The mysterious murder of a young mother has a new twist, a secret until tonight.
For the past four years, local and state investigators have traveled thousands of miles and interviewed hundreds of people about Amy Diesman. The 19 year old was shot execution-style more than 20 years ago at the store where she worked.
That day, September 11th 1987, the Diesman famly of New Richmond was paralyzed by murder. 19 year old Amy worked the night shift at the Stop And Go on 125 so she could spend more time with her baby girl. The last transaction was a $2.19 purchase at 5:28am in the morning. Seven minutes later Amy was dead, shot execution style as she cleaned the counter
Amy was shot in the back of the head and nothing was taken. That means either someone wanted Amy dead or killed for the thrill of it. Investigators say they will figure it out.
Four years ago investigators with Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) secretly began working with the Pierce Township police department and the Clermont County prosecutor to track Amy's killer. The team includes a CSI, lab technician and a member of the Intelligence unit. Karen Rebori is Special Agent in charge. from Clermont County. She takes Amy's murder personally.
"When we focus on this could be anyone's sister, anyone's daughter, your whole perspective changes and you have the energy to continue forward."
Going forward means moving beyond Amy's boyfriend, her baby's father and the suspect in 1987. Scott Austin. Austin was indicted for murder in 1993 and then the charges were dropped.
"There are people of interest, suspects, we have to eliminate each person until we find the right one."
One person of interest was a mystery man until BCI got the case. Remember that last customer? She saw a man in the back of the store looking at magazines.
"Did you find that mystery man?" "We did." "You found the last person to see her alive?" "Yes." "Could he have killed her?" "Possible." "Would he have a motive?" "Yes."
"There could be clues in the old evidence that will be tested here in the state lab, DNA tests, unavailable in 1987." The issue of exhumation is a possibility.
On the swim team. a cheerleader and track star in high school, Amy was a role model for her little brother, Jamie Diesman. He thinks about her everyday. "How close would we be now, because i surely appreciated her then."
A part of Jamie is stuck in time stuck as a 15 year old immersed in murder. But there is a part of him just as stuck in hope, especially now.
The investigation team has no doubt that the case of Amy Diesman will be solved.
"A resolution would be wonderful it would be a good way to put my sister to rest."