Despite Confession, Psychiatric Patient Dismissed As Suspect In Girl's Death
October 15, 2002 at 2:22 PM EST - Updated July 12 at 4:41 AM
FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio (AP) - A psychiatric patient who interrupted a Mass to say he had killed a girl 13 years ago has been ruled out by police as a suspect in the unsolved case.
Richard Allen Folbert, 41, who lives in the Cleveland suburb of Fairview Park, was jailed to await a court hearing Tuesday on an inducing panic charge in the disturbance Sunday at St. Angela Merici Roman Catholic Church.
Police in nearby Bay Village, where Amy Mihaljevic disappeared as a 10-year-old, said Folbert, a psychiatric patient, was questioned Monday and was not considered a suspect in the girl's death.
Fairview Park police said Folbert had threatened parishioners, saying, "I'm going to kill you all." Three off-duty officers arrested him.
Bay Village Police Chief David Wright said his department receives about one tip per month on the Mihaljevic case.
The girl disappeared Oct. 27, 1989, and was found dead on Feb. 9, 1990, along an Ashland County roadside.
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