I know everybody comes here to see if there is anything new on Michaela's case, so while I can't reveal the details of the investigation, I thought I'd share a little of what is going on.
First, the Hayward PD continues to work hard and put their heart and soul and backbone into this investigation. As well as our investigator, Rob Lampkin, we are currently blessed with his superiors, Sgt Steve Brown and Lt Chris Orrey, who have made Michaela's case a priority. And of course, they could not do what they do without the support of Chief Ron Ace. At this point, it has been decided that once Inspector Lampkin finishes a current murder case he has, he will not be assigned any other investigations for awhile, to give him the opportunity to devote his time and attention to Michaela's case. A second investigator has also been assigned to the case to help him. The cold case investigator with the District Attorney's office is also helping on the case. One of the first things they are all hoping to do is to break down the iron wall that the powers that be in El Dorado County have placed around the Garridos. I wish somebody would tell me why these upholders of justice are so bent on protecting the Garridos and care so little about the fact that there are other children out there who are missing, whose families could possibly find some resolution and closure if the investigators were only allowed to talk to the Garridos. It is senseless and ridiculous. What it is NOT is justice.
Don't in any way take this to mean that I am 100 percent convinced that the answer to Michaela's fate lies with the Garridos. It may or it may not. The fact is that we have some other really excellent leads which our investigators need a chance to pursue further. You know, this is really brutally hard work for the investigators. It's not enough for it to look good and sound good. They need to find hard evidence. They need to find willing informants. Please, please send them your thoughts and prayers for success here!
I guess it will be okay if I share with you that someone contacted our police department about a woman they thought might be Michaela. Since that time, our investigators have not been able to get back in touch with these people. None of the phone numbers are being answered. But we would like to be able to get to the bottom of this ... so if you are that person, please get in contact with Inspector Lampkin so we can resolve this! It is really easy to tell if someone is or is not Michaela. We have her fingerprints, her dental records, and her DNA profile. There is no guesswork involved, and there are no repercussions for asking the question, "Could this be her?" On the other hand, there are serious repercussions for not asking the question. If years of pain and questioning on both sides could possibly, even possibly, be ended, just take the chance.
My thoughts are simply that I am ready for this to be over. That may sound obvious, but it hasn't always been true. I have not always been prepared to hear the worst. On the days when they were digging out on the Garrido property, I was really dreading the prospect of them finding Michaela, and I was so relieved when they didn't. But as time goes by, I have found myself put back in that same limbo, and I know I just can't live here forever. I can't stand here forever holding up false hope, and yet I can't let it down in case it's not false. It is sheer torture, I assure you.
So please, if anyone out there thinks they might have any information that will help to solve the case, tell us. You can e-mail me at email@example.com, or you can e-mail Inspector Lampkin at Robert.Lampkin@hayward-ca.gov, or call him at 510-293-7079.
Thanks and God bless.