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Michaela Joy Garecht
Michaela Joy Garecht
Michaela Joy Garecht
Michaela Joy Garecht
Michaela Joy Garecht
Michaela Joy Garecht, age-progressed to 29 years
Michaela Joy Garecht, age-progressed to 33 years
- Circa 1988 -
Age-progressed to 29 years
Age-progressed to 33 years

MISSING since November 19, 1988 from Hayward, California

Police Case #88112127
NCIC Case #M-566376392
NCMEC Case #NCMC717172

Classification:
Non-Family Abduction
Hair Color:
Blonde
Age Missing:
9
Eye Color:
Blue
Gender:
Female
Height:
4'8"
Race:
Caucasian
Weight:
75 lbs.
Date of Birth:
January 24, 1979
Alias/Nickname:
Kayla

Identifying Characteristics:
Her ears are prominent and both are pierced. Her eyes slant slightly downward. Her teeth were slightly mottled at the time of her disappearance.
Clothing/Jewelry:
White t-shirt with Metro printed on the front and images of people on its midsection, denim pants rolled above her knees, flesh-colored nylon stockings, white anklet socks, black cloth shoes with brown plastic soles, and 3" long pearl or white-colored earrings that resembled feathers.
Circumstances of Disappearance:
Suspect Composite of Michaela Joy Garecht abductorHer photos are shown age-progressed to 29 years and 33 years, respectively. Michaela Garecht was abducted by an unknown individual (composite picture shown at right) while trying to retrieve her scooter from him in front of the Rainbow Market on Mission Boulevard in Hayward, California. Garecht was abducted at approximately 10:15 a.m. on November 19, 1988. Garecht and a friend left home at 10:00 a.m. and rode their scooters to the market, two blocks from Garecht's home. They left the scooters by the side door as they went inside the store. Upon leaving the store, the two girls started walking home, completely forgetting about the scooters. When they realized they had forgotten them they turned back to where they left them; however, they saw that Garecht's scooter was missing. Garecht then spotted her scooter further down in the market parking lot, where it had been placed near a parked car. When Garecht bent down to pick the scooter up, an unidentified white male jumped out of the parked car, picked up Garecht from behind, and threw her into the back of his car. Garecht's friend was the only witness and she ran back into the store to get help. The abductor managed to escape with Garecht and she has not been seen or heard from since. 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. Michaela's whereabouts are unknown and her case remains unsolved.
Investigating Agency/Contact:

Hayward Police Department: 1-510-293-7000
Or
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:  1-800-843-5678

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