The water tower

We have made it to our new home in Iowa, and I really love it! I am not happy, because the truck with all our belongings is “weather delayed.” Or at least that is what it said yesterday. Today it says to call them. Praying for the best, and for the truck to get here soon. Highway 80 in Colorado has been closed in stretches since before we came through. We have had to go out and get a lot of temporary comfort things, like air beds and kitchenware, and a few chairs.

I really love our new house! It is ninety years old, although it has some newer additions. So it has some character. It is bigger than our old house. And the view outside the back windows and from the deck is just gorgeous. Right now it’s a bowl of snow, with lots of winter trees, and the bowl is circled by some nice houses with decks facing into it. It makes me feel like I am in a winter vacation villa.

One thing I can’t help coming back to in our back yard view, however, is that there is a large water tower in the bowl to the right, which you can see through the trees in the photo above. I know this is crazy, but there was one feature that seemed to run through the messages I received from the psychics who have contacted me over the years about Michaela, and that is a water tower. They saw her near a water tower. Of course, I thought that meant she had been taken to a place near a water tower, or buried in a place near a water tower, but now I can’t help but think, maybe it was this water tower they saw. Maybe they saw her near a water tower, but they were seeing where she would come home to. Because, well, because that is just how I think. In the few cases of missing children (or other crimes) where psychics have contributed accurate information, it has been pictures that were correct, rather than their interpretations of the pictures. For example, one little girl from Sacramento was missing, and a psychic said that she thought she was dead, because she saw her underground, wrapped in a blue blanket. When she was found, she was underground and she was wrapped in a blue blanket, but she was not dead. She was very much alive, in a church basement.

I’m not making anything of this. I’m not thinking that this is true, that it means Michaela is coming home. I just never think those thoughts anymore. After 31 years, I am not expecting Michaela to come home. But my eyes are drawn to the water tower nonetheless, and it keeps Michaela uppermost in my mind as surely as the familiar streets of Hayward did. Because, you know, wherever you go, there you are.

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  1. I love your beautiful mind Sharon, thank you for sharing your life so beautifully with all of us, I’m praying you and your family always receive the best that anyone has to give while you move forward with this new journey ❤️

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    1. That’s a beautiful picture Sharon, I love to eat snow every time I see it in a picture I crave it so much. I wish you the best with your new home and hopefully all your belongings arrive soon. Those trees are great to tie ribbons on for Michaela hopefully you get some answers to this 31 years old mystery if Michaela doesn’t come home hopefully this mystery cracks wide open so that at least you know what happened to your daughter.

      Sincerely
      Zahra

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  2. Good morning Sharon. Hope you are well? I have been thinking of the water tower ever since I read this post hopefully it brings the answer to what happened to sweet Michaela. I have been thinking of something lately I hope you don’t mind me suggesting something can you publicize Michaela’s case in Mexico? like channels that air in Mexico may be some fliers in Spanish if Michaela was taken to Mexico after her abduction some one knows something may be it will jogg their memory. I hope you don’t mind Sharon I really truly from the bottom of my heart pray for answers.

    Sincerely,
    Zahra

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  3. So frustrating. Is there more information pertaining to what happened to Michaela that psychics have information to you about? Besides seeing a water tower, There has to be more than just that. You have eyewitnesses and the car description.

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  4. Don’t all psychics have the key piece of information about Michaela? Psychics predict the future. Hayward Police need to solve your daughters case. Can you please share with us more info about Michaela’s leads. insanely ridiculous this has gone on for you for 30 years.

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    1. That is a huge assumption about psychics, and of course it is not accurate or there would be no missing children. I have kept blogs about Michaela for 11 years and you are welcome to go back and read them, but I’m not going to rehash the case yet again. And unless they have been in the media for some other reason I don’t share them at all in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

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      1. Thank you Mrs. Murch! I meant absolutely no disrespect. Love your blog!! ❤ And Maybe this water tower vision thing is actually correct and was a actual reality for Michaela, It’s completely possible all of these psychics were correct about a water tower. Who knows. Maybe it’s factual information.

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  5. I pray and hope that what the psychic predicted about the water tower is true and Michaela miraculously shows up this year anything
    and every thing is possible. Like Gerald I feel like Michael’s case has gone unsolved for a very long time it’s really frustrating. Really truly from the bottom of my heart I wish I can do something for Michaela to help find her. But one thing I have been doing is sharing her story with people her in southern California so they can love her and pray for her and her beautiful mother Sharon. As always I wish for the very best for Michaela and her beautiful mother Sharon. I promise if I every go to northern California I will take some beautiful ribbons to tie on the tree at the market parking lot. Michaela is very much loved and remembered by complete strangers from all around the world.

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  6. Hello Sharon, have you thought about circulating Michaela‘s flyers on Arabic Social Media ? You said that missing flyers weren‘t allowed in the UAE, but maybe you could post them on Facebook—Sites, perhaps of Politicians or popular persons. Instagram, etc — just to get the word out a little more.
    Perhaps more people from the UAE would pay attention to Michaela‘s case and maybe somebody will tell something..
    (Especially if there is a reward).

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    1. The only inroads we have been able to make into the UAE social media is American ex pats. I have been in contact with a few people who have said they would help, but they haven’t gotten back to me.

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  7. Good morning Sharon hope you are doing well. I have been checking your blog no new blogs lately. I hope you got all your belongings. I’m also in the process of moving but nothing far same city and state just a different home. Take care and I wish the very best for you and your lovely family. May today be the day all your prayers and anything every wanted comes true.

    Sincerely
    Zahra

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  8. Hello Zahra, I see that you are an active reader of this blog 🙂 Are you perhaps from Iran ? My aunt‘s name is Zahra too..

    To Sharon: I also hope you are having a wonderful day today — I just finished my prayers for Michaela and decided to check on your blog. It is beautifully written, in a way that only a mother could.

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  9. Hi Sharon,

    I have been a long time reader, but never commented before. I just wanted to let you know that you have a beautiful soul, and I really hope you are having a peaceful and good day today. So many people care about you and Michaela.

    Thank you.

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      1. Like always can’t stop thinking and wondering where did this monster take this beautiful nine year old girl? Hopefully he finally comes and confesses to where Michaela is its about time. If he does read this blog please do the right thing and let Sharon know where her beautiful daughter is. Or if someone else who knows what happened try and understand a mothers pain.

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  10. Hello Sharon, I hope you are having a wonderful day. I have been thinking a lot about Michaela these past weeks, I am constantly checking your Facebook page and blog because for whatever reason I expect something to happen that I don‘t want to miss…
    It‘s probably nothing, just me being too hopeful…

    Also, could you perhaps do a little, tiny update on the investigation ? Is it moving at all…?

    I wish you the best ❤

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    1. I actually don’t have any updates on the investigation. Our previous investigator was the type to check in, but the current one is not. And I have told them that is fine with me. It is too hard to stay in the roller coaster of possible leads, like waiting three months for a dna test on a piece of bone. I told them to let me know when they have an answer.

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  11. Yes, and that is not a very distinct description, especially because it has also been burgundy and cement color. The police released EVERYTHING to help find Michaela. They looked into everything and everyone. They brought in over 5000 leads, and in the end, that became a problem because there were too many leads to investigate. This blog is not here to second guess things that happened 31 years ago.

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  12. Your new home is so pretty with all the snow! Also I saw your artwork page, I was blown away by your work! ❤ Prayers always for you, your family and sweet Michaela ❤

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      1. Are you positive? Remember one of your blogs a older woman ran into the kidnapper at a grocery store and she was frightened after seeing him again and she told you about this

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      1. My message is in reference to the old woman who you said was pulling out of the cemetery and saw the kidnapper driving erratically. Then she saw him at a local grocery store. What came out of that?
        3 months later she came forward to you.

        – Gerald

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    1. It makes me wonder where this monster took this beautiful nine year old child? If he does read this blog it’s about time you come and confess to this crime.I know part of the reason Michaela’s case remained unsolved is because of too much leads not a lack of leads but if you truly know who the responsible is do the right thing come forward it’s been 31 years.

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  13. Hello Sharon, Hello Zahra,
    This is a very interesting point: I did not know that „too many leads“ was the issue with Michaela‘s case. I would love to know what the day–to day investigation of Michaela‘s disappearance looks like. Are the police working on it every single day or do they rather come together around once a week ? Is it a cold case ?
    And do you believe that the case will be solved, Sharon ? What does your gut feeling say ? I believe that a mother‘s Intuition is often a very accurate thing.

    Also, do you think that the wide publicity of Michaela‘s Kidnapping might have hurt the investigation rather than help it ? Too many people became aware of Michaela and gave too many leads ?

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    1. I really don’t know the answers to any of those questions. The investigation is, of course, different today and different from day to day. Naturally, new cases take priority. My honest gut feeling is that Michaela is probably not alive and probably won’t be found. But on the chance that she might be alive, I can’t give up. She might be suffering. She might need me.

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  14. Oh goodness no. Psychics are almost never that precise. If what they tell you is accurate, you can usually only see that after it’s solved. Most of what they say is inaccurate, and none of it is clear enough to solve the case. Most of them were ordinary people who had dreams or felt things and sent them to me after Michaela was kidnapped.

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  15. I don’t know why but lately I feel like something is happening in Michaela’s case something positive like answers coming soon. Either the police will solve it if not the police someone will come forward. A while back I saw a YouTube video it was some sort of card reading about Michaela’s kidnapper getting involved in a relationship with a woman who works in the medical field and she finds out about his dark secret he kidnapped a little girl a long time ago and its Michaela so she decides to come forward and report him to the police and the case gets solved. But it did not say if Michaela was alive or dead.

    Sincerely,
    Zahra

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  16. Hello Sharon, how are you doing in this chaotic time ? I hope you and your family are all well.

    There is something I‘d like to ask you about the „human trafficking“ theory in Michaela‘s case:
    As far as I know English speaking children are almost never trafficked because of their ability to speak a language that is used world wide. Why would anyone traffick a child that could just walk up to any person and tell them that he/she was abducted ? I would love to know what you think about this Sharon, I hope you don‘t mind me asking.

    Sincerely
    Yibeg

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    1. Generally these victims aren’t walking down the street talking to people. My personal thinking was that if Michaela was taken to a country where she didn’t speak the language it would be impossible for her to figure out things like how to use a phone, and she would be unable to communicate with most people.

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  17. Not only that she was only a child just nine years old. Look at Jaycee Dugard she was in the country had access to the internet and a phone later in her captivity but she never dared to even search her mother’s name let alone calling for help. Imagine all the fear Michaela must have been through and being in a foreign country just adds to all of that. Jaycee Dugard was still scared to even tell the parole officer her true identity and it wasn’t until Garrido himself confessed. So if Michaela is still alive possibly still living with her abductor she for sure is scared even if she could get help. If she is outside the country that’s even worse. Someone really needs to push her for her true identity remember she was only a child.

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  18. Sharon I have prayed so hard for you and your family and of course your beautiful Michaela for so many years. I was 12 when Michaela went missing and I want you to know that she might have saved countless others. I lived in another state and my father was a police officer but her kidnapping and the way she was lured were huge news. I don’t think people who were born after the 2000s could understand how few cases made national news before the internet and 24 hour news but Michaela’s case did. My dad said as far as he knew this terrifyingly simple way of luring a child had never been used before or since. After this parents and police everywhere made don’t go get something that has been moved a core part of child safety. I have 2 sons myself and sharing Michaela’s case with them and telling them how she was taken and how to never go get something that was moved was as much a part of their safety lessons as look both ways. I am so sorry that this terrible thing happened to you and your daughter and I pray that Michaela is found soon.

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