Michaela’s case has been solved

I am writing this on Saturday, December 19, 2020. In two days the Hayward Police Department, Alameda County District Attorney, and FBI will announce to the world that after 32 years and 32 days, they have identified and charged Michaela’s kidnapper with homicide. They have not found Michaela, but they have identified her kidnapper. He is in prison for murder, and is currently on trial for two other murders. He is a monster. Seriously what drives a human being to do something like this? What even enables him to? On Monday just before the press conference, they will be filing homicide charges against this man. David Misch is his name. You aren’t going to find a lot of information here about him, or about the investigation. That will come from the Hayward Police Department.

As for me? What you will hear about from me is the only thing I care about. Michaela. And maybe love, maybe grief, maybe faith, although I have to tell you I feel as though I am wandering around lost. I am looking, looking again for the answers I thought I had found, but all I can find right now is emptiness. There has been this really big feeling that has been rolling around inside me, creating a giant hole, and just this morning I figured out what it is. It is a feeling that my daughter has been alone for these 32 years. While I was running around doing interviews, writing blogs, tying ribbons on trees, she was lying cold and alone. You know that I have been able to accept the likelihood that Michaela was like no longer alive. How many times have I said it would be a comfort to know that she had been in a better place for all these years rather than spending a lifetime in pain, fear, grief? But what I realize is that I had never at all been able to envision her being dead. Misch killed his victims by stabbing. One young woman was shot, but on that occasion he was trying to kill two at once. So this is what I am left with. I can touch only the edges of this knowledge, just skimming the surface, because it is too painful. While I have envisioned Michaela as not living in this world, she was always in a good place. I have seen her floating on clouds, running in grass meadows. I have literally envisioned the two of us sitting on stars in eternity, drinking tea and chatting, in a place where all the horrors of this life have faded into insignificance in the greater whole. Now, for some reason, I can no longer see those places. I can only see my child cold and alone. I feel like I abandoned her to pursue rabbit trail, when all this time I should have been lying with her.

I know that sounds crazy. But there is no logic to the feelings I have had since receiving this news. To even put them into words is impossible. I have had to tell people that asking, “how are you?” is not a good idea, because there just is no answer to that question. This has driven me into silence. I have learned that it is actually possible to stay in bed all day, and then again all night. Honestly, part of what this withdrawal is about is seeking some sort of answers, some sense of truth. I lie there and I ask to be shown something, to be able to feel something, to feel Michaela’s presence, to feel God’s presence, but there is nothing. My faith has been shaken.

When in the past people have questioned why God didn’t help Michaela, I have said that we don’t know that he didn’t. As far as we know, God could have sent his angels to hold her, to take her out of her body so she would not feel the pain and terror. I pray now that this is true.

I’m sorry. This seems like a dark place I am taking you to here. I want you to know that I am thinking of you, my friends, who have accompanied me on this long journey, those who have loved a little girl they never even met, as well as those who loved the little girl they knew. For many of you, I can see your names floating before me because of your frequent expressions of love. (Including you, Zahra!) I know that your hearts are breaking with mine. Maybe someday I will have something reassuring to say again, but right now I just don’t. Nothing. I am on my knees.

And to Michaela, I am so so so sorry baby girl. I feel as though I let you down in a million ways. I was listening to Rescue by Lauren Daigle yesterday. This has been my song for you, and I broke down because I had not been able to rescue you, because I had never ever been able to rescue you. I wonder if God can rescue me? I am trying to hold onto what has kept me going for awhile now, and that is that I know you are a bright and shining light. You were a light to all who knew you when you were here in the world, and you have been a light even to strangers beyond number since you have been gone. I will, we will, try to keep that light shining for you.

I love you forever, baby girl. Rest well. I have some things to do here yet, but I will see you in the not terribly distant future.

mom

***

I was unable to attend the press conference in the Bay Area, because I moved to a small, peaceful town in southwest Iowa at the beginning of this year. Since then I have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. I am undergoing treatment, and I am at high risk, so I am not traveling due to covid precautions. This is the statement I gave to the police for use at their press conference.

STATEMENT FOR PRESS CONFERENCE

            First, I would like to address all the people who have accompanied me on this long, long journey. I know that as you hear this news, your hearts are breaking, along with mine. In the last year, I had come to a place of accepting that Michaela was probably no longer alive. But somehow, that acceptance was far more wrapped up in the idea of Michaela sitting on fluffy pink clouds, walking streets of gold, dancing on grassy hills, soaring among the stars. What I did not envision was my daughter as a dead child. It was only when I heard this news, that this vision of reality appeared, and I honestly have not figured out what to do with it. A chill set in that had nothing to do with the snow outside my home in southwest Iowa. I feel as though I am still looking for Michaela, but now I don’t know where. I honestly feel lost in the dark.

            Over the years, I often wondered whether I really wanted to know the truth of what happened to Michaela. I wondered if I would be able to take it. When I received news of the kidnapper having been identified, I asked the hard questions of Detective Purnell, of what method this man used to kill his victims, and received answers, and they were not easy. When I had doubted whether I would want to know, it always came back to, if Michaela could experience it, I could hear it. Because it’s not about me. It’s never been about me, about my feelings. It is and always has been about Michaela. What I have been through is nothing. What I feel is not important. It is only about Michaela. The thoughts of her fear, her pain, her grief, are overwhelming. 

            Yet, as I told our detective, I am glad that the kidnapper has been identified. I am glad that there are answers. I am glad that this man will never be able to hurt anyone else.

            I also want to thank all the men and women of Hayward PD who have worked so hard on Michaela’s case for all these years, and those who have propped me up in some of the hardest parts. I was disappointed when those who worked on the case at the time of the Garrido investigation rotated out or retired. But when Detective Robert Purnell took over the case, each of them assured me that I could not ask for a better investigator. It seems they were right. Never would I have thought that this case would be solved after 32 years! Nor was it solved by a witness providing information. It was solved by painstaking police work. My thanks also to Fremont PD, for remembering Michaela and bringing Hayward into their own case.  In this, I see the better angels of the investigative process, where beyond cases there are human beings. I remember visiting Hayward PD awhile into the investigation, and seeing the rows of filing cabinets filled with information on Michaela’s case. Every drawer was marked, not with a case number, but with a photograph of a little girl. My little girl. 

            So thank you, all of you, for your love, a love that has endured decades, for Michaela. I ask that you please don’t forget her now. She is no longer a case, but she is what she always has been, and that is a bright and shining light, and in her absence from this earth, it is up to us to find a way to carry her light forward. 

Update on Michaela Garecht Investigation from Randee Deason on Vimeo.

Hayward Police Department Press Release: 

Suspect Charged in Murder of Michaela Garecht

HAYWARD, Calif., December 21, 2020— After more than 30-years of exhaustive and determined
investigative work, today the Hayward Police Department can announce 59-year David Misch
has been charged in the murder of Michaela Garecht. On November 19, 1988, nine-year-old
Michaela was kidnapped from the Rainbow Market located on Mission Boulevard in South
Hayward. Several witnesses provided a description of the suspect who was seen pulling
Michaela into his vehicle. It is a tragic story that has gripped the Bay Area for decades now
brought to a close by new facts in the case.

This investigation experienced a breakthrough earlier this year when fingerprints from the
scene were matched to the suspect. Misch has not been a threat to society as he has been in
State Prison since 1989 for a murder. He also is awaiting trial for a double murder committed in
Fremont in 1986.

The Hayward Police Department would like to thank the FBI, Fremont Police Department,
Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for their
partnership, cooperation and assistance in this investigation.

Additionally, we want to commend the numerous men and women in the Hayward Police
Department who have spent thousands of hours, pouring their heart and soul into bringing
justice to Michaela’s family. This was an ongoing team effort.

Chief Toney Chaplin stated, “The Hayward Police Department has never stopped seeking justice
for Michaela and her family. I have a lot of pride in our organization and am grateful for the
men and women in the building who have shown their perseverance and tenacity to bringing

closure to Michaela’s family. We have always kept Michaela at the forefront of our efforts and
understand important questions remain unanswered, but we are happy to provide some peace
to Michaela’s family and the Hayward community.”

Alameda County District Attorney Press Release

DA CHARGES DAVID MISCH WITH SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES MURDER

DA CHARGES DAVID MISCH WITH SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES MURDER IN THE 1988 DISAPPEARANCE AND KILLING OF NINE-YEAR-OLD MICHAELA GARECHT

Police identify suspect and DA files charges in cold case that has haunted the Bay Area for over 30 years

Oakland, CA- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today filed a criminal complaint against David Misch. The complaint charges Misch with the murder and kidnapping of Michaela Garecht on November 19, 1988, in the city of Hayward. In addition to the charge of Murder, a violation of Penal Code Section 187, the District Attorney also alleges Special Circumstances in that Michaela was murdered in the course of a kidnapping, a violation of Penal Code Section 190.2(a)(17)(ii), and the Special Circumstance of being convicted previously of murder, a violation of Penal Code Section 190.2(a)(2).

Michaela Garecht was only nine years old when she was kidnapped outside a neighborhood market in Hayward. The brazen kidnapping occurred mid-morning on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. For more than 32 years, Michaela has never been seen or heard from, nor has her body or any of her remains been found. However, fingerprints found on the scooter she was riding at the time she was abducted matched Misch’s fingerprints. Further, eyewitness evidence places Misch in the immediate location at the time the kidnapping occurred.

“The kidnap and murder of a child is horrific. The pain to the family and friends is indescribable, especially when their child is not found. This crime shocked not just the local community, but the entire Bay Area and the nation,” said DA O’Malley. “I hope that today’s action and announcement will provide some comfort to Michaela’s family in knowing that justice will prevail, even after 32 years since this horrible crime.”

Michaela was kidnapped on the morning of November 19, 1988 after she and her friend rode scooters to the Rainbow Grocery on Mission Blvd in Hayward. They left the scooters outside while they entered the store to buy some snacks. Several minutes later when they came out, one of the scooters had been moved behind a car parked in a nearby space. When Michaela went to fetch the scooter, the driver of that car grabbed her as soon as she walked past his door. He forced her into the front seat of the car. He backed out and sped south on Mission Blvd.

Hayward Police Department never stopped looking for the man who kidnapped and killed Michaela. Around the 30th anniversary of Michaela’s kidnapping, they once again scrutinized all evidence, leads and potential witnesses. Their current fingerprint examiner was provided names of persons of interest. Misch’s name was one of the names provided to her. She began comparing the fingerprints of the names given to her. She was able to match Misch’s fingerprints to those on the scooter. Their ability now to compare prints has been significantly advanced through software, technology and science.

These charges come after more than three decades of investigation led by the Hayward Police Department with the help of many local law enforcement agencies as well as the FBI. The tireless work of Hayward detectives, who never gave up on the case, enabled the DA’s office to file these charges.

District Attorney Nancy O’Malley thanks the Hayward Police Department and their dedicated personnel for their unwavering efforts to solve this case. Deputy District Attorney Mark Melton from the Cold Hit Unit worked tirelessly with the Hayward investigators over the entirety of this investigation. The District Attorney’s Office will continue to work to see justice done.

Misch is currently facing other charges in Alameda County for the murder of two women in Fremont committed in 1986, and is also currently serving time in State Prison for the 1989 murder of a woman in the Hayward area.

Misch is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday, December 22nd at 8:30 am in Department 712. All proceedings are conducted remotely via Bluejeans.

District Attorney Contact: PIO Anna Kelly //Anna.Kelly@acgov.org// (510) 919-0081

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      1. You remember me as Jason Barnard for 32 years we have laid out yellow ribbons in hope that she would come home. Might I suggest white ribbons in there place to remember her by. Sharon my heart is broken. Broken for the loss of my friend and broken because I can’t emagine your pain. I’m so sorry we had to have it end this way. I pray you can lay her to rest soon.

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      2. Of course I remember you! You started the yellow ribbons for missing children. I am no longer in California, so this year I put up my Christmas tree on November 19th, and I decorated it with ribbons in rainbow colors, red at the bottom, violet at the top. From now on I will include white ribbons as well. You take care, Jason. Thank you for being Michaela’s friend.

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  1. Sharon, I am praying for your family right now. If you were here I would give you a large hug. I am also praying that you will be able to find Michaela’s remains so you can have a more complete closure.
    Love you, Nancy Keim

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      1. Dear Sharon,
        I have been following your blogs silently since 2009. I am Michaela’s age and have thought of her often ever since I came across your writing. I cannot tell you how much I’ve been moved by your love for your baby girl. This latest information is heartbreaking.
        Oh Sharon.. I am so very sad about this. Your love for her is so pure and so strong… she hasn’t been cold and alone all these years.. she knew how much her mother loved her.
        Sending you lots of strength.
        Love,
        Vidhu

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  2. This news broke my heart. I am a 55 year old man and I am in tears. I am so sorry Sharon. Not the ending anyone wanted. Prayers to all of you Rod Robison

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  3. Dear Sharon, i have no words. I am so sorry this happened to your dear Michaela.
    our hearts are broken for/with you. She will never be forgotten. I pray they find her remains soon. you are in my thoughts all the way here in South Africa.

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  4. Praying for you Sharon!! … Not much can be said to help you feel better at the moment – but for what’s it’s worth, nothing has changed to keep you from thinking she was on pink fluffy clouds- you know in your heart that she was and IS beaming in eternity until she sees you all again💕…. thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, for the rest of us!

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  5. Sharon, no one can know or understand your pain. I am praying for you and your family during this very difficult time! I pray that you will feel Gods presence and warmth. Here is there with you even when we feel so alone. My heart aches for you. Hugs…Take care of yourself.

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    1. Sharon, Michaela was part of my childhood. As a little girl at the time I couldn’t understand how she was taken away. I lived in a Hayward neighborhood not far from there. I tried to imagine what had happened. Every child became more aware of their surroundings after that day. We never stopped praying for you and your family. Please understand this break in the case somehow awakes the hope Michaela case will be solved and bring closure. I’m truly sorry for your loss. You are forever in my heart. God bless you.

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  6. I was happy/sad listening to the live news today, then your statement was read and I started crying. I have sat here for 30 minutes trying to think of the right words to type. There are none. Your statement clarified how optimism sometimes loses a battle, leaving a new set of emotions and thoughts to process. I pray Michaela is brought home to you. Hugs and love to you and your family.

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  7. Sharon, we watched the new conference, we are so sorry. I will still say a prayer for her and you when we walk by the ribbon tree every morning. ❤

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  8. Its been a long time, My mom Connie said she used to “baby sit” me, I am sure that just means she kept me out of trouble when playing,, being the older kid. I know you don’t know me but I pray for your strength, love and peace. I pray that you find the closure you are looking for and just know she is in Heaven as beautiful and happy as you remember her. I am so sorry this has happend to you both, my own children know of this story (12,13 and 14) and we practice mindfulness and always keep our eyes open for all women and children when we are out and about. Bless your heart Sharon.

    Connie Sandoval’s oldest Son.

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  9. I will never forget Michaela. I never met her but we were the same age and from the same area. Sending you all the love and care in the world. Praying for your healthy recovery. 💜

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  10. I am in tears heaving read the news on SFGate, and now, your blog. I have no words. I’ve been following your writing and Michaela’s story for years. Sending you and your family a lot of love.

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  11. I’m so sorry your grief is so strong right now. Please try to remember she’s still sitting on clouds, smiling, and you’ll still sit together one day. (((Hug)))

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  12. I have a daughter the same age as Michaela. When the information of this awful event unfolded, the thought of this occurring to my daughter was so unbearable. I am so sorry for the tragedy you endured. Please take some comfort in knowing so many shared so much of your pain.

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  13. I’m so sorry you didn’t get the good news of her being alive still but I’m happy you finally know. I’m so sorry for your loss. Michaela and your family will always be in my thoughts.

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  14. I remember this case fondly. At the time, I was 7 living in Union City and I remember my parents being saddened by this case. Now, some 32 years later, there is some closure on the case. Being a father of two girls, rehashing my feelings in this case reveals a much more sadness for all you have gone through. I just hope and pray she is at peace and is looking down at you waiting for the day you two are reunited. I send nothing but love and support to you.

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  15. Dear Sharon,

    I’m in tears as I read this, my heart breaks for you and your family. I will be praying for all of you, may you find strength. I have followed Michaela’s story for over 17 years now, I have tied yellow ribbons for her, I briefly emailed with you years ago and I have been here reading your blog for so many years now. I will never forget Michaela and the light that she is, through you she has touched my life and so many lives. Sending you and your family love.

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  16. Dear Sharon, it is hard to say anything except I am glad they found Michaela’s murderer. I am also sad they found him since that means your little girl has long since left this vale of tears. Such a torrent of bittersweet emotions for you and your family. My thoughts and heart go out to all of you.

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  17. Dear Sharon, I was a little girl in the Bay Area when Michaela was taken and I have never forgotten her face. Please know that her story is remembered and she is in our hearts and you are in our prayers. Whenever I’ve seen a child in distress I help them and will continue to do so. Wishing you peace’s

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  18. As soon as I saw her name I totally remembered her story, as I am a few years older than her. I am so sorry you have to endure this harsh reality . I couldn’t imagine going through what you’ve been through. I’m a mother and truly feel your pain, your anger, your sense of hopelessness. I’ll pray for God to give you strength, for your own health that you fight for now and for the fight you still have for your daughter. Sending love and prayers ❤️🙏🏼🕊

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  19. Michaela has-been safe all along. She was no longer her body and her spirit was free from the moment she passed. Your suffering is real – There is no closure for a momma who loses a child to violence. You rest. We will hold you up with our spirit-energy until you are ready to rise again.

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      1. Dear Sharon – Loving yourself, taking good care of yourself and letting yourself grieve – however that looks like, and however long it takes – these are my prayers for you.

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  20. My heart breaks for you and Michaela. I hope that you find peace and surround yourself with love during this difficult time. and I hope Michaela has been at peace for all of these years.

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  21. Hi Sharon. After reading your blog I would like to send you a copy of my book that was just published. I am a chaplain with several East Bay law enforcement agencies and wrote about my own journey of faith as I’ve interacted with people over many years who have experienced tremendous loss. The book really speaks to your faith dilemma BUT isn’t a book of answers. As you know, there are no answers that suffice. But the journey of faith is real. May I send you a copy? If so, email me at nvleisides@yahoo.com. The book is titled Used to Go to Church.

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  22. Sharon, your words shared Michaela’s beautiful love and light throughout the world. Whenever I hear her name, I think of a light of pure love. She made this world a more beautiful place and so did you. You’re both loved by so many. My love is with you, Michaela, and all your family and loved ones now and always.

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  23. Dearest Sharon,
    The news is not happy, but it is confirmation that she has not suffered all these years. My heart breaks again for her, and for you as you have been suffering all these years. I read your post and am even more heartbroken to see you so distraught, thinking of Michaela being alone. Please try to remember that once she passed she was no longer in her broken body, and I believe she really has been in a much better place and feeling loved. My biggest hope is that you are able to reunite with her when you leave this world. Sending much love to both of you.

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  24. I have read your blog for years, and prayed for your family for years. I am in tears over this news, instead of the happy cheers I thought I would have if this case was ever solved. I think about you all now and again, and I recognized the name immediately when I saw the news story of his arrest. I am a stranger and not from your area, but my compassion for wronged children made me curious about this kidnapping years ago. Michaela has blessed me beyond measure and I never met her; I met her through you. Know that my prayers will not stop. I am praying that you can finally bring her home. Much love to you as you grieve. Thank you for sharing her with us.

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  25. I am so sorry… I’ve followed your blog for years. Please know that many extra hugs were given to my daughters with thoughts of you and Michaela after reading your posts. Michaela’s influence allowed little girls to stay up later to hang out, cuddle longer and allow me to appreciate even mundane moments.

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  26. I am so sorry. As I write this, I am holding you and Michaela in my heart.

    I am also a kidnapping victim. When I was 3 years old I was taken from my home by a man named David Elliot Penton. You may have heard his name. I hadn’t until very recently, although I’ve lived with him as a phantom in my mind for almost 40 years.

    He also killed children. Little girls. I am one of the “lucky” few survivors. I say “lucky” because while I am undoubtedly fortunate to have my life, I know that a part of me never returned. And I ask why? Why am I sitting here at home with my son in the next room, while Michaela never got that chance. I grieve so deeply for every child who suffered alone and never came back.

    I discovered the identity of my kidnapper online, while reading about another child who disappeared the year after I was taken. She also has never come home. He is suspected of being her kidnapper as well.

    He just left me where he took me. I was lucky, I was left during the summer. She was taken in December. Did he walk away from her, like he did me, and leave her to freeze to death?

    I’ve been in touch with the police and the cold case detective who successfully linked Penton to three other murders here. I want justice for her. I want to carry her home so badly it overwhelms me. But will information about what happened to me, and likely her daughter, rip her mother open all over again? Is it a kindness or a cruelty? I don’t know. But this is all we’re left with. Either dull aches or horrific searing pain. No joy, no relief.

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  27. Sharon,

    Today was the first time I hear about this story, and it felt as if it just occurred. I can’t imagine the pain you’ve gone through these past 32 years. All I can tell you is that you are a 32 times -stronger than ever woman and send you my biggest hug and condolence to your beautiful Michaela. With tears in my eyes, and as a believer of Christ my Lord, I know that she’s in Heaven enjoying the presence of God. Don’t lose your faith in God, don’t let a monster continue to take away more from you. At the end of the day, we are all destined to leave this earth someday, and only God knows why some of our love ones leave much -much sooner than others. In the meantime, I will pray for you knowing how hard it’s been. You’re an inspiration to many and I acknowledge you for the strength you’ve withheld all these years.

    With love,
    1 Thessalonians 4:14

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  28. Sharon, I am so terribly sorry that this had to be the ending to her case, instead of the one we all hoped and prayed for. There aren’t words to convey the grief brought by the press release, my heart breaks for you. As others have said, although I didn’t meet Michaela and was born after she was taken, I feel I know her through you and that you have kept her alive all these years. She will always be loved and remembered.

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  29. My heart is breaking for you at this news. I have followed your FB page for Michaela ever since we purchased your book “Listen to Your Smart Voice: And Stay Safe!” Your book helped us tremendously as we taught our children about a very difficult subject matter.

    Sending love to you from our family in Texas. We are praying for you and your family as you navigate your way through yet another painful part of this long journey.

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  30. I found myself grieving today after the news….I’m sure the whole country is grieving with you! I spent all afternoon in bed, not wanting to do anything. No drive to do anything but think of you and the family. Our hearts break for you! Sending virtual hugs my friend (((Hugs)))

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  31. Sharon, I used to read your eloquent loving words in your Dear Michaela blog but then lost track of you some years ago. When I saw the headline tonight about an arrest in a missing bay area case, I hoped it was about your baby. I’m so, I don’t know what… mixed emotions, tears. A lot to process. I hope they are 100% sure, they must be. I hope they can find her.

    Michaela’s story gripped and terrified me (especially as a bay area teenager), years later when I found it, your loving honest open blog pulled me in and touched me deeply.

    Reading this entry, after so long, and with this news, well I’m glad you’re still writing. I hope in the coming days and weeks, you’ll be able to strongly feel Michaela’s presence, love, light and peace. And I hope it can shine into you and being you some relief. You’ve both touched so many of us and made us better people.

    SJT

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  32. Dear Sharon

    I’ve been reading your blog for years, and thinking about Michaela from the first time I knew about her. She was two years older than me and although I from Spain,so far away,I always felt a connection with her. I’m so sorry for your loss, and I pray four some relief for you and your family. I’m sure Michaela is always with you and she is safe and happy.
    With love,
    Iballa.

    P.D. Sorry for my English,is not my first language.

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  33. Oh Sharon. I am so so so sorry to hear this news. My heart is breaking for you. I’ve been following your blog for the last 8 years or so, and in that time you and MIchaela have found a special place in my heart. I will never forget her.
    Much love from Cape Town. xxx

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  34. Sharonnmurch STRENGTH AND FAITH . MICHAELA IS AN ANGEL. MY MOTHER FACES A CANCER I KNOW YOU GO THROUGH THIS ALSO. MOTHERS ARE WARRIORS AND ALWAYS WIN. A HUG

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  35. I have been following your story for over a decade. All I can say is that I am so very sorry for your loss 💔 May God give you the strength to get through the days ahead. Sending love from Newfoundland, Canada.

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  36. I just read the story in the news. My heart goes to you. Please read the book “We Are Not Forgotten” by Joel Martin and Patricia Romanowski. It will help you find peace. Thank you.

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  37. Oh Sharon, there are no words really appropriate. I’ve been following your blog for years and was always touched by your love and devotion to Michaela. I also have had similar struggles that you have had with the Christian faith, so that was another reason for following. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord; Michaela was being cuddled by Jesus all these years. Of course, I know that does not help relieve the pain at this time. If we could all take a piece of the pain for you, we would. Like I said, no words but I hope there is some comfort that everyone has you on their heart. Hugs from NJ.

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