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.