31 years without Michaela

Tomorrow is the 31st anniversary of Michaela’s kidnapping. What kind of a person is still here pounding the keyboard about a child who has been missing for 31 years? A mother to whom that child was an answer to prayer after five years of infertility. A mother who knows that child glowed with love and light. A mother who wants to keep her child’s light alive in the world, who wants everyone to remember that she was here. A mother who worries that she may still be here somewhere, might be suffering, might still need her help. A mother who loves her child always and forever.

I have posted the anniversary in Facebook this year as a “wherever you are” event, so that people can hang a ribbon on their porch, on their tree, wherever they may be. The ribbons started out yellow, but we use all colors now. Someone asked what Michaela’s favorite color was, and I remembered all her drawings, and I had to answer “rainbow,” so I bought a few spoils of rainbow ribbon to use this year,

Our family will be going to the place where Michaela was kidnapped to tie ribbons on the tree there. It may actually be the last time we are able to do that. As difficult as it is for me to believe, we are selling our house in the Bay Area to move out of state, for financial reasons, and hopefully some peace of mind. The last few years have been very hard. This month has been so awful. So next year, it may be that we will be remembering Michaela “wherever we are” by tying ribbons on our front porch.

Tomorrow at the market, we will tie ribbons. We will not be giving speeches. I am worn out. It’s not a private event, so anybody who wants is welcome to come. I will bring buttons for those who may want them. As a former chemo patient, I want to warn you that most of the people in our family are sick right now, so you might not want to get too close. We want to look out for the very young, the very old and immunocompromised.

If you accept my invitation to remember Michaela wherever you are, if you would like to email me photos at sharon.murch@gmail.com, I will try to post them here in a blog.

Thank you everyone for remembering Michaela. And Michaela if you are out there somewhere, please remember you are never forgotten. You are always loved. Nothing that may have happened, no time that may have passed will ever change that. Wherever we are, we will have a safe place for you to come home to. You can contact me here, through this blog anytime, from anywhere.

I love you forever, baby girl. I miss you for always. 💔

mom

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  1. Michaela was in my Bible class during summer Bible time at Fairway Park Baptist church. I still remember her. I pass the market on Mission Blvd every Sunday on my way to church in Fremont. I pray for her every time I pass the market. I will never forget her..

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  2. Been thinking of you and michaela all week sharon. I’m so sad to hear you are leaving California. Where ever you move to May you be in peace.

    Sincerely
    Zahra

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  3. Your fortitude in life is amazing. I’m not sure if we’ve actually met, but I grew up in Hayward and was very familiar with Michaelas story. It’s been an honor to get to know Johnna in the more recent years and of course the ever adorable Theo. I hope that moving will provide some financial relief and start a new family area for you there. I know that Amanda and Justin will miss you all so much.

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    1. I think we have crossed paths a million times at CVDAA events but haven’t been introduced. We are looking forward to a calmer simpler life, but first we have to get through the stress of getting to it!

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  4. Hello, Sharon as hard as this May be to believe nothing is impossible. Sometimes things happen when we least expect them to happen this world is a weird place. Each moment of life is a mystery we don’t know what will happen the next moment and that’s both beautiful and sometimes hard. The day Michaela was kidnapped was a complete mystery nor did you or Michaela expected This would happen. Michaela had no idea about some ones bad intentions, she was an innocent child looking for her scooter and was snatched and has been missing for 31 years. It is very possible just as unexpectedly it all happened she could be found just the same way when you least expect it. Look at the East area rapist case the victims affected by his crimes got a phone call one day when they least expected after four decades that they arrested a suspect.

    Sincerely
    Zahra

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  5. There are a few comments I have received and not posted. This is not a true crime site, and I’m just not here to rehash what happened 31 years ago. The police and FBI were right on this case from the first day and did everything they could have or should have. Thanks.

    Michaela’s mom

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  6. Happy thanks giving Sharon. Stay dry and warm it’s a snowy one in Northern California. Drive safely if you are planning on any Black Friday shopping.

    Sincerely
    Zahra

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    1. No snow here. In fact barely any rain. None of the dramatic things they predicted. Kind of disappointing actually, since I don’t actually have to go anywhere. Today my microwave suddenly went out. I got on amazon prime now and has a new one delivered to the door in two hours!

      You have a happy Thanksgiving too, and thank you for your continued support!

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  7. Sweet Sharon just watched Michaela’s case on unsolved mysteries by Robert Stack. And I also just saw on the news today another old case just got solved the Racine County Jane Do. Every time I here about a old cold case that has been solved it gives me more hope for Michaela like the Linda okefe case. I pray that the next old cold case I hear is solved is about Michaela Garecht found alive and well reunited with her lovely mother.And hopefully it happens before you leave from California Sharon so that you take your baby with you. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you and Michaela. My first born child my son was born in November So every November I’m thinking of a lovely mom and her beautiful first born child who was snatched from her. Lots of prayers for sweet Michaela. Where ever you are Michaela day or night in the USA whether you are California or another state or in another part of the world you are truly loved find a way to reach out for help you can do it contact your mother let her know you are here.

    Sincerely
    Zahra

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    1. Oh believe me, wherever I go will be home for Michaela if we find her. My grandson was also born in November. It had to give us some pleasant association for the month, which has been so filled with so many bad things.

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  8. Ask Trina is she saw Michaela’s kidnapper today in person, Would she recognize the man? Would she know it is the kidnapper who she saw? She’s the eyewitness and her and Michaela are the one who know what he looks like. Trina saw the kidnapper can identify him in person and lineup.

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      1. I’m asking would Trina recognize the kidnapper if she saw him in person today 31 years later? Would she recognize his face/other features? Like his “Fox eyes” Because she is the eyewitness that’s the question

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      2. How could anybody know? Considering the fact that the kidnapper is 31 years older, I doubt it, but we won’t know unless she sees him. But she is always shown photos of anything she might recognize.

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  9. Hello, Sharon

    Other than Trina no one else saw the kidnapping is that true? Nobody remembers seeing this person move Michaela’s scooter near his car??it’s crazy how lucky he got I visited the parking lot during my trip to the Bay Area two years ago and I parked next to or the same spot as the kidnapper I stayed in the car for like five minutes and customers kept coming and exiting the market. I wonder if it was less busier in the 1980s. It’s very possible this individual still resides in one of the Bay Area cities today. Some body must have seen or heard something that they might think it’s to small of tip but that one tiny tip could crack this case wide open like the Jaycee Dugard case. Was there money reward offered in Michaela’s case? Michaela has to be some where she can’t just vanish into thin air. And until proven that she’s in heaven I truly believe she is alive and somebody has her and until then I will always give her beautiful mother Sharon virtual support to continue the search because this will prove to Michaela that she will was never forgotten and her mothers love is unconditional no matter what has happened in the past three decades her mother still loves her and wants her home. And I bet the kidnapper is not liking this publicity. Happy Holidays Sharon and May this Holiday season bring all your wishes and desire to realty with the return of your sweet Michaela.

    Sincerely
    Zahra

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    1. Thank you and happy holidays to you too Zahra. As I have said, I have no desire to rehash what happened 31 years ago. I truly believe the investigators did everything they could, and we have an avalanche of leads and information that they tell me they are still working on. I am not here to second guess or run the investigation. I am not here to “search” or generate leads. I am here to remember Michaela, to keep her light shining, and to reach out to her, in case she is still out there somewhere.

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  10. Dear, Sharon

    I’m very sorry if I have hurt you in any way Sharon. I can’t even imagine what you have been through in this past three decades. What ever happened or did not happen that day is history other then sweet Michaela her self.

    Sincerely,
    Zahra

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  11. Hi Sharon! I’m an 18 yr old girl living in Florida who is really interested in unsolved crimes. I try to avoid abductions because they make me really sad, but I came across your blog after searching Reddit, read all your posts. I’m so so sorry this has happened to you. Tears sprang out of my eyes while reading it. Your love for Michaela is infinite and I felt it with every word. I’m not religious, but I’m praying one day you will get an answer and find peace. You’ll always be in my thoughts. Merry late Christmas!! I’m going to try to spread awareness on this case even if it might not help much.

    Love, Katherine

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  12. Dear, Sharon

    Here I’m again. I just wanted to share this with you I just did a hafez reading for Michaela. So basically it’s a Persian book of poems it’s in Farsi and it has it translation in Farsi that explains the poem in regular or more easier to understand Farsi. So pretty much you ask a question in your mind and open it up and it gives you a reading. I of course said is Michaela some where in the USA here is how the reading came. I will tell you in English. The way to reach your destination is far and long in distance and that you referring to Michaela need to really try and work hard it and continue praying to get help from god and remember the love and support of your close ones. I thought it was nice to share this with you. And I also just finished saying a prayer for your sweet child Michaela. Have a lovely evening .

    Sincerely,
    Zahra

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  13. Sharon, what do you think the likelihood is of Michaela being alive thirty one years later and the likelihood of her kidnapper being incarcerated or alive?

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  14. The kidnapper is really not whom this blog or search is after, it’s about Michaela Joy Garecht. Hopefully this kidnapper could be brave enough to surface may be write to the Hayward police department and finally do some good and confess to this crime and let this lovely mother know where her child is but if doesn’t want to be caught he can do it anonymously. As a regular follower of this blog I notice how Sharon is only writing to her daughter or about her daughter not about grudge and revenge or what she wishes to happen to this individual whom caused her lots of pain. So if anybody knows something or the responsible himself reads any of this please please just be brave and at least let sharon know what happened to her daughter do it anonymously. Let her reunite with her daughter if she is alive Michaela’s birthday is around the corner do it for her birthday. Michaela if you are alive contact your mom come home celebrate your 41st birthday on January 24 with the ones that truly love you and care for you. If the responsible is reading this I’m sure you know Michaela’s birthday is this month just return her, may be write a confession letter and place it on the tree in the parking lot you took her from. If she’s alive just drop her off there and tell her to find a way to contact the police or her mom. Lots and lots of prayers for Michaela and Sharon and also lots of prayer for anybody with information to finally have the courage and come forward.

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  15. Dear, Sharon

    Last night when I layed in bed to sleep my 5 year old son came next to me and I couldn’t believe what he asked me, he said mom has the police find Michaela yet? I said no my son they have not. Then he said mommy who took michaela? was a he a bad person? I said yes my son. And finally he asked if Michaela misses her mommy? I said yes my child for sure she does. So I asked him how he knows about Michaela he said he remembers me watching her on TV oh I said the unsolved mystery episode I watched about Michaela while he was home. I hope you are doing well Sharon. You and Michaela are always in my prayers. Michaela’s supporters range from toddlers to teenagers,young adults and seniors.

    Sincerely
    Zahra

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