On the morning of November 19, 1988, Michaela Joy Garecht was nine years old when she was abducted by an unknown male in the Rainbow Market parking lot in Hayward, California. Michaela was trying to retrieve her friend’s scooter that had been moved near the abductor’s car when she was grabbed and forced into the vehicle.
At the time of the abduction, the suspect was described as being between eighteen and twenty-four years old with a slender build. He was approximately 6’0″ and 180 pounds with dirty blond, shoulder-length hair. He had a pockmarked or pimpled face and was driving an older model, full-sized four-door sedan, possibly gold or tan in color, with damage to the front bumper (source: FBI).
As noted on Sharon Nemeth Murch’s website (Michaela’s mother), an eyewitness noted his eye’s were fox eyes and looked right at the witness but didn’t see them.
This Michaela Garecht Poster from Missing Kids.com shows an age progressed picture of what Michaela may look like today.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the abductor of Michaela Garecht.
It is touching to read posts from Michaela’s mother who writes to Michaela in a heartfelt Dear Michaela Blog. What would you do if your child went missing?
I pray that Michaela comes home soon.1