Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Michael was last seen on February 13, 1993. Michael pulled away from his family's Northridge home in his red Rodeo, telling his grandmother not to defrost dinner for him. He was driving with Evans York, an acquaintance he had known for only a few months, to South Los Angeles. The next day, his parents returned from a vacation. Michael was not there to greet them, although his things were all still in the home.
York turned himself in to authorities two days later, saying that he and Azzaro had been kidnapped and held in Van Nuys. York told police he escaped but Azzaro remained behind.
Michael's car was found on Imperial Highway in the Lennox area on February 15, 1993. Several months after he disappeared, Michael's driver's license turned up in the mail, in an envelope addressed to him with no return address and no note.
Evans York was charged with a special-circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery. York was seen driving Michael's new red Isuzu Rodeo the day after he disappeared. Phone company records show that someone telephoned York's guardian several times that weekend using Michael's car phone. York told some of Michael's friends before the disappearance that he was thinking about robbing him. Later, he told other friends the Rodeo was his. York, who police say is also known as Hilberto Casildo, was already in custody for an unrelated weapons charge when he was arrested.
Michael was a sophomore at Granada Hills High School and lived in Northridge.
Michael was temporarily paralyzed by an inoperable brain tumor at age 3, when he was given two to five years to live. The tumor also affected his sight and made school work slow and difficult for him. He survived, but had physical problems. Because of his physical condition, he stayed in constant touch with his family through his car phone and pager.
Evans York was acquitted in the disappearance of Michael. According to jurors because the case was based on circumstantial evidence and unreliable testimony. They were not satisfied that the prosecution had proved he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Michael has never been found.
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