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#21 Lori Davis

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 02:09 PM

Other unresolved missing person cases

1:26 PM, Oct 31, 2011 

Everyday people disappear. From teen runaways to those who don't want to be found to crime victims, according to one estimate, 2,300 people go missing each day in the U.S.

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Michaela Garecht

Nine-year-old Michaela Joy Garecht was abducted by an unknown man in the parking lot of the Rainbow Market in Hayward, California,  the morning of Nov. 19, 1988. Garecht has not been seen or heard from since this date.

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#22 Lori Davis

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 11:19 AM

Missing Michaela: East Bay Mother Continues Search for Kidnapped Daughter 23 Years Later
This Saturday, Castro Valley resident Sharon Murch will honor her daughter Michaela Joy Garecht outside the Hayward grocery store where she was kidnapped 23 years ago.


By Analisa Harangozo
11/18/2011 at 9:00am

Although it's been 23 years since her daughter was abducted, Sharon Murch said she has not given up hope that Michaela Joy Garecht is still alive and out there.

"Hope is a funny thing," said Murch. "I think I probably have more hope now than I ever did before."

When Jaycee Dugard was found after being kept in captivity for 18 years, Murch thinks a similar reunion with her daughter is highly possible.

"If it can happen there, it can happen anywhere," she said.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 06:57 PM

Convicted killer offers new lead in case of Michaela Garecht, missing since 1988

By Chris De Benedetti
Hayward Daily Review
Posted:  02/01/2012 09:23:19 AM PST
Updated:  02/01/2012 06:03:02 PM PST

HAYWARD -- Nearly a quarter-century since 9-year-old Michaela Garecht was kidnapped outside a store near her Hayward home, a new lead from a convicted killer may help authorities solve the case.

But her family, who have spent 23 years clinging to the possibility that Michaela is still alive, hopes the tip proves untrue because it could mean that their daughter will never come home.

Wesley Shermantine, part of an infamous crime duo dubbed the Speed Freak Killers, said in a letter to The Stockton Record newspaper that his partner, Loren Herzog, was responsible for Michaela's abduction. Shermantine also said he would lead authorities to several bodies of people he and Herzog killed and buried.

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#24 Lori Davis

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:02 PM

Human bones discovered in well and new lead in Michaela Garecht case

Jerrie Dean, Missing Persons Examiner
FEBRUARY 16, 2012

Wesley Shermantine, the man who was convicted in May 2001 for four murders in California, has drawn a map leading investigators to human bone fragments in a well, according to the Huffington Post.

Wesley Shermantine, and Loren Herzog, that were childhood friends were labeled the "Speed Freak Killers" because they committed the crimes when they were under the influence of methamphetamine.  They were convicted in 2001 for murders dating back to 1984.

Bounty Hunter Leonard Padilla, who is well known for his expert testimony during the Casey Anthony trial agreed to pay Shermantine $33,000 if he would divulged where the bodies of his victims' were. 

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 05:57 PM

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Bone fragment tested for link to missing girl in 1988 California case

Authorities are trying to figure out if a bone fragment found in California's Central Valley is connected to the 1988 disappearance of a 9-year-old Bay Area girl.

Police in Hayward, Calif. confirmed Thursday morning that the three-inch bone fragment is being tested for identification, NBCBayArea.com reported. Investigators reportedly have had the bone for at least two weeks and believe the bone fragment is from a child aged 5 to 14 years old.

Back in 1988, 9-year-old Michaela Garecht went missing near a neighborhood market in Hayward, Calif., and her remains were never found, according to NBCBayArea.com. Hayward is on the east side of the San Francisco Bay.

"As far as the bone itself goes, [police] told me it was (from) a girl between the ages of 5 and 13 and that (it coincided) with the time she went missing. There are not a lot of girls that it could be," Garecht's mother, Sharon Murch, told The Oakland Tribune on Wednesday.

The bone fragment is now undergoing a second level of DNA testing in Virginia.

The bone was found during an excavation of a well east of Stockton, Calif., The Oakland Tribune reported. Several other remains have been found in that area, connected to victims of the nicknamed "Speed Freak Killers," Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog, according to NBCBayArea.com.

Nicknamed for their methamphetamine addiction, the "Speed Freak Killers" were arrested back in 1999, according to The Oakland Tribune. The duo were convicted of four murders and were also suspected in the deaths of as many as 15 people, the newspaper also reported. Herzog was released from prison in 2010, and was found dead from apparent suicide in January of this year, according to The Record newspaper in Stockton. Shermantine remains on death row in California, The Record reported.

Officials found this bone fragment in question mixed in with other bones, including remains of another young female victim who was identified. That victim, 16-year-old JoAnn Hobson, had disappeared in 1985, The Oakland Tribune reported.

Results of the DNA testing may not be know for several weeks, and the FBI are also involved in the investigation.


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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:14 PM

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Testing delayed on bone fragment linked to missing Hayward teen Michaela Garecht

By Kristin J. Bender

Posted:  11/01/2012 07:51:14 PM PDT
Updated:  11/01/2012 07:56:28 PM PDT

A delay at an out-of-state laboratory means it could be another six weeks before Hayward police receive the results of a test on a bone fragment that could belong to missing Hayward girl Michaela Garecht, who vanished in 1988, police said Thursday.

The 3-inch bone fragment was unearthed with other remains earlier this year in a San Joaquin County well. The fragment was sent to an Arizona DNA lab for testing and then was scheduled to go on to a Virginia lab for further analysis. But there was a hold up of some sorts, Michaela's mother, Sharon Murch said, and the bone is still in Arizona.

The nature of the delay was not immediately available from authorities Thursday; Murch also declined to specify the delay.

For now Murch, of Castro Valley, waits.

"If it turns out to not be Michaela, it would probably be nice to know that sooner rather than later," she said. "Either answer will be difficult in different ways. If it does turn out to be Michaela, I have a lot of trepidation as to what that will be like."

The delay means she will hold the annual gathering on the anniversary of Michaela's kidnapping. People will gather about 10:15 a.m. Nov. 19 in front of the market where the 9-year-old girl was kidnapped 24 years ago. At the time, the store was the Rainbow Market. It is now called Mexico Super.

"Perhaps it will be the last gathering of this sort. Perhaps it won't," Murch wrote on her blog.

The discovery of the bone fragment came after the remains of murder victim JoAnn Hobson were excavated from the Linden well, believed to hold the victims of the so-called "Speed Freak Killers," in February. Hobson's remains were returned to her family for burial, but her mother sent them to the Human Identification Laboratory at Cal State Chico for testing. There, investigators determined that Hobson's remains had been mixed up with possibly two to four others.

Police contacted Murch on Oct. 8 about the commingling and told her they were testing the fragment.

The age of the victim the fragment was determined to belong to -- a girl between the ages of 5 and 13 -- and the time period it was believed to be from were the only two clues linking the bone to Michaela's disappearance, police have said.

Murch said she isn't angry about the delay, saying Hayward police have been "very caring and respectful ... going above and beyond to do the best job possible."

"I really appreciate the time to get my head in order and get my life in order rather than just have it thrown on me. I'm being patient," Murch said. "I'm afraid of the answer so it might be easier to wait for the answer than to actually get the answer."
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:32 PM

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Bone from well not Michaela Garecht's

Henry K. Lee
Updated 11:05 pm, Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A bone fragment taken from a San Joaquin County well linked to the duo nicknamed the Speed Freak Killers is not that of a 9-year-old girl kidnapped from outside a Hayward store almost two decades ago, police said Wednesday.

The 3-inch fragment is not from Michaela Garecht, who disappeared in November 1988 after a man snatched her from the store, said Hayward police Sgt. Eric Krimm, citing DNA tests conducted by the state Department of Justice crime lab in Richmond.

Police declined to say whom the bone belongs to.

But Michaela's mother, Sharon Murch, reached Wednesday shortly after Hayward police told her the fragment was not that of her daughter, said investigators told her that the remains were that of Kimberly Ann Billy, a previously identified 19-year-old slaying victim from Stockton who went missing in 1984.

"I'm still kind of letting it settle in," Murch said. "I guess I'm a little let down that I haven't found an answer, but I think I'm more relieved than anything else."

The DNA testing ends any link between the disappearance of Michaela and convicted serial killers Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog. The two were arrested in 1999 and convicted of killing four people during a 15-year, methamphetamine-fueled murder spree. Investigators have said they believe the pair may have killed as many as 19 people.

Shermantine began revealing locations of the pair's victims from his cell at San Quentin State Prison last January. Herzog, who was on parole in Lassen County, committed suicide the same day he was told of the revelations.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office used heavy equipment last year to excavate a well in Linden, the killers' hometown, but ended up mixing remains of some victims together, angering families of the missing. That search uncovered the remains of Billy and two other possible Speed Freak Killer victims.

On Monday, the FBI began searching a second well in Linden for remains. The agency said it plans to use machinery at first and then search by hand.

"We have no information to lead us to believe that Michaela Garecht's remains will be discovered there," Krimm said.

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