I do not use age progressions of Michaela, and I ask other people not to use them either. I just don’t think they are accurate. There have been several done over the years, and they don’t look a lot like each other, which is a clue to begin with. Some of them have had features that just don’t appear anywhere in Michaela’s family. She has three full siblings, so there is a good point of comparison.
When the age progression is publicized, what happens is that good-hearted people who want to be helpful call our police department to tell them that they know someone who looks like the age progression. And you know that this is 99.9999999 percent unlikely to have anything at all to do with Michaela. Our police department does have a lot to investigate on Michaela’s case. They had a lot to investigate before Jaycee was found, and they have even more now. So it seems counterproductive for the police to be spending their time investigating calls that are unlikely to lead to a resolution in this case.
So if you are publicizing Michaela on your website, or in your newspaper or television show, please don’t use the age progression. I have a number of really good pictures of Michaela that you can use. It’s my ultimate hope that Michaela herself will see her photograph and recognize herself. Perhaps she has been told that we don’t want her, and she will be able to see that this is not true. I’ll see if I can put up a page of photos on Michaela’s website. Meanwhile, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.