Early in the week of October 27, 1989, 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic of Bay Village, OH received a phone call from a man claiming he knew her mother, Margaret. The man said he wanted to buy her mother a gift for her promotion at work and needed Amy’s help in picking something out. He explained to her that he had to keep it a secret.
He convinced the young girl to walk to the Bay Village Shopping Center on Friday, October 27th where he would meet her to go shopping. He told her to call her mother so she would not worry, and Amy did as she was told.