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    CA - Michaela Garecht, 9, Hayward, 19 Nov 1988

    Michaela Joy Garecht
    Missing since November 19, 1988 from Hayward, Alameda County, California.
    Classification: Non Family Abduction


    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: January 24, 1979
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 9 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'8; 75 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; blue eyes. Michaela has prominent ears and her eyes slant slightly downward.
    Dentals: Her teeth are slightly mottled. Dental X-rays Available.
    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.

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Garecht was abducted by an unidentified White male on the parking lot of the Rainbow Market on Mission Boulevard in Hayward, California on November 19, 1988. Garecht had ridden her bicycle with a friend, the two blocks from her home to the store. When they came out of the store, the friend's scooter had been moved. Garecht saw the scooter in the parking lot and was lured to the kidnapper. He grabbed her and threw her, screaming, into his car while her friend watched. The friend ran into the store for help. The car sped off.

    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, possibly a four-door. 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 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. A sketch of her abductor is below:

    Sketch of Abductor can be seen at below link.

    Investigators

    If you have any information concerning Garecht's whereabouts or the identity of her abductor, please contact:
    Hayward Police Department 510-293-7272
    All information may be submitted on an anonymous basis.


    Agency Case Number: 88112127
    NCMEC #: NCMC717172
    NCIC Number: M-566376392

    Please refer to these numbers when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:

    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    CA DOJ
    The Doe Network: Case File 181DFCA

    LINK:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/181dfca.html

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    I will never forget when this happened. I was born in Hayward and have always felt for this little girl's mother. The person who did this was so blatant and grabbed her in broad daylight. I have always hoped they would find her somehow. There was another little girl who went missing in that area around the same time named Ilene Mischeloff. She disappeared on her way home from school in Dublin, which is just east of Hayward. Many people thought the two disappearances were connected.

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    Here's more on Ilene Mischeloff and the possible connection to the Garecht case and others:

    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...ndID=147697775

    Missing Since: January 30, 1989 from Dublin, California
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    Date Of Birth: March 12, 1975 Age: 13 years old Height and Weight: 5'3, 115 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Misheloff wore braces on her teeth at time of her disappearance. Her ears are pierced. Misheloff has freckles on her cheeks and on the bridge of her nose, and a small lump on the inside of her left ankle. Clothing/Jewelry Description: A charcoal-gray Espirit pullover polo sweater, a pink and charcoal-gray skirt with horizontal stripes, and black low-top Keds sneakers.

    Details of Disappearance

    Misheloff was walking home in Dublin, California on January 30, 1989 at 3:00 p.m., after her classes concluded at Wells Intermediate School. Several classmates reported seeing Misheloff walking alone on Amador Valley Boulevard near Village Parkway and the Shamrock Shopping Center in the afternoon; she vanished shortly afterwards. She was taking a shortcut home, going through a wide alley behind a shopping center, a furniture store called the Sawmill, and Gallagher's Pub, then across the boulevard and through John Mape Park along a dry creek bed.

    Misheloff has never been seen again. She was carrying a dark blue backpack at the time of her disappearance. The backpack was later found abandoned in the creek bed in John Mape Park near where she was last seen. It was located after the area had already been searched; authorities believe someone may have placed it there after Misheloff's disappearance.
    Authorities announced that Timothy Bindner had a possible connection to Misheloff's case, as well as the disappearances of Michaela Garecht, Amber Swartz-Garcia, Tara Cossey and Amanda Campbell. A photo of Bindner is posted below this case summary. He maintains his innocence and successfully sued Campbell's hometown of Fairfield, California in 1997 for defamation of character. Bindner, a married sewage treatment plant worker, came to authorities' attention after he began sending birthday greetings to young girls in the East Bay area. One child's parents contacted authorities and handed over a letter Bindner had written to their daughter. The note was printed backwards and could only be deciphered by holding it up to a mirror. Bindner claimed he sent the cards as a kind gesture because the girls were "lonely."

    Bindner also visited the Oakmont Cemetery gravesite of Angela Bugay, a five-year-old girl girl who was abducted and murdered in Antioch, California in 1983. A photograph of Bugay is posted below this case summary. Bindner was never considered a suspect in her murder and another man has since been arrested in that case.

    Bindner approached many of the mothers of missing girls from the East Bay area offering his assistance, including Amber and Garecht's families. He introduced himself to Kim three days after Amber vanished. Investigators asked her to maintain a quasi-friendship with Bindner in hope of learning if he was connected to any of the girls' cases. She and authorities agreed that Bindner appeared to playing mind games with victims' loved ones and law enforcement. Many people theorize that he enjoyed taunting families into thinking that he may have been involved in the presumed abductions. He was once arrested for annoying two little girls whom he was trying to lure into his van, but the charges were later dropped. Bindner often drove around in a light blue Dodge van with a license plate that said "Lov You." Inside the van was wallpapered with many pictures of children. A photograph of the van is posted below this case summary.

    Bindner refers to himself as a "good Samaritan." He asked Linda Golston, a reporter for The San Jose Mercury News, to interview him at Oakmont Cemetery at 4:30 a.m. He played his favorite song on her car stereo, "Jesus, Here's Another Child To Hold." Bindner told Goldston that he thought of the missing girls as "his children." She asked him how he believed the abductions occurred and he said one child was submissive, but another fought back against her assailant. Bindner added that he was "guessing" about the girls' reactions.

    Bindner wrote a letter to a law enforcement agency in the late 1980s, stating that he believed the next girl who would be abducted from the area would be about nine years old. Garecht disappeared shortly thereafter; she was nine at the time of her abduction. Bindner also sent a holiday card to a profiler for the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) in 1990. The card depicted an image of a young girl holding up four fingers. Campbell vanished in 1991 at the age of four.

    Search dogs traced Campbell and Swartz-Garcia's scent to Bugay's grave. Authorities never had enough evidence to prove Bindner was connected to their cases, although he was known for visiting the cemetery on occasion. Bindner was given a heroism award by the California State Patrol after assisting victims in the 1989 San Francisco earthquake. He has never been charged in connection with any of the cases.

    James Daveggio has been considered as a possible suspect as well. He and his former girlfriend, Michelle Lyn Michaud, were charged with the 1997 abduction, rape and murder of Vanessa Lei Swanson. Swanson's remains were discovered approximately five miles from the site of Jaycee Dugard's 1991 California abduction. Photos of Daveggio and Michaud are posted below this case summary. They were also charged with additional counts of sexual assault in unrelated cases in the mid-1990s. In 2002, Michaud and Daveggio were convicted of Swanson's murder and sentenced to death. They are awaiting execution. Michaud claims that she met Daveggio in 1996 and therefore was not involved in Dugard's abduction. There are striking similarities between Michaud and the female suspect in Dugard's case, but the FBI no longer believes she and Daveggio were involved.

    Daveggio is also considered a possible suspect in Swartz-Garcia and Garecht's disappearances. Neither he nor Michaud has been charged in connection with any of the cases. Misheloff remains missing and her case is unsolved. She enjoyed ice skating at the time she disappeared.

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    I ran across the MySpace page that Michaela's mom set up for her and read her blogs and it touched my heart. Michaela's mom is an amazing lady. Please read her blogs and be inspired by her faith and insight that is truly amazing! May God bring her answers to where her beautiful daughter is.

    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...ndid=150703333

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    I ran across the MySpace page that Michaela's mom set up for her and read her blogs and it touched my heart. Michaela's mom is an amazing lady. Please read her blogs and be inspired by her faith and insight that is truly amazing! May God bring her answers to where her beautiful daughter is.

    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...id=150 703333

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    I just looked at it. It breaks my heart, she is my age. She did nothing wrong, nothing that we all didn't do when we were kids. All she did was go to a store. How can things like this happen?

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    Photo of Bindner?

    Quote Originally Posted by rmf View Post
    Authorities announced that Timothy Bindner had a possible connection to Misheloff's case, as well as the disappearances of Michaela Garecht, Amber Swartz-Garcia, Tara Cossey and Amanda Campbell. A photo of Bindner is posted below this case summary. ....
    No link appears at the bottom of your post. Do you have a link to a photo of Bindner? It would be interesting to compare his photo to a composite drawing of any suspects in these cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    No link appears at the bottom of your post. Do you have a link to a photo of Bindner? It would be interesting to compare his photo to a composite drawing of any suspects in these cases.
    There is a photo of Bindner at the bottom of Tara Cossey's Charley Project page:

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/c/cossey_tara.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmf View Post
    I will never forget when this happened. I was born in Hayward and have always felt for this little girl's mother. The person who did this was so blatant and grabbed her in broad daylight. I have always hoped they would find her somehow. There was another little girl who went missing in that area around the same time named Ilene Mischeloff. She disappeared on her way home from school in Dublin, which is just east of Hayward. Many people thought the two disappearances were connected.
    Where in Hayweird did you grow up.?
    When this one happened I was shocked. I knew right where she went missing.To this day I thing about it. Every time I drive niles canyon I look to see if maybe she was taken there.
    TYBEE U WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED AND LOVED.


    http://www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=61288


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    Tara Cossey Thread...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. E View Post
    There is a photo of Bindner at the bottom of Tara Cossey's Charley Project page:

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/c/cossey_tara.html
    Thanks. I could not find a thread in Websleuths for Tara Cossey, so started one. Here is a link:

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...55#post1847755

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDB View Post
    Where in Hayweird did you grow up.?
    When this one happened I was shocked. I knew right where she went missing.To this day I thing about it. Every time I drive niles canyon I look to see if maybe she was taken there.
    Hi there,

    I was born in Hayward but moved when I was a toddler, and grew up nearby.

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    I wonder if Bindner is another John Mark Karr. I remember watching this case on Unsolved Mysteries and being totally freaked out about it. The person was pretty brazen to just grab her in broad daylight, and I woudn't doubt that she and at least some of the other little girls mentioned were all taken by the same dude.
    Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.---Patrick Moynihan
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    Michaela Garecht

    A lot of us believe this should be investigated further...here is what I have so far on this one...if you have info from the past when we were working on this before, please post here.


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