Spent the morning reviewing documents in Wayne County related to the recent closing of the Tina Harmon murder down there (in case you haven’t heard, DNA tests revealed conclusively last week that Bob Buell raped and murdered the young girl in 1981.)
A couple years ago, I uncovered evidence that suggested Buell’s nephew, Ralph Ross Jr., at the very least participated in the cover-up of the murder of Krista Harrison–the murder for which Buell was executed in 2002. I asked local law enforcement agencies to take a close look at Ross in relation to some other crimes that occurred after Buell was locked away in prison.
In a memo inside the Harmon file, it was revealed that an FBI agent procured cigarettes butts believed to have been discarded by Ross for possible DNA testing and comparison.
That revelation is followed by the paragraph:
“Lt. Spaetzel plans to make contact with [FBI agent] and request the cigarette butts be sent to FBI Forensic Lab for further DNA testing. He indicates they have DNA evidence in that case. He also informed us that based upon the circumstances involved in their case, it appears that whoever was involved knew the Mihaljevic family or Amy; therefore, it would be unlikely that Ross was involved. He does plan to do addition follow up.”
There it is. They have some DNA associated with the Mihaljevic case that can be used for comparison analysis. It also proves Bay Village is still diligently at work in the 20 year old cold case.