September 12, 1987, was a typical fall day in Southwest Ohio. A few weeks after the official end of summer, it was the type of day that you learn to layer for in Ohio - mornings in the 20s require some bundling up with afternoons in the mid-50s. The day was a bit dreary with off-and-on rain in the region. Amy Diesman lived in a quiet, rural town about 20 minutes east of Cincinnati, OH. New Richmond, nestled along the Ohio River, boasts spectacular views and great scenery. It’s the quiet, small-town that you think of in the mid-west where everyone knows and looks after each other. A safe place to raise your children.
Amy was a child of the 80s, though pictures of her do not boast the teased and feather hair so common in this era. 1987 saw big hits like Dirty Dancing and Fatal Attraction. I wonder if Amy read Teen Beat, like so many of us did back then. Cheers, The Golden Girls, and Growing Pains were popular TV shows. Cell phones had just debuted but were still out of reach for most people. President Reagan gave his famous “Tear Down This Wall” speech earlier in the summer.
Amy was on the cusp of adulthood. She had just graduated from New Richmond High School the previous spring. By all accounts, Amy was very involved in her high school, both academically and athletically. She was a member of the National Honor Society and played tennis, basketball, and track. Friends say that she was always eager to work on things and be the head of committees. Her coach is quoted as saying “Everything high school offered, she took advantage of it. I always admired her for that. Kids like that don’t come along very often.”
Amy’s life after graduation continued to be a whirlwind of activity. She gave birth to her daughter Sally Ann over the summer. She was also attending Northern Kentucky University, a short jaunt across the river. Amy had just started a new job recently at Merwin Stop-N-Go, a local convenience store located at Merwin 10 Mile and Ohio 125.
September 12, 1987, was only Amy’s fourth day of her new job, and reportedly, her first overnight shift. There was no one else working with her that evening. She was only 19 years old. In the breaking hours of Saturday, a customer entered the Merwin Stop-N-Go to a seemingly empty store. However, when they looked behind the counter, they found Amy shot to death only minutes before. The last sale recorded was 5:28 am. The 911 call was made at 5:30 am.
What happened to Amy that night? There was reportedly a witness that then disappeared. Her baby’s father was a suspect. No one has ever been convicted for her murder. Amy’s daughter Sally, now an adult herself, grew up without her mother and without answers about what happened to her. Investigators are searching for any information related to Amy or her death.
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