Michaela Joy Garecht
North American Missing Persons Network
Michaela Joy Garecht

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Above Images: Right: age-progressed to 33 years.(2012)

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 19, 1988 from Hayward, Alameda County, California
  • Classification: Non Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: January 24, 1979
  • Age: 9
  • Height: 4'8" (142 cm)
  • Weight: 75 lbs (34 kg)
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Clothing: White t-shirt with Metro written across the front and images
    of people imprinted on the midsection, pant or shorts, flesh-colored nylons.
    Black cloth shoes with brown plastic soles.
  • Jewelry: 3" Pearl-colored or white earrings which resembled feathers.
  • Case Number: 88112127

  • Details of Disappearance
    Michaela Garecht went missing shortly after 10am on November 19, 1988 when she and a friend rode their scooters to a grocery store, the Rainbow Market on Mission Boulevard in Hayward, California. two blocks from her home. When they came out of the store, Michaela's scooter had been moved further away in the parking lot, next to a car. Michaela was abducted by an unknown individual while trying to retrieve her scooter from him. She was last seen being thrown into the back seat of a car. The little girl's friend, who was the only witness, ran to the store for help but the kidnapper managed to escape with the child.

    The suspect was between 18 - 24 years with a slender build. He had a pock marked or pimpled face and dirty blonde hair. He was driving an older model full-size car, possibly a gold or tan 4-door.

    The FBI followed thousands of leads following the November 19, 1988 abduction but never found Garecht.

    In January 2013, police hypothesized that she may have been one of several who were murdered by the “Speed Freak Killers”, Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog, a duo who were convicted of four killings, but suspected of being responsible for as many as 15 deaths in the San Joaquin area from 1994 through 1998.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Hayward Police Department

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