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181DFCA - Michaela Joy Garecht

Two images on the top row, right: age-progressed to 29 and 33. The images on the second row are sketches of the abductor.

Name: Michaela Joy Garecht
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: November 19, 1988
Location Last Seen: Hayward, Alameda County, California

Physical Description

Date of Birth: January 24, 1979
Age: 9 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 4'8"
Weight: 75 lbs.
Hair Color: Blond/Strawberry
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Michaela has prominent ears and her eyes slant slightly downward. Her ears are possibly pierced.


Dentals: Available. Her teeth are slightly mottled.
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: White t-shirt with Metro written across the front and images of people imprinted on the midsection, pant or shorts, flesh-colored nylons.
Jewelry: 3" Pearl-colored or white plastic earrings which resembled feathers.
Additional Personal Items: Black cloth shoes with brown plastic soles.

Circumstances of Disappearance

Michaela was abducted by an unidentified white male on the parking lot of the Rainbow Market on Mission Boulevard in Hayward, California, which is about 10 miles south of Oakland.

She had ridden her scooter with a friend, the two blocks from her home to the store, at about 10:20 to buy some snacks. After the two left the store and returned to their scooters, a man got out of a four-door gold or brown sedan and grabbed Michaela, a fourth-grader at Hillview Crest Elementary School, by the waist and forced her into the car.

The car the kidnapper was driving was described to police as a large, older model American-made Sedan, gold or tan in color, in ratty condition, and possibly with four-doors. The car may have had cement splattered on the sides, and lights set into the rear bumper. It was last seen speeding south on Mission Boulevard toward the nearby Union City border.

The kidnapping prompted a massive investigation. No arrests have been made, and Michaela has never been found.

The abductor is described as having long, dirty blonde hair; a slender build; and a pockmarked or pimpled face. He was approximately 18-24 years old at the time of Garecht's abduction.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Hayward Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Detective Robert Lampkin
Agency Phone Number: 510-293-7272
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 88112127

NCIC Case Number: M-566376392
NamUs Case Number: 49

Information Source(s)

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
California Department of Justice

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 8/28/2016

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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