Well, I know how much everybody likes to hear about the investigation, and there is a lead that our detective has been pursuing that I have been given permission to share with you. That our detective has continued to hammer away at this and try to get to the bottom of it just proves how wonderful he is. Most investigators would have said it was probably a crackpot, most likely a waste of time and way too much trouble and would have just let it go. Not our detective. If there is any possibility at all that this girl is Michaela, he is not going to allow her to fall by the wayside.
I am sharing this because perhaps the people involved with it will read my blog, or perhaps people who know them will read my blog, and help us to find these people, and get them to talk to us.
A few months ago, our detective received a call from a woman who claimed to be an adoption advocate. I'll just call her "the advocate" from now on. She claimed that she assisted adult adoptees who wanted to find their birth families. A couple of years ago a young woman came to her and claimed she had been adopted from Hayward, California. She remembered her family, and remembered having been very close to her mother, but for some reason her family was no longer able to take care of her so she was adopted. The girl's adoptive "family," whoever they were, apparently used her as a "slave and sex toy." Then after a few years they told her someone else was adopting her, and she went to another family, where she was treated much the same way. Finally, somewhere around her 18th birthday, she ran away.
The advocate said that she traced the number on the adoption certificate, and it turned out to be a fake. So she claims she investigated further, and figured out that this girl hadn't been adopted. She'd been kidnapped. The advocate said she has seen Michaela's flyers and has seen this girl, and she "knows" that this girl is Michaela. Rob Lampkin told this woman that it would be easy to find out whether this girl is Michaela or not. He suggested that the advocate could ask her some questions about her childhood, to see what she might be able to remember, but that even if she remembered nothing that we have Michaela's fingerprints and DNA, and it would be very simple to figure out whether or not it is her.
At the time she talked to our detective, this advocate gave him her phone number, and she gave him "Michaela's" phone number as well. Since that time he has tried and tried to get hold of either of these people and hasn't been able to. Finally, somehow or another, he came to have an e-mail that this advocate had written to someone else, which explained why.
Apparently, she was angry with the detective for having suggested asking this girl questions about her childhood. She said she'd had so much pain and terror in her life, that if she started asking her questions about her past she'd "lose" her. Well, this is one of the first gaps of logic in the story, because the horrors she endured came after the "adoption." The advocate had said that she'd been very close to her mother. But now all of a sudden the advocate was all concerned that the police would want to talk to the girl. Actually, she referred to it as "interrogating." She said she had thought of opening a post office box to allow the girl to write to her mother, but that because the post office is owned by the government, she figured "the cops and the mother" would be at the girl's door within days, maybe hours, and Lord knows we wouldn't want that to happen! Someone had suggested to this advocate that she take the girl to the local police, but she had decided against that because she figured she might walk into the police department, but they wouldn't let her walk out again. Well, I'd hope they wouldn't. But for crying out loud, they would not be arresting her. They would not be harming her. They would not be turning her over to her kidnappers. They would be reuniting her with the family who has loved her and longed for her and never stopped looking for her for all these long, long, 21+ years!!!
As I said, there are a number of holes in this story. First of all, why would this girl be going to an "adoption advocate" to find her birth family, and then change her mind? Because she discovered she had been kidnapped rather than adopted? Wouldn't that be all the more reason to want to be reunited with her birth family, knowing that they hadn't given her up after all, but that she'd been stolen away from them, and they had been missing her and looking for her all this time? The advocate said something about her wanting to know her medical history, in case she ever had kids??? Well, her medical history really isn't that interesting. It's not like she would have come down with some crazy hereditary disease and would want to know where it came from, because we are blessedly free of those. I just don't get it.
Unless the girl is Michaela, and for some reason this "advocate" has chosen to convince her that she doesn't want to or shouldn't have contact with her family. I can tell you from what I've heard and seen that this advocate doesn't seem to have her head screwed on quite straight. But if this were the case, just who does she think she is to be influencing this girl this way? She actually mentioned that she was "proud of" this girl for not taking the calls our detective had been trying to make to her. That is just plain absurd.
I am at least 90 percent certain that this person is not Michaela. But like our detective, I'm not willing to let this stone go unturned. I can tell you that this "advocate" is going to be located. If this is Michaela, and she chooses to willingly conceal information from investigators, she will be taken to task for that, believe me. So if she happens to be out there, and happens to come across my words, she had best pay heed to them and CALL OUR DETECTIVE. This is probably not Michaela, but you do not have the right to make that judgment and you absolutely do not have the right to knowingly conceal information regarding a criminal case. And you do NOT have the right to keep my daughter from me. That makes you as much of a kidnapper in my eyes as the people who took her. You are as guilty as Nancy Garrido -- even more so since you are not under the control of a lunatic sexual predator. There is no excuse.
And if Michaela is out there ... well, we know from Jaycee's case that we just cannot assume how our missing children may feel about being found. I have had to come to the realization that Michaela could be out there and there could be any one of a million reasons why she would be unwilling to reveal herself. And I understand that. I could list a half of those million reasons myself. But if you are here, Michaela, on this page, reading these words, then you have access to all the many thousands of words I have written about you, and you know the only thing you really need to know ... that I have never stopped loving you, that I have never stopped looking for you. Do you remember that summer before you were kidnapped, we watched the news about Amber Swartz and Candy Talarico being kidnapped here? And we talked about it, and agreed that this must be the worst thing that could happen to anyone, to not know where your child was, to not be able to help her. You know these things surely and truly in your heart. I know that you suffered. I know it down deep in my heart and it never, ever stops haunting me. I would do anything in my power to take that suffering away from you, to spare you from it. I have done what I could. But if you are out there, Michaela, I just want to beg you to please, please do the same for me. Come home. If you don't want to stay, you don't have to, but just come home. Please. I love you.
Oh, and let me not forget. Anybody who has any information, can contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. You can call our detective at