I got an e-mail this morning from somebody who said that they’d heard that the investigation was ending today. I want to clarify that this is very much not true. The search of the property will wind up today. If they haven’t found any bodies buried on the property, which I’m thinking now that they won’t, then that is good news.
Of course the investigation will go on. The investigation into Garrido will go on. The Hayward investigators still have to go through all the items that were removed from Garrido’s home. There are piles of papers they have to go through. Garrido liked to write. In addition, there have been two previous searches of the property, by El Dorado County and Contra Costa County, and our investigators have not yet been able to view the items seized in those searches. And last but not least, there are numerous interviews yet to be conducted — hopefully with the primaries in the case, but certainly with others who knew the Garridos in various capacities.
These are the leads we want to pan out. A search of the property … well, it might be nice if it turned up something that I could identify as having belonged to Michaela (and it’s not impossible that it might yet, since there are all those other confiscated items our investigators have not been able to see). That way we’d know for sure we were on the right track. But other than that, what might we have found? We might have found that Garrido had killed Michaela and buried her on his property. That’s not what we are hoping for, so if the day ends and they don’t find anything, I for one will probably breathe a little sigh of relief … and then I will continue to trudge on up this huge, sometimes airless mountain of Not-Knowing with my hope still clutched firmly in my hand.
And the investigation will continue. The investigation will continue into Garrido, and the investigation will continue into the many, many leads that have been called in as a result of the national and international publicity on this case. We’ve had leads called in from other countries.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. And please, don’t stop praying.