Merry Christmas, Michaela

Today is Christmas, and although I am enjoying the holiday with family, there are many people who are not here, who I miss greatly. My son, Alex, lives a few hours away with his family, including his three little girls. I talked to them on the phone a little while ago, but it would be so much fun to be able to spend the holiday together! My mother, who left us eight years ago … I miss her so much!

But the person I miss most of all is you, Michaela. You are here with us in our hearts, always a presence in our lives, every day including Christmas. But … well, where are you? Are you still alive? What do you do on Christmas? Is there someone to love you and buy you gifts? The day you were kidnapped was not long before Christmas, only a little over a month….

This week I am supposed to receive news. I have no idea, no inclination, what it will be. But if it this bone is not you, if you are still alive, if you read these words, I just beg you please to make contact with me. You can do it anonymously by leaving messages on this blog if you are not comfortable revealing where you and and who you are with. I really just want to know that you are okay.

So … Merry Christmas, Michaela, wherever you are. Remember, I love you forever.
mom

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  1. My only daughter, Lisa, was born in 1979. So this this breaks my heart, in so many ways. But what we've learned is that we have to hang onto each other for comfort and for love. I pray for you and Michaela as I always do, today and everyday and always. My heart remains with both of you. Merry Christmas Sharon and Michaela. I love you both very much. Robin Moffat Painter

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  2. Ms Sharon,wish you and your family a very happy and a prosperous new year 2012!!! like your horoscope says i hope 2012 brings michaela back home to you and your family.chandler.

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  3. For some reason I can't reply to Sharon's message itself due to a glitch that happens from time to time (not sure why) but I wanted to say that my thoughts are with you Sharon. Best wishes to you, Michaela and the rest of your family this holiday season. Cindy

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  4. Please keep Amanda “Nikki” Campbell and her family in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow (December 27). Nikki disappeared from Fairfield,California in 1991 at the age of 4. She was just doing what Michaela was – going about her day as any child should be able to. Keeping you in my prayers this week and always,Sharon.

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  5. Yes, I am well aware of Nikki's case. I've met her mom and appeared on a couple of TV shows with her. It's a case that is often overlooked, so it's good of you to remember. Do you have an association with the family?

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  6. No. I was at work one day and had some free time so I started looking at missingchildren.com or The Missing clearinghouse page and ran across her case. It caught me somehow and has stayed with me. You're right. Her case is not well known or publicized. And that's very sad to me. I have done some further research online but there's just not much about her. So I try to keep her name out there as much as I can. Thank you for posting this,Sharon.

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  7. hello sharon, it's becca and i'm so sorry i haven't been commenting or messaging you at all. I have still read your blogs every now and then but I just never commented and i don't know why.. This is a very sweet message sent to michaela, i understand how hard it must be to spend christmas a without someone that means a lot to you, because 12 days ago, my grandmother passed away. It was a hard death especially since I had to spend my birthday at the viewing.. she died two days before my birthday and it was really hard. It wasn't a way I ever expected to spend my birthday, i'll tell you that. I wasn't very close to that grandmother, but I knew she always loved me and cared about me. Anyways, I hope even though you didn't have some of your relatives around that you had a great christmas! I still think of Michaela a lot and will keep her in my prays. Happy new year!I promise i'll be back soon – becca♥

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  8. Anonymous,your overwhelming need to know could be taken as insensitivity. This is not the sequel to a book or the next episode of Real Housewives. This is a little girl's life.And if the results come out one way or the other -it will change her mothers life. Do you understand that? Please exercise a bit more discretion and empathy. Thanks.

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  9. McBride, thanks for trying to defend me, but I don't think it's at all insensitive of people to want to know the answer. People don't always use the words that best convey what they mean, and you can't hear their voices in writing, but I know that many people are on edge waiting for the results of this test, and the only reason is because they love Michaela.But, Anonymous, I have no idea when we will know. Our police department though we'd get the results two weeks ago, then one week ago, then this week, but it's already Thursday night and no news. It was said to be a process that takes four to six weeks, and my understanding is that this is the fifth week.Thanks.

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  10. I apologize, and I look at your blog every hour for news If Michaela Is found. I still wonder about Michaela being found but I know that sometimes the best Is what we only dream about.

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  11. Hi Sharon, I wish you and your family had a great Christmas despite having to wait for the results. I was just reading the poem Michaela wrote that you have posted on the right column, it's remarkable…I don't know what to think about it. Did she like to write and had she written other poems aswell?

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  12. I read in an article somewhere once that the bone DNA does not match michaelas father. If this is the case, then it likely isn't her then right? I am so sorry for how long you've had to wait Sharon. I wish there was someone working there that would expedite it all for you since you've already waited for over 24 years. Blessings to you!

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  13. I read somewhere that the bone belongs to a girl age 5-14 around 1988-1989 and that theyre not that many missing girls around that time so it could be your daughhters, or Amber Swartz or Ilene Misheloff.

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  14. Actually the original estimate was a child age 8 to 10. Then they broadened it to possibly include ages 5 to 13. The well was sealed in 1990, so it would have happened before then. There are many circumstances that point to the likelihood of this being Michaela, but the more time goes by the more doubt enters my mind. I think I feel really that it is impossible to solve the case. But also, minus the DNA, the investigation into the bone is so complex I think it leaves room for error.

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  15. I read somewhere that It's possible that they killed 18 year old Dena Viola McHan In Stockton In June 7, 1981 and It has became public because that woman was a relative of assembly woman Cathleen Galgiani. Kimberly Ann Billy was killed and dumped In the well where they found JoAnn Hobson In December 11, 1984. 16 year old Ruth Ann Leamon went missing on the night August 19, 1982 from Modesto, Ca. Ruth Ann Leamon knew Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine and was seen by a friend In a local market with Both of them, and disappeared. It's possible that the well was used before 1981 and It used to belong to Wesley Shermantine's family.

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  16. Hello Sharon, just to clear up a few things. Jo Ann and Kimberly have been confirmed as the victims in the well, along with a fetus and a young black female. As we know there are a few more people who where in that well too. Kimberly came up missing before Jo Ann. We (my mom and I) where told Kimberly was the first person placed in the well but as we should all know by now the, sheriff's dept doesn't tell us everything. As for the land the well is on one of those guys family owned it. There is a possibility any one of the girls the other poster stated could be thier victims too. I sometimes feel people should read more about things before asking or saying things they don't have idea about. Michelle Loftis

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  17. Michelle and Sharon, you've both been through things that no one should ever have to experience. Sending you both strength. I wish I could say something to take away some of your pain. Cindy

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  18. Happy birthday, Sharon! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and a blessed new year. My thoughts are with you and your sweet Michaela as you continue to wait for news. -Julia

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  19. Yes, that really is Michelle. She has commented on my blog periodically since the child's bone was found among her sister's remains. Last week I attended a meeting of Shermantine's victims, victim advocates, attorneys, a couple of friendly law enforcement agents, Senator Galgiani, and Jeff Rinek, retired FBI. The whole Shermantine/Herzog thing is pretty complicated, but I'm slowly getting up to speed on it. I was able to finally meet Michelle in person there, along with her mother Joan Shelley (who I have spoken to before), and her sister.

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  20. Good morning Sharon, a happy belated birthday to you. I see someone ask about the fetus, it was at least 32 weeks. Today in the stockton record there's an article about those jerks. I think all of this is really getting to me! I know you're probably more on edge than me. Just know we keep you and your family in our thoughts. It was very nice to meet you and your daughter. I'm sure we'll see each other again. Have a happy New Year to everyone and take care.Michelle Loftis

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  21. I've wondered if she was a street person with no real family ties, no one to really miss her or report her missing. Then as sick as the S.F.K. were, I have even wondered if possibly they had taken a woman, gotten her pregnant and held her somwhere for months, then killed her. I think there is possibly much to be known about them still.Danya

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  22. Dear Sharon,I too just wanted to say happy birthday to you. I have commented on here before, but it has been a good while. I also just read the beautiful post you wrote about your mother on your other blog. So beautiful. I have said this before, but I am about Michaela's age (just turned 33) and lived in Danville, CA at the time that Michaela was kidnapped. She and your family have been on my mind all of these years, and then a couple of years ago I decided to look her name up online and discovered your powerful blog. Please know that God has kept you all on my heart, and as often as He brings you to my mind, I continue to pray. Pray for her. Pray for you. Pray for your whole family. Lord, have mercy. I am praying for you continually this week.With love and aching heart and much respect,Lauren (in Seattle)

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  23. No offense,Danya. But I think that's a very low possibility. I'm not very versed on these monsters but from what I have read they would not have kept someone as they both had wives and children. They murdered for “sport” like hunting,as sick as it sounds. I'm quite glad I don't read much about them. I personally feel the pregnant woman was a runaway who was pregnant in the early months when she disappeared and then had the misfortune of becoming a victim. I hope she and all of the others are identified and brought home to their families.

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  24. No offense taken. I hope so as well. I don't think there could be anything worse than not knowing what happened to a member of my family and being able to lay them to rest at a place of MY choosing. That really is what matters most in all of this. The families having back the precious loved ones who were taken from them. There really isn't much else that can be done for the victims or their families. But yes, you are probably right. If she ran away before her family knew she was pregnant, they probably haven't made the connection of a pregnant woman being reported in the news as found dead. I imagine law enforcement will compare her to non pregnant young black women who are reported missing. I hope your answer comes soon.

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