In the news

Just wanted to let my readers know that you may see Michaela mentioned in connection with a story being released today. A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of some of the victims of the Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog (the Speedfreak Killers) against the investigating sheriff’s department. The basis of the lawsuit is what is apparently gross incompetence in the investigation … incompetence so gross in fact that it rises to the level of actual obstruction of justice.

Michaela’s involvement in this is that there was apparently a Mary Jane type shoe recovered as part of the evidence in the case, and since Michaela was wearing Mary Jane type shoes at the time she was kidnapped, Hayward PD attempted to gain access to them so that they could photograph them to show me. They were completely stonewalled by the sheriff’s department and were never able to gain access to the evidence.

In hearing the details of this information from the retired FBI agent working with the families there, I could not imagine what possible motivation could lie behind what has gone on with the investigation there. Of course, you might remember that after the sheriff’s department displayed incompetence with digging up wells that were said to be burial sites, the FBI took it over … and then we heard nothing at all about it.

I know a lot of people were convinced that Michaela was a victim of the Speedfreak Killers, and Loren Herzog in particular. I remain unconvinced myself, but honestly this case put me through the deepest levels of hell a couple of years ago, when I spent three months of torture waiting for the identification to be done on a bone fragment that was thought to be Michaela’s. So I am not anxious to reopen this even in my head. It is my hope that somehow, someone who really cares about solving the cases affected takes control, and gets to the bottom of things. But until they find something that connects Michaela to this case, I’m keeping it on a way-back burner. For those who believe Shermantine said that Herzog kidnapped Michaela, he did NOT say that. He merely said that Herzog looked like our composite, which he does, along with a whole lot of other people.

But I just wanted to let you know what is going on.

Thanks for caring. 

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  1. I read a lot of true crime and have followed your blog for years. Today I was reading a blog from another mother with a missing child Johnny Gosch and she posted it looked like an almost idenical looking composite of Michaela's suspected abductor saying it was a composite of her son's abductor thought it was weird…

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  2. That is because they used a color composite that was created for Michaela's case. A young man with schizophrenia claimed he had helped to abduct Johnny and he picked our composite to represent someone he calls Tony, who he said drove the car at Johnny's kidnapping. Unfortunately, there are things said there that I just do not believe.

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  3. The Gosch case is a mess, and using a colored version of Michaelas kidnapper just muddies it more. I have gone back and forth on the speedfreak killers. I at one time thought it might be Herzog but Shermantine was pretty angry when his words were twisted. But even if it wasn't Herzog, the Sheriff absolutely obstructed justice, and Shermantine has been very clear that bodies have been buried in wells. The fact that they took him there and he pointed out burial sites, and they dug in the wrong spot, is outrageous!As you know sweet Michaela is always in my prayers, for a safe return. -Rod R.

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  4. I have been wondering if I should tell of something that happened 2 weeks before Michaela was kidnapped, but haven't said it publicly because it's not concrete proof. It is, however, compelling information. I will never forget it. :(My heart sank the day when Michaela was taken. I was living near the market at the time. My heart remains heavy to this day. Praying for Michaela, Sharon and her family always.

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  5. If you have any information that contains a name, an address, or a vehicle license plate, then you should by all means share the information. If there is no information that can be traced, after 26 years it probably won't be something that could be used, but if you send it to me I will forward it to the investigator.

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  6. I think if it may offer any insight to the case whatsoever, it is NOT something you should sit on. Unless you're reserved because it may impact you or a loved one directly, if it's a potential lead, I would get it out there if I were you.

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  7. Mercury news has a copy of an ultra disturbing document called “Declaration of KEVIN ATKINS” :*( —Were you informed of the entire grievous content b4 this went public?

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  8. Well I haven't read the declaration so I couldn't say for sure but I was told generally what is in it. It is not the first time law enforcement had stood in the way of our investigation though. It literally took years for our investigators to talk to the Garridos because the judge in the Jaycee case prevented them.I am actually starting to wonder about what is going on here though. I didn't see Michaela as central in this story. It is not our lawsuit after all.

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  9. Not sure if I correctly understood the text (due to my lack of fluent english) but I did understand that the part of the evidence, the shoe, could actually belong to Michaela. I don't exactly know what a “Mary Jane type” means, but I think the Hayward PD really need to gain an access to the shoe so you can tell whether it's Michaela's or not. It could be the first physical evidence, or what is it that they call it, in 26 years. Is it impossible for the PD to gain access to it?Please do correct me if I misunderstood something here. I'm not familiar with Herzog and Shermantine, are they killers or have they kidnapped other children or what.Emilia

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  10. Today’s SF gate news has your picture from 2012 on the front ❤ and a thought provoking summary of the key issues being addressed by Marc Klass” He lamented “the whole territorial issue, that 'this is my county, that makes it my case, and we don’t want you involved.’ It undermines the ability to share and get good information. It’s certainly unfair, it’s probably unethical, it’s most certainly immoral, it’s bad police practice and it’s something that shouldn’t be tolerated by the voters.”I have a deep admiration for the strong advocate voices emerging. The bold and caring taking a stand for victim family rights. Even if it is elimination of direction to look. Truth WILL prevail. I’m reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King’s quote “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent over the things that matter “

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  11. 2 hours ago on Twitter Photojournalist “Randee Deason @2hip4tv “ released a photo copy of “ An email frm #DOJ documents an exchange w/ San Joaquin Sheriff's Office about deleted files on missing person's “ Why such terrible unprofessional behavior?

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  12. I wonder if “speed”(receiving, selling and/or distribution of the methamphetamine drug) has anything to do with the reason for the disruptions and interferences with searching for further victims of Speed Freakers Shermantine and Herzog ?The Dept. Of Justice (DOJ) offers interesting info on drug trafficking and meth–“ Cartel heads make the major decisions, broker security with CORRUPT OFFICIALS, and negotiate at the international level. They retain overall authority over land, sea, and air movement of all drugs, liaise with the influential political families, establish major front operations, and generally facilitate cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and now methamphetamine movement to major U.S. markets.” “http://fas.org/irp/agency/doj/dea/product/meth/production.htm

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  13. Thank you, Sharon, for clarifying what Shermantine actually said. It's been reported many times that he said something else. It would be nice if reporters would stick to the facts and leave interpretation up to the reader. I hope your police department gets access to the information they need, hopefully to rule out any possibility that the shoe is Michaela's. What a horrible thought. Good for you for keeping this on a way-back burner for the time being. Cindy

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  14. Hey Sharon, did that anonymous ever give you useful info the one who said they lived by the market? Just curious is all. Cattycatcat

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  15. Today, I thought of how long ago you said you kept the kitchen light on every night. Sometime would you consider doing something like this this worldwide community virtual candle lighting on behalf of Michaela sometime.? http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/enter.cfm?l=engMeanwhile, it is beautiful to see the 190 !!! prayer support likes on your blog facebook post “Michaela’s Prayer Needs”. During difficult times like this Prayer, Luv and Concern Matters! ❤

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  16. Your e-mail response was quoted in this 3/14/15 news article : “ –Michaela's mother, Sharon Murch, said that while she has doubts that her daughter was abducted by the pair, she has been floored by the allegations. “All these people seem to completely lose sight of the fact that these are not just 'cases.' They are missing children, missing fathers, families who live with a million possible nightmares haunting them,” she wrote in an email. “I don't know how you can be a human being and not understand that, and not do everything in your power to help.” (((Thxs for being a voice for suffering victim families))) http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_27712994/retired-fbi-agent-alleges-san-joaquin-sheriffs-officeSherriff” Moore said Friday that he understood the evidence had been previously viewed, but “they can view it if they want to come down here and talk to us.” .. I wonder if Michaela’s case Investigators will now finally get to see a picture of the shoes?

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  17. I just don't understand why they won't you let you see the shoe????? Do they want to solve this case or not. It doesn't make any sense.

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  18. They don't seem to care about their cases … they actually deleted their unsolved cases from the missing persons database! Michaela's case is not theirs, so apparently it is unimportant.

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  19. Disgusting!!! Beyond comprehension!! I think of Judas betraying Christ & the suffering caused. The love of money can lead to decisions done with hardened hearts, blindness to compassion & betrayal of morals. Is this the core issue?I sure hope a comprehensive financial audit happens to every governing branch involved until the rotten fruit is found!

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  20. p.s .Does the sting of death continue to hold victory in the realm of despair? Let it not be the end of our thinking. Joining in uplifts pertaining to the missing case you posted about: Location of Sierra LaMar.

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  21. Off topic. Hi Sharon, Some people may want to reply to your newest Sharon.com blog but do not have the required accts to post. ” anonymous” is not avail. there. Not everyone has: “Google—LiveJourney—WordPress—TypePad—AIM—OpenId”God Bless.

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  22. Yikes! That is completely untrue. It is also untrue that Shermantine ever said he was responsible for kidnapping Michaela. He only said that he bore a resemblance to the composite of the guy who kidnapped “that Hayward girl.” I changed it on Wikipedia. Hope it stays changed!

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  23. Whatever information you have I encourage you to share it! Why hold it in for so many years? You just never know? It could be the missing piece that's needed to solve this case. Could be significant or insignificant? Let the detectives decide.

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  24. I called the ice cops the day michaela was taken me and my bro were coming back from 00 liquors buying beer for the game and when we got home that night I saw the story on the tv screen and i told my bro i just seen that girl with a long haired dude she was looking out the back window it was dirty and she was rubbing it tryin to clean it. It was a four door army type green sedan i called union city pd not hayward anyway I saw her and him gettin on the whpplei rd exit getting onto 880 heading towards hayward i will never forget that day im from union city all my life Logan class of 85 i just hope ucpd followed up on my tip david sisneroz davosis1@aol.com i pray she is found some day God bless

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  25. May the gentle whisper of God strengthen and comfort you.”The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a GENTLE WHISPER . I Kings 19:11-12— (Heart-Hugs)

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  26. Uplifts continue this special Easter weekend. God BlessVictory in Jesus – Selahhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtNjIrmuiWI

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  27. Galgiani and Geragos take on San Joaquin County in federal courtFriday, April 17, 2015) News10/KXTVhttp://www.news10.net/story/news/local/stockton/2015/04/17/galgiani-geragos-shermantine-herzog/25964659/

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  28. Recent Hayward perp- He”s been caught!! Sharon,Thanks a million for posting about this horrible situation on Michaela’s FB pg while he remained still on the lose!.. “Suspect arrested in attempted Hayward teen girl abductions” (Amen!)http://www.ktvu.com/story/28848654/suspect-arrested-in-attempted-hayward-teen-girl-abductions

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  29. oops.. Loose! p.s. While thanking God for the arrest I was brought to remember your “OurPrayer” post: “The tears to today’s sorrows prepare our hearts to embrace the joy of tomorrow”

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  30. “Who wakes up and says, let me put on my orange socks and get in my new white car and attempt to kidnap a little girl?”>THIS terrible GUY! > “Sagar Patel, a 22-year-old Hayward resident and a senior studying business administration and accounting at California State University East Bay, is being held in connection with the “harrowing” attacks, said Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban.He was arrested as he left his home Thursday and booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. Alameda County prosecutors charged Patel on Monday with three counts of attempted kidnapping to commit robbery”http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Man-held-in-kidnap-attempts-of-high-school-girls-6211395.php

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  31. I vote for YOU!! 🙂 I viewed this “nominate” article and now have my rough draft ready to send to moms@sfgate.com subject “mom’s we love”!! SFGate @SFGate • 2h 2 hours ago Nominate moms who make the Bay Area a better place for families and kids http://sfg.ly/1bphuzy ?? May I add a link of you and your kid’s pic from the last anniver. Gathering ? or just say pics of you & children are on FB and blog???(Rough Draft) I vote for SHARON MURCH, mother of Michaela Joy Garecht missing since 1988. Mrs Murch has: written and amazon published a safety handbook- Keeps an on-going Face Book page for her missing daughter,(5,133 followers!) And Blog (current 684428 views! ) and holds a yearly public anniversary gathering.(links below)— Sharon Murch also works as a paralegal in the helping field, cares for rescue dogs @ home AND has raised a handful of wonderful children! She is an inspiring mom we, world-wide, respect and love<3 https://www.facebook.com/MichaelaJoyGarechthttp://www.dearmichaela.com/by Sharon Nemeth Murch (Author) http://www.amazon.com/Listen-To-Your-Smart-Voice/dp/1442193301

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  32. 🙂 !!! ?? May I add a link of you and your kid’s pic from the last anniver. Gathering ? or just say pics of you & children are on FB and blog??? The pic link I was thinking of was on this blog under anniv. Tab “Hugs For Michaela” from Thursday, November 20, 2014. Is this one ok?

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  33. Before I sent in the vote for you this blog had “current 684428 views! “Today I notice the views is up to 686329!! 🙂 Even in silence…. pockets of world-wide Luv, Support and Concern continues !! ❤

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