On November 19, 1988, my nine-year old daughter, Michaela Joy Garecht, was kidnapped, the victim of a witnessed stranger abduction. She has never been found, but we have never stopped looking for her. Over twenty years later, I must salute the Hayward Police Department and the San Francisco FBI for carrying on still today an active and caring investigation into Michaela's kidnapping. It has never become a "cold case."
I am filled with a desire not only to continue the search for Michaela, but to keep her alive by keeping her memory alive. Michaela was a bright and shining light in the world, and I am determined that her light will never go out. In her honor, I offer you this website.
And I offer you my heart. It is battered and bruised, and it has, in the time since I lost my daughter, journeyed through the darkness, but it has come out again on the other side. Although the sorrow and grief will never end, although many questions yet remained unanswered, there are some very important questions that have been answered. If I can share some of those, through my writing and speaking, if I can touch the lives of others who struggle with the questions of grief, loss, and evil in the world, then my daughter's life and suffering will not be without meaning. I carry her with me always in my heart, her sweetness as well as a sorrow that is so deep and so profound it has taken years for me to be able to actually reach out and touch it. But in giving myself over to the tenderizing experience of grief, I might be able to reach out in compassion to others, to help bring healing and faith.
To my visitors, welcome, and I hope you will take time to visit all our pages, as well as my blog.
And as always, I reach out to that one special visitor:
Michaela, if you are out there, if you are reading this, please come home. I love you, and there is nothing that could have happened to you that could ever change that. Call 911 and ask them to contact the Hayward Police Department, and they will bring you home.
Sharon Nemeth Murch
Contact Michaela's mom, Sharon Murch, at:
You may leave a voicemail at the following number with a detailed message.
I try to answer all e-mails, but I regret that I am not able to return all personal phone calls.
If you have tips or information regarding Michaela's kidnapping, please contact Inspector Robert Lampkin at the Hayward Police Department: