Amela Pasanbegovic

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Above Images: Amela, circa 1995

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 11, 1995 from Hanover Park, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Amela has a mole on her nose.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red cloth wristband, a watch with a large black face and sunglasses with dark brown lenses.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Amela and her sister Dzaneta were last seen in Hanover Park, Illinois on July 11, 1995. They were never heard from again. The sisters were refugees from the conflict in Bosnia and had gone to the United States to live with their uncle six months before they went missing.

    Paul Frederick Runge is the prime suspect in the sisters' disappearances; investigators believed he raped and strangled them after hiring them to clean his house in Glendale Heights, Illinois. Runge, who has a record for violent crimes dating back to his teens, confessed to Dzaneta and Amela's murders and five others in 2001, after DNA evidence indicated he was involved. A photo of him is posted below this case summary. Runge was convicted of murdering two women and an eleven-year-old girl and was sentenced to death, but in 2010, his death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment after the death penalty in Illinois was abolished. Afterwards, the prosecution dropped the pending cases against him, including the murder charges in Dzaneta and Amela's disappearances, because he cannot get a more severe sentence than life in prison, and his convictions already ensure he will never be released.

    Runge stated he dismembered the Pasanbegovic sisters' bodies, put the pieces in plastic bags and disposed of them in garbage bins. Dzaneta and Amela's bodies have never been found, but foul play is suspected in their cases due to the circumstances involved.

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    Above: Paul Runge

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Hanover Park Police Department
    630-823-5500

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    The Daily Herald
    Murderpedia

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 29, 2017; casefile added.

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