his divorce from wife Margaret and her subsequent death after years of despair.

Bay Village police are releasing new evidence on the program in hopes it can create new leads.

Viewers of "Crime Stoppers Case Files" have called in tips that helped solve ten cold-case murders, including four in Cleveland. The program focuses on each victim as an individual, sharing personal details to appeal to the humanity of those withholding evidence. Investigators have long believed someone other than the killer has information on Amy's disappearance.

"Crime Stoppers Case Files" airs every Saturday evening at 7 p.m. on WKYC Channel 3. The Amy special will air Saturday, Oct. 6. The production company has released a brief preview of the episode, available at: https://vimeo.com/49413412.

Shawn Rech

Raised in North Olmsted, Shawn is an Executive Producer of the Crime Stoppers Case Files television programs that air in Cleveland, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.18.2012