Thursday, May 6, 2010

Update on investigation

I know everybody is always interested in knowing what is going on with Michaela's case.  I don't really have news regarding leads, but I did meet today with Inspector Rob Lampkin and he introduced me to at least part of the dedicated crew that is now working on Michaela's case.  This crew, working under Lampkin's direction, is comprised of police reservists.  These are volunteers who undergo a course in police training and then work for free!  I couldn't ask for better than such dedicated people to help on Michaela's case.

People ask me still, "Don't you have any leads at all?"  And I keep having to answer that actually the exact opposite is the case.  We have lots of leads -- lots of really good leads.  There are at least five scenarios now, with different people, places, and circumstances, that each sound so good, so perfect, that if you didn't know about all the other leads you would be thinking, "This has got to be it!"  Running these leads down to the point where you can be satisfied that they are or are not "it" is the difficult part.  These wonderful volunteers will be a huge help in assisting in this process.

In the last year or so, tremendous strides have been made in the working of Michaela's case.  The files have been organized and have been or are being catalogued into computer databases.  The information sharing among the various agencies is being enhanced.  There are so many people who are working so hard, with such dedication!  One of the volunteers who has worked on organizing the files has become almost a human database herself.  You mention a name or a place that has come up in the investigation, and she knows it.

I apologize that I am not able to share the specifics of the investigation with the general public, but that would only compromise the investigation.  As always, though, if you have any information, please leave a comment here (they always go to my e-mail before they are published on the blog, so nothing sensitive will accidentally end up here if you do leave a comment), or send me an e-mail, or an e-mail to Inspector Rob Lampkin at Hayward Police Department, at Robert.Lampkin@hayward-ca.gov.

And also as always ... thank you.

15 comments:

  1. What happened with that one lead you spoke of a couple of months ago, the one with the "advocate"? Just wondering. I'm glad that there are so many leads in this case and after this amount of time.

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  2. Wish I could be on that team! I found this blog when I was searching for Michaela's case on the internet. My heart broke when I saw this little girl vanished, and it seemed like it was without a trace. I think we all want to volunteer our sleuthing instincts to help find her!! So, it is nice to see her case is alive with several traces and her loved ones are looking for her. I certainly hope you find Michaela.

    I am thankful there are more people to help with the investigation. The more heads, the better!! I hope and pray you find the answers you have been looking for over the past two decades.

    Diana

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  3. One thing that gets to me is that when jaycee was hidden away in that house for 18 years- did she realise how important she was to so many people? Not just the people who missed her, like her family but the people who hadn't even met her but were dedicating a huge portion of their lives to finding her. All those people who took part in the 10 year anniversary march for, all the people of south lake and all the investigators who were working on her case. Its only now, thats shes back and safe that she can see how important she was all that time to people (and still is). And the irony of it is, all the time she hidden, she must have felt so forgotten. I think thats another reason why some kidnapped kids choose not to come home, after all those years, they think 'will anyone even care?'.

    But WE do care, not just your family but the WHOLE WORLD CARES. They love you. If only Michaela knew how she is so important to all of us, to the people who come to this blog everyday. If only she knew how we think about her and pray for her everyday. If only she knew about this team who are investigating her case- shes probably the centre of thier world right now. She is so important 21 years later and she has not been forgotten and never will be. Hopefully she will get a chance to experience this, the way jaycee has.

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  4. Sharon, I'm so glad to hear that there a some SOLID leads that are being followed, I'm SO hopeful that you will finally get some answers! too many years of wondering, to know that they may be close is heartwarming. fingers and toes are crossed!

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  5. i know it may be too much to ask basically, but michaela's case did really seem solvable at the time there is a discription of the suspect and even the car discription, still it didnt happen i know it still can but did no one in CA or surrounding area recognise the sketch and the car i mean it would seem so solvable even back then with no amber alert, oh i hope sharon they can work on it vigiourously and get somewhere, the car is the real link unless it was stolen or something

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  6. Louise, as I indicated in this blog, part of the problem in solving Michaela's case is the tremendous amount of information and the number of leads. It's just an enormous task, and it is really difficult to devote the vast amount of attention it takes to thoroughly beat out each bush when there are so many promising bushes lining the road, so to speak.

    Also, originally the description of the kidnapper and the car was provided by someone who was not a witness, and she gave an incorrect description. She said the car was burgundy, when it was actually tannish-gold, and described the kidnapper as having a moustache, when he didn't have any facial hair. So in the most crucial hours, the police were looking for the wrong person in the wrong car, and even after that the confusion over the description of the car continued to persist.

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  7. Sharon,
    The son of a friend was killed in a car accident last summer and this is her first mother's day without him. That thought brought me to you. It must be a bittersweet day for you, but I hope you enjoy it with your children.

    Brenda

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  8. Thanks, Brenda. My heart goes out to your friend. But my other children have always made it possible for me to enjoy Mother's Day and other holidays. It's Michaela's holidays that are difficult -- her birthday, and the anniversary of her kidnapping.

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  9. Sharon, I am so very glad to hear of the progress being made. While there are people who do evil and cause pain to others, there are so many more who are so wonderful! These volunteers are definitely angels and they will be in my prayers everyday that their courage, perseverence and hard work is successful and the kidnapper is caught and brought to justice.

    Wish you a happy Mother's day! I pray with all my heart that you will be able to celebrate this day with Michaela again.

    Love,
    Radhika

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  10. Hi Sharon - Did anything ever come about with the "advocate"? Have they been back in contact with you? Or can you not provide that information? I am so glad to hear there are several good leads. That must help your heart. I read on websleuths quite often...do you keep up on that site? Just curious if Michaela is mentioned there. Love your blog and read here when you post anything new! Blessings - Marcia

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  11. I can't really comment too much on specifics on the investigation, except to say that no stones are being left unturned.

    Thanks!

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  12. Oh, and I have occasionally visited the sleuthing websites, but I don't go there regularly. If anybody sees anything interesting, let me know!

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  13. Sharon - yes, of course I will let you know if I see anything on Michaela on Websleuths. I also read at the Peace 4 the Missing site - that truly is a wonderful, caring site. Just thought I would mention it. Do you associate with any parents/families that have missing loved ones? Reading on different sites, there are so many wonderful people like you...that reach out to help others. Colleen Nick - Morgan Nick Foundation, Kelly at Project Jason, just to name a few. -Marcia

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  14. There are a few other parents of missing children and adults, and even children of missing adults, that I have become close to. And many others who have lost children or other loved ones in various other ways. It is the bond of grief rather than the particular circumstances that draws us together. But then, there are many other regular people I have come to know and love because of Michaela as well. They are among Michaela's many gifts to me.

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  15. This line is so sweet, 'They are among Michaela's many gifts to me'. It is overflowing with love, trust, understanding, and appreciation of Michaela.

    snail's pace

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