I received an e-mail a couple of days ago, from somebody I don't know, and in England no less! There are so many details in the Jaycee case that it is difficult to get them all, and this had some details I hadn't heard before. This information has been haunting me ever since. The e-mail mentioned an article from the Guardian in the UK, which was presumably lifted from the San Francisco Chronicle. I have tried to copy and paste part of the article here, but for some reason my blog will not allow me to do that. But I think you can see the article if you click here.
We have all heard about the neighbor who called authorities several years ago about what was going on in Garrido's back yard. In this interview with the woman who called, she said there were several girls and young women in his back yard. Not just three, but several. They came and went, she said, but there was a core group that consisted of FIVE GIRLS. Two were very young, maybe four she said, and one was around 11, one around 15, and one about 25.
So that core group consisted of at least two girls in addition to Jaycee and her two daughters. This was a few years ago, so Jaycee's daughters would have been younger. I don't know whether they would have passed for four year olds, but probably wouldn't have appeared to be fifteen year olds. At that time, the girls would have been 7 and 11, and might the 7-year old have looked like a younger child? As for the 15-year old, Jaycee's mother has commented that Jaycee "looks very young." She said she doesn't look much different from the way she did the day she was kidnapped. She could easily have been the fifteen year old. So who would have been the 25-year old?
Could it have been Michaela? One of the key things the neighbor mentioned is that the girls "all looked the same," and everyone has commented on the striking similarities between Jaycee and Michaela.
I read a newspaper article this morning that spoke of "false hopes." I do note that the director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children came back with, "There's no such thing as false hope."
There are so many questions that have yet to be answered. Who are the other girls who were kept in the back yard? If some came and went, where did they come from and go to? It is a fact that the car in Garrido's back yard matches the car that was used to kidnap Michaela.
I will admit that over the years I have hung onto every little shred of hope that has come along. Here, now, I have a shred that just might lead to Michaela coming home alive. But it isn't an empty, desperate hope. Okay, it is desperate. I do quite desperately hope. But it's not empty. It's not without reason or basis. There are reasons for it. I believe in my investigators (who didn't need this to light a fire under them because they were already boiling), and I just hope and pray that they will find cooperation as they try to get to the bottom of this.
Garrido actually appears to want to tell his story. Whatever manic or psychotic epiphany he has experienced over the last few months has made him want to bring everything into the light. I hope he holds nothing back.
Meanwhile, I'm just going to hang onto my hopes for all they're worth, and maybe a bit more.
And once again, let me say, Michaela, if you are out there, come home! And if you are a person who knows where she is, please tell us!
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