Dear Michaela,

It is Christmas Eve. This is the 22nd Christmas that I have spent without you…..

I know I haven’t been around here much lately, haven’t written much lately.  This year has been a very difficult year.  It started out completely raw, filled with a grief that engulfed and consumed.  There is only so long you can live in that state, though.  Then you have to move into the denial, into the burial of the feelings.  Distraction, distraction, let me think about anything, let me look at anything except for this thing that is so dazzling, let me even feel pain as long as it is fake, made up, as long as it is not this thing that wants to swallow me whole.

If you are out there, alive, you probably know what I mean.  And if you are not, you probably have an even greater understanding.

This Christmas Eve … well, I’m sitting here alone right now.  There are people home, but they are not here.  And I don’t feel joy.  I don’t feel excitement or anticipation.  I just feel sadness.  It’s a time for tears.

I know … well, maybe this doesn’t help you.  Maybe I’m just supposed to be strong and yada yada, to make you want to come out if you are out there.  But the heck with what I’m supposed to be.  I only am what I am. I am sad.  I miss you.

Merry Christmas, baby girl,

I love you forever.

mom

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  1. I started my day today thinking of you and hoping you could draw strength from those supporting you as you face yet another anniversary without your daughter. And at the end of the day, as I was running errands with my husband, I was waiting in the car for him outside a store. I looked over at some townhouses nearby and saw two little girls, probably around age 8 or 9, playing outside in the yard. I immediately thought of Michaela and Trina. Two little girls innocently playing, seemingly without a care in the world. And while most of me was overcome with grief for you and Trina and your families, a part of me was so angry that someone could just drive up and take your daughter away from you. What right did he have to do that? And then get away with it for 21 years? Then I thought back to your messages to your daughter. Messages you filled with promise and hope and most of all love. I know if she is able, she feels your love. And I will continue to pray for you and Michaela, and that anyone who knows anything about her disappearance would come forward.Michele

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  2. Thank you for sharing Michaela with all of us that have become faithful followers of your blog. It is amazing how many times my own heart “wondered” to thoughts of Michaela today. I have a beautiful little girl and for the last few months I have been trying to teach her to stay in her bedroom and overcome her night time (imagined) fears. Lately, however, I have been quietly accepting her into my bed at night. Every now and again I run my hands through her silky hair and remind myself how blessed I am to be able to offer her my closeness, which for her equates to love, protection, warmth and security. I cannot even begin to imagine your journey; How incredibly unfair it is that your ability to give your precious daughter your closeness, your protection, your warmth and your security was so brutally stolen from you on this day 21 years ago.But the love you gave and shared with Michaela could not be stolen. It fills these pages and is an inspiration to so many of us. I believe that I come to read so often because you have an amazing ability to put down into words what is so difficult ot describe: a Mother's unconditional and undying love.Because you have been so honest with us, I feel like I should be honest too. I tend to believe the terrible statistics and think that Michaela is most likely past from this life. But, how can one argue with hope?? Whatever the most likely scenario, I do agree that there is always hope! And so, I try to imagine her out there reading your words. You describe her as a beautiful loving girl, and I have no doubt that she was/is. I wonder, though, if SHE believes it? I wonder if she no longer recognizes herself as that beautiful innocent child, and associates herself with those that are responsible for her abduction/captivity. Maybe there have been more girls? Maybe she feels guilt or responsibilty because she did not or could not help others? Maybe she is caught in a life that is filled with drugs and other hard things. Maybe she foolishly thinks your unconditional love is only for the Michaela that you remember, and not for the woman she is is today?I think most of your readers know better. But I wonder if she has the confidence and self worth to know that your love for Michaela accepts all that she is today; the good, the bad and the ugly. I wonder if she knows that there is no shame, no guilt, no questions. If she is reading this, then above all else, she is a survivor, and whatever she has done to survive is a testament to her and would never lessen your love and how much we all want her home. If she is not reading this, and has passed, still, she is a survivor of a different sort. And even in that scenario, whether we call it faith or hope, I do believe that you will be reunited again.God bless.

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  3. I'm mixed with emotion each time I come here. First, for Michaela and wondering where she is. Is she being held captive or willing to live in what she accepts as her life like Jacee? Or, is it far worse. Is she being held in a ring or worse gone. I can't imagine, but as a mother I'm overwhelmed by my pain for her and you Sharon. She isn't my daughter, but yet I wake up in the middle of the night unable to sleep, which is common with me, but I think of her. I pray for her, for you. I pray you are joined again. In my heart I know that if it doesn't happen here, the greatest thing is, it happens in heaven forever…one day, some day. Nothing can keep you apart forever. I just want whoever took her to come clean. He's probably my age now….45 or so. He was described as young by Trina. 20 something. A child thinks we are all old by then, but not all. He may have kids or be a total loner. I say to you, come out! Praise and find the lord. If you are afraid, then simply reveal where she is for Sharon. It is easy to do. I believe that if you are still alive….out of curiosity….you read this site. I believe it strongly. Give her up! If she is no longer here….then give her back. Give her to her mother. Tell her mother where to find her. If she is alive, and God knows I pray for this, then send a message…how, where, something. You took a child, a friend, a daughter, and most of all a human being who does not deserve this. You know it, and you need to give her back. Tell her mother where to find her. Give her access, and if she's gone, give her closure. This can be done without anyone knowing. Sharon, I love you and I pray for your united moment with Michaela. If not today, then tomorrow in heavan, because that can not be taken away.

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  4. This is to the person who knows what happened to Michaela, (or any other missing person) and maybe even knows where she is right now. Don’t be that person any longer, who knows something but chooses to do nothing.If you know that Michaela is alive, you might think she looks ok, even happy. You might think that she looks free, and could leave if she wanted to. You might think it’s better just to leave things the way they are.Stop fooling yourself.She is not ok and she is not free. She was hurt very badly when she was kidnapped and the kidnapper, or whoever has her now, has control over her. The person who tore her down cannot be the person to build her back up. There will always be the perpetrator/victim relationship, and it is extremely unbalanced. Deep inside her that terrified little girl still lives who is lost and needs to be found, who is just trying to cope and survive. You have the power within your hands to help that little girl find her way home, and to bring a tremendous amount of joy to her and her family, who still very much feel the pain of her disappearance. You can do it anonymously if you like, but do it. Even though it may be hard for you to do, you can live the rest of your life knowing that you did the right thing. I think that you will really like that feeling. Remember, it is always the right time to do the right thing. Be assured, it is the right thing to do!Maybe someone out there just has a strange feeling about a family or person, maybe it makes you feel uncomfortable, gives you the creeps…. that’s your instinct telling you something is wrong. Do some snooping around, ask some questions. If you are wrong, you are wrong, just apologize if need be. But if you are right, well, just imagine if you are right! It IS your business to help those who are being victimized, you DO need to get involved! Even if Michaela is no longer living, you will be helping her mother to bury that monster of uncertainty. It is still the right thing to do, and remember, it is always the right time to do the right thing! “Evil prevails when good men (and women) do nothing.” Edmund Burke

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  5. i cannot fathom the idea of the pain you go through each day. I just bought your smart voice book so that I can further educate my girls about staying safe. Like you, I speak to them often about safety. We act out scenarios every once in a while. Knowledge is poer and I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for writting this book. It saves lives ;o)

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  6. I can't really fathom what it must be like in your mind Sharon and your heart. To live through the pain you have. The fact that you have experienced this, are still experiencing this upsets me so much. I just want it to end. I have come to know you through your blog and like everyone else, I really want your pain to be over. You seem like such a good person and it seems that it is the good people who always have the biggest struggles and challenges in life. The bad people seem to get away with whatever they want. Up until a point. I think one day, every good person gets thier reward and every bad person thier upcommence. The day you get your reward is the day the bad person who took Michaela will get thier punishment. We just have to keep praying to God. God knows what happened that day, where Michaela was taken. God knows where she has been all this time. God knows where she is right now. But why isn't God revealing this information to you? It must be for a reason…It seems when God wants to keep something from us he puts a block in front it and no matter how hard we try we can't pass this block. You've tried, the police, the FBI have all tried yet 21 years later its still mystery, doesn't that seem crazy? There has to be a God-placed block that is stopping the truth from being revealed. But God will lift this block one day and the truth will come out.Hope you have a great day. Hope Michaela does too wherever she is…God bless

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  7. Hi Sharon, I've never seen such beautiful letter from a mother to a daughter…all I can tell you is that God Is In Control and I'm sure he is taking care of Michaela wherever she is…even though we don't see him working sometime He always there next to you giving you strenght everyday…Today I will add Michaela to my Dayli Prayers…God Bless You and have a Good Thanksgiving Day.

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving Sharon and family! I'm so sorry for the painful missing spot at the table. We had a missing spot at our table when I was growing up too, so I know the emptiness. But for Michaela, it is more than emptiness – there are so many feelings you must have besides the emptiness. I was just taking my dog on a walk on this beautiful Thanksgiving day and saw many children playing by the elementary school and trails where I live. Michaela was so innocent, just heading to the store with a friend on scooters, when she met with her horrible fate. I hope perhaps she is okay like Jaycee, and has children or something dear to protect, so that she remains in hiding and maintains all the psychological defense mechanisms to stay alive. Jaycee never called home, but I think it was because she lived under so much psychological control and fear, not because she didn't want to go home. She is happy to be home now! I am thankful she is healing, and I hope and pray Michaela will be found so she can come home to all the love that awaits her.But the main thing I wanted to say- despite my ramblings and you are probably tired of reading everybody's ramblings- the main thing is that despite the horrible violation in Michaela's life there is one thing that nobody can ever take away from Michaela. Nobody can ever take away the unconditional, unrelenting, neverending, and immense love of her mother. Michaela will always have this and I know it will alway give her value, wherever she is.

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  9. I agree with the comment above. Someone may have taken Michaela away from her life but NO ONE can take away the love you have for her. NO ONE can take the love her father has for her. NO ONE can take away the love her brothers and sisters, and her friends have for her. NO ONE can take away the love we all have for her. The whole world has for her. And NO ONE can take away the love that GOD has for her.

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  10. Hello Sharon,I stop by to read your blogs from time to time and Yes these blogs are very sad, but, also very beautiful. What a beatiful, beautiful, beautiful Mother and person you are, with so, so,so much Love in your heart,truly Godsent Love. I am positive, where ever Michaela may be, she feels it and has been feeling it thru out these years.If only more children in the world can feel a little piece of your Godsent Love from their Mothers and Fathers while they are still present. You are Amazing.God bless you and his Godsent Love, he gave you.

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  11. i live in wales great britain.ive read every part of this website.and watched every video and gone to every link…i cannot begin to imigaine how you are feeling..i dont know why but im allways watching programmes on the discorvery about missing children or what have you..but i feel is something really close to my heart.even though nothing as horendous as this has happened to my family.i was only 1 years old when your daughter was taken and have two daughters now myslef…and couldn't iminagine what i would do if someone took one of them…theres just one thing ive got to say to you sharon keeping coping the way you currently are…i will pray for your daughter and pray she comes home safe to you.im allready praying for madeline maccan so i will pray for your beautiful micheala…lots of love and hope carly jenkins xxxxx

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  12. Hello SharonIt is with great sadness that we read of all these awful situations relating to young children…..you are a tower of strength to everyone…with living in the UK we only read what is happening when we go on the websites or if anything comes on the news. I hope and pray that you get your daughter home with you again…..as a mother myself to 4 girls I feel I can sence what you are going through….having good family, friends and your local police force will be a help….we can only hope who ever has your daughter has a bit of heart and now releases her back to her family.God bless Donna

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  13. Wonderful advice! I never thought that way before – not being afraid to put your heart out there. Thank you.I am trying to be more thankful – for diverse experiences, the experience of love – it is good to be grown through it all. Mistakes are made, but good can still come.The pain of missing Michaela must be heartwrenching – if only I could go back to that Thanksgiving and bring Michaela right back home with her family where she belongs. Of course that wouldn't be possible because I was a teenager then living in Atlanta where I am once again. But your pain is not in vain – people are coming to your blog and we are resonating the same thoughts and growing spiritually. Michaela has probably saved many other children too.My heart has been on Michaela for an awfully long time, and I am a complete stranger. At work this morning we were talking about CSI so I talked about Michaela. Most people don't know her story(here in the southeast), so I laid it out along with Garrido's similarities. People have heard of Jaycee's miraculous recovery, but are pretty foggy on details unlike me – I have always had a heart for missing persons and I was worried about myself until seeing more of the internet community and Michaela's story. There are really a lot of people out there with the same heart!!! Well, at work I just laid out the physical coincidences – Garrido's place being so close to Michaela's kidnapping spot, the car similarity, and the description similarity (tall and thin). Not to mention the sketch- the cheekbones sure look similar(good job Trina). Similarities like CSI discovers was the consensus. And to think he sits in jail unable to be questioned about Michaela? While a mother's heart continues to cry out for her daughter? And I keep checking this blog hoping for some news? I will be really mad if it is him and he knows where she has been the whole time.

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  14. Sharon – I have been reading your blog for a while now…I check everyday to see what you might have written. I have also been praying for you and your heart. I understand how it is when our children get older and move on with their lives. I do not (thank you God) know how it is to lose a child as you did Michaela. My heart aches for you and her. You have found a way to get through the pain each day – I pray that you continue on. Know that I wish you goodness and renewed faith. -Marcia

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  15. I want to let you know that I am praying. I am praying for you and the pain that your family is going through.I am praying for Michalea that she will be brought home safe and sound to you one day, and that she is safe out there. I think she is alive, and just like Jaycee is unable for some reason to come home on her own. I like Diana have always had a heart for missing people, and was a littled concerned about myself until I saw your blog, and people raising awareness about other missing people and praying for the safe return of each and everyone. And only because I wanted to be able to pray for their safe return home. I am a strong believer in praying, and the powerful miracles that can be produced from them. So please know that people out there are praying for the return of Michalea and we are praying for you and your family! God Bless ya'll and please hold on to your faith! God is with you!

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  16. Oh Sharon. I don't really know what to say. Your so obviously hurting right now. You were so excited when your first started writing these letters, its so upsetting to feel the pain your in. I always want to help people and I want to help you too, but I don't know how because the only thing you want I don't know how to give to you.I can help maybe by offering a few explanations-maybe michaela has never had internet access? Maybe she has it but its very limited. Maybe she doesnt know how to use it properly. I know that sounds crazy but I remember even though I started using the internet at the age of 14, I didn't know how to send an email until I was 17!! Nobody showed me, and believe it can be hard to work out how to do that on your own!! Remember I was using computers my entire school life yet because I had never been taught how to send an email I didn't even know how to set up an email address.As for search engines, I used to type in to a google search bar 'yahoo' and then use the yahoo search engine to search for the information I was looking for. This was because I didn't realise I could use google the same way as I used yahoo!! So you see we use the internet all the time now but think back to when you first started using it. Did someone teach you? Imagine trying to work out how to use the internet or even a computer with out someone showing you how. Imagine how intimidating that would be? Maybe there is no one to show Michaela.I'm not really sure, but I think Michaela wouldn't have had much experience with computers at the age of 9? Now lets imagine shes not used one since. Would really know where to start from with no one to show her? I know its hard to believe that someone would not know how to use a computer BUT I do know people like this. It is possible to live your life with out a computer. Well thats just a suggestion.She could have missed those tv shows. In my house the only channels that are ever on are, playhouse disney, mtv or star plus. Absoluteley no normal channels or news channels. Who knows? Hopefully you will know one day! Don't give up Sharon! Can imagine how great it will be for Michaela to read these letters one day even if she hasn't yet.Saying a prayer for you as always..zara

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  17. Zara, don't worry about this. Is it possible to have faith without ever having doubt? For some maybe, but for me sometimes it's just too heavy a load to carry and I have to put it down for awhile. More to the point, is it possible for me to do ANYTHING about Michaela without it causing me pain? No, no, no, it isn't possible. Sometimes, honestly, I have to draw back, concentrate on the rest of my life and on my living children, just in order to keep from falling into a pit of grief I can't climb out of. I know there are many reasons why Michaela might not have seen my blog. I know you are young, Zara, but personal computers didn't even exist when Michaela was nine! None of us had used them! But most of us have learned how to since then. I do know plenty of people who are on the internet and who watch TV who have not heard of Michaela, and she could be one of them. Thanks,Sharon

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  18. I AGREE WITH ZARA, I REMEMBER BEING 23 WHEN I STARTED LEARNING HOW TO USE THE COMPUTER PROPERLY. I'M 29 NOW. I USE TO GO ON IT HERE AND THERE IN SCHOOL,BUT DIDN'T HAVE MUCH ACCESS,AND IT WASN'T MY OWN COMPUTER.WHEN I TURNED 23 I REMEMBER GETTING MY FIRST COMPUTER ,AND TRYING TO FIND OUT HOW TO USE IT.IT TOOK ME AWHILE TO LEARN. GOING ON EVERYDAY FOR A LITTLE BIT I LEARNED. NEVER GIVE UP HOPE SHARON. THERE COULD BE MANY REASONS THAT IF MICHAELA IS OUT THERE ON WHY SHE HASN'T GOT IN TOUCH WITH YOU.MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. MICHAELA WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY PRAYERS. I HOPE YOU FIND THE ANSWERS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR..LOTS OF LOVE FROM NEWJERSEY..MARTINA

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  19. There could be so many reasons why Michaela might be alive, but not reading this blog. But I agree Sharon, if she were reading it, and if she remembered her life, she would have surely replied. I think the hardest thing for you is not knowing. With Jaycee, she had been living so close and her mom had no idea. I wish there was someone who knew who would just come up and let you know. Even if Michaela herself does not reply, there must be someone with some knowledge, who will feel compelled by your love and anguish and come forward with information. Seems silly, but I live in the bay area, and am always on the lookout for Michaela. – Abby.

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  20. I have started a chain email sending the link to your blog to my friends and requesting them to pass it on. You and Michaela are in my prayers everyday. I pray for her to be found, for answers to your questions, for justice!! Please let us know in what other ways we can help. Love,Radhika

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  21. Most of the time when I read your blog here, I am speechless. All I want to do is help, but I know there isn't anything I can do but pray. So you are always in my prayers along with Michaela.

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  22. Amen to what Kellee said. I've been checking back here as well and it worries me when too long passes without you writing. But do whatever it is that you need to do; just know a lot of us are praying and sending you love and always keeping our eyes open.

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  23. Hi Sharon!This is the first time I have seen or heard of your blog.They say the good thoughts that a person thinks for others are more powerful than the ones that she thinks for herself. I am so hoping and praying that good things will come in your search for Michaela.

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  24. Sharon,I too always want to read what you have to say. I hope that you know that you will always be in my heart and I always think and pray for you and Michaela too. I understand what you mean when there are just those times that you need to back off just because it is so painful. I am sure that everyone understands that and you do need to do what you should do and you need to cope with the pain the best way that works best for you. Just because you are not writing or even thinking about Michaela at times does not mean that you have stopped the love for her. Your mind and heart are just trying to recooperate..this is ok. The love you have will always be there and that is something that did not get stolen from you. I believe that the Love will go with us when we leave this Earth. It is the one thing that we take with us when we die. When things get rough just remember that we need to focus on the Love and not the Pain. I am sure that it is hard to separate this. I think that this is similar when Jesus was here on Earth. This was a painful place for him to be even before he was cruicified because we do not realize what he gave up to come here. It is comparable to us turning ourselves into some type of rodent and having to live with the rodents for about 33 yrs. To leave Paradise for poverty. He also left all of the love behind in heaven. He left the most perfect place to come to the most imperfect place. I guess what I am trying to say which is what I always say is to turn your eyes towards him in order to see past the pain. He is the only medicine that can heal this type of pain and trust that he has done the same for Michaela, which I know that he had to have been there for her through whatever she has experienced. Just trust the love that he has for you and for her. I can't say that you will be ok I really can not but I do know that God can say it because he knows and he has probably also protected you all of these years without you ever realizing what he has exactly done but He is capable of it so that is why you have to just trust and obey. I know God and I know that he has loved you and Michaela through this entire process because he is GOD.

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  25. My question is this…if she was to google your name, would that come up with anything? I did read that you have remarried, correct?My heart goes out to you. You do not need to explain yourself. Those who get it, get it. I can't imagine how painful this must be for you. I understand about the fact that you are kind of stuck. For what it's worth, I found this site through the FB page on missing people. I've added that page to my profile to help.I do hope that someday this is all resolved for you.

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  26. Sharon, I love the way you wrote the invitation at the end of the letter, for Michaela to reach out and contact you. The fact that you have stated no strings attached-no questions asked, call and leave a message, it's not necessary to have a conversation, and that you only want to know she is alive is as open, understanding, and non-threatening/non-intimidating, as can be. Who knows-it may be exactly at the 'emotional place' your precious daughter is. It seems it would be effective and necessary to say all that you did in order to possibly get a post, call, letter, e-mail, or message from Michaela. This is especially in light of the possibility that Michaela could be finding happiness in ways that a person stripped of her identity would have to do in order to function, and that she survived by adjusting to her situation-albeit deprived of her original and purely loving family, and underneath it all, has a lot of fear of disobeying the person in control of her life, happiness, survival, health, and future. I think you captured that possibility very well in your invitation for Michaela to reach out in some way.

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  27. Dear Michaela, There must be a way to reach out to our mom-who endlessly prays for you, loves you and gave birth to you. Just tell her you are alive. There must be a way to do this without endangering yourself, or your children-if you have them. It might seem overwhelming, but with what you have been through, you can do this.In your bones, you must know the truth- that you were deeply loved, your name is Michaela, and that you are a very special person, and have a lot of gifts to offer the world. You were not given up for adoption, and you were not sold. You were taken-snatched from the safety and love of your family, when you were 9 years old. Look into your heart for the truth and the answers. Michaela, look into your soul. There must be a deep feeling of emptiness that can be filled by reaching out to your mom and your family. Think about how you can do this in a way that keeps you safe. Recognize that you are blessed. You are God's child. Go inward to feel your family's warmth, love and passion for your safety and well-being. It has always been there. They have been waiting so long and hoping so hard for your safe return, or to at least hear from you. You must know in your mind there is something more, that someone/something profound is missing in your life. You can write to or call, or leave a message for your mom. Michaela, I don't know you. I am writing to you as a person who just wants to make the world better, and as a mom, who, as a child, was able to escape a near abduction. Then, as a young adult, I was under someone's spell, and had to get away to save myself. It was quite an escape. The experience was life-changing. It was so difficult because I did love the man whose spell I was under, but he didn't treat me with respect and dignity. In fact, it was abusive. I would never have grown to be the best me I can be. Michaela, please know that it is OK to lie to survive. Watever you have done and had to do to stay alive is exactly that-what you had to do. You are a survivor.You deserve only the best life, only a loving life, one where you are free to become and encouraged to be the best Michaela you can be. You deserve all the gifts that come with having a loving, supportive, and nurturing family. If this is what you have now, it should not be a problem to let your mom know you are alive, and to accept her plea and invitation to receive her love into your life. Michaela, be safe, and think about the next step you can take. You have so much to gain. Call mom at (510) 276-8769. give both of you this sacred gift.

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  28. Sharon… hi, so glad i came by and saw this, i will tune in tomorrow. Praying for you both always (hugs) Kim, p.s i will tweet this too!

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  29. Dearest Sharon, i haven't come in a while as well, though i think of you often, i do come hoping for updates and hoping to hear your doing well, so many of us pray and are pulling for you and your beautiful daughter. I urge, beg even the person responsible or the persons knowing what happened to Michaela TO COME FORWARD! Sharon deserves to know where her daughter is she has never hurt anyone, and i believe if you do come forward god will have some mercy on you when he has to deal with you, wouldn't you rather have it now then later. Even if you dont say who you are or even if you know who did this and cant say who you are please help Sharon, please let her and her daughter have the peace they so deserve. Please enough is enough you must of had a mother or mother figure, you must be someone's child, you cant possibly be the only one who knows what happened. Its not OK you must come forward. We will never stop looking for Michaela.

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  30. I can see the sweet, loving soul behind her eyes in that picture – and understand fully why it's one of your favorites. This letter made me cry and it also made me smile through the tears. Yes, wherever Michaela is, I am certain she feels your love for her surrounding her like a warm, soft blanket. —JaimeLyn

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  31. I still pray and hope with you, Sharon. I think of your sweet daughter often, and send prayers up from my heart, for Michaela, and you, and the rest of your family, who have been on this long journey with you.

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  32. I agree Sharon the first word that comes to mind when I see that picture is ANGELIC. Michaela looks like an angel, she glows. It's a very magical picture and kinda reminds of the movie Stardust, when the fallen star yvaine with her beautiful blonde hair like Michaelas, glows really brightly whenever she's the happiest. The picture above looks like its a scene from the movie.

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  33. Sharon,I think of you and your daughter every single day. I can not imagine what you have had to go through, it breaks my heard and sometimes i even cry. I hope that you find the answers that you are looking for , nobody deserves them more than you and your family. I have no children of my own but I have many nieces and nephews that I love as much as I would my own children and I cannot imagine the horror, I did not write this letter to upset you,I just want you to know that the two of you are never far from my thoughts and that you are never alone and Michaela will never be forgotten and the world will never stop searching for her.

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  34. Sharon,Wherever Michaela may be know you gave her the greatest gift through your love and that love can't be undone, can't be forgotten, she will carry that love with her on through eternity. Evil can't erase that love because it was God given, God driven.Maureen

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  35. I believe in hope without hope we would be lost. I believe in miracles without miracles we would be without God.I believe in the power of prayer without prayer we are nothing.I believe there will always be that the chance our child being found without that child we would not even exist.Prayers and hope your daughter will be found.Karen StrattonMother of Jody Ledkins

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  36. Sharon: I share your pain, being a mom myself with a missing Child (Billy Mason). I pray for the safe return of your daughter, and will keep her in my prayers along with Billys. Together our love and prayers will bring our children home where they belong. Be strong, and keep the faith. We will have our answers, we will have our children home with us where they belong. You have a wonderful sight here, and your words are very touching, they will reach her, no matter where she is. God bless to you and yours. My arms are wrapped around you with comfort, and prayers.

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  37. You know, right now I am feeling complete rage towards the person that took Michaela. I guess I expected her to be found with Jaycee, and when she wasn't, well the sadness that turned to hope has now turned to utter anger! How the hell can someone take a child away from his or her family, allowing that family to live in a horrid limbo? Killing a child is bad enough, but somehow desposing a body so the family has no answers makes me even more outraged. God knows murder is wrong, but living with no answers is worse. Would the sick, sorry excuse for a human who took Michaela please give her family peace of knowing what happened? I mean, for the love of all things holy. This is beyond terrible. And Sharon, you may not believe you are strong, but you are brave indeed. Despite what you might think, you would not have survived this had you not been an amazing, strong person.

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  38. I am sorry, but if someone ever kidnapped me i don't know how i would live. Im 11 and my name is Michaela too. Just keep beleving and she will come to you. think happy thoughts, 🙂

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  39. i was following the story on jaycee duggard and saw you on the news. i was hoping for you at least to find closure of some sort..i think once she was found that gives alot of hope that ur daughter will be found..there is a show called the missing that i found the other day..stories of family members telling their stories mabey you can contact them..i wish you luck and you are in my thoughts! i had you on my myspace but not sure if you still use that..

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  40. At first I wasn't going to comment, since this post seemed too much of a direct “talk” with Michaela, and I almost feel like I'm interfering. However, I want to comment that I find it interesting that her chart doesn't show a death. I don't know much about astrology, but that does stand out. I believe Michaela is alive, I just wish with all my heart she would contact you. You deserve to know what happened. I have prayed so much for you and her. God bless.

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  41. I'm so sorry for the roller coaster you've been on for so long. I really hope you get the answers you need soon!Michele

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  42. Just read the astrology notes and I know nothing about astrology so sorry if this is a dumb question but did he study the charts on the day Jaycees kidnapping to see what it says? Just curious how it compares since their abductions were so similar and we know what really happened with her..?

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