Retired former Cleveland FBI agent Phil Torsney has been hired to investigate Amy Mihaljevic's murder.


BAY VILLAGE, Ohio -- It is a murder-mystery that still haunts parents in Northeast Ohio after 24 years. On Wednesday morning, a special agent hired by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty met with the media on the Amy Mihaljevic murder case.

Former Cleveland FBI agent Phil Torsney has come out of retirement to investigate the cold case.

In 1989, Mihaljevic, 10, was lured to a Bay Village shopping strip, and never seen alive again.

Her body was found months later by a jogger in an Ashland County field.

Local crime writer and author, James Renner, who has closely followed this case, says Torsney is the last best hope for finding Mihaljevic's killer.

"A lot of new technology has come out that they could utilize, and Torsney has resources through the FBI, and his contacts, where he could get this case some of the technology that's needed," said Renner.

Authorities said it's a case they have never stopped investigating.

"Sometimes it's best to look from the outside in," Torsney said. He explained to the media that there are specific phases investigators are going through as the search for the person responsible continues.

The main point of the Wednesday press conference with Bay Village Police and Torsney was to continue asking the public to call with any tips -- no matter how insignificant it may seem. Anybody with information can call the Bay Village Police Department at 440-871-1234.