Friday, February 17, 2012

Age Progression 2012

Age Progression, Michaela age 33.
Remember, this is an age progression, a guess, and not a photograph.
Michaela's hair may be darker by now. She would be on the tall side.
(Her sister is 5'7" and her brothers are 6'1" and 6'3".)
She would probably need vision correction, meaning she
would wear glasses or contacts, or just not see as well as she should.
You probably know that over the years I have opposed the use of age progressions, because I didn't think they were reliable enough. I don't know how reliable this one is either, but it appears to be better than others I've seen -- there is enough of a family resemblance that it could be helpful in finding her. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is preparing flyers to be sent to the consulates in an area abroad, and it will probably not be helpful to be looking for a nine-year old child at this point.

You have probably noticed some changes in this blog also. Although the old name will continue to work, and the old url will as well, I have designated a new domain name for the blog, DearMichaela.com.  I wanted to do this to make it easier to get out through a newspaper article or television news program, and to make it easier to remember.

We have been investigating the leads I told you about and haven't gotten a lot of cooperation, so in the next couple of days I'm going to make this information public, so check back here.

Thank you all so much for  your help, and Michaela, wherever you are, I love you.

75 comments:

  1. Hi Sharon,
    Thank you so much for the update. I am excited that the age progression is being sent out to consulates abroad. I would imagine that this means a lead is credible. I will continue to hold Michaela deep inside my heart. My arms are around you . . .

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  2. Sharon,
    That is an amazing age progression. Much better than the one I have seen before. I hope this brings attention to Michaela's case and brings her home. God Bless You.
    Anna x

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  3. what a beautiful woman...my prayers are with you that you find her SOON.

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  4. I can see a little of Sharon in this age progression. I check your blog every once and awhile. I hope in 2012 you learn what happened to Michaela. I also was thinking about Jacob Wetterling and his family yesterday. It was his birthday I believe and I hope he is found also.

    Jaime

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  5. Just thinking of you and your family, Sharon, during what has to be a trying and troubling time. God bless.

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  6. Hi Sharon,

    Thankyou for the age progression photograph.My heart goes out to you.I must admit that I have got very interested in this case and therefore look foreward to your next blog giving the latest leads that were being investigated.Although the photo is beautiful,life isn't and it sort of worries me that people will be watching out for this perfect person whereas in reality things could be very different and therefore would not recognise her.Can you see what I am saying? I love your blog and want to wish you all the very best of luck in finding Michaela.God bless you and your family.Angela Salley.

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  7. Angela, I do understand. I don't think that she will look just like this composite even if she is perfect. So there is the danger of people missing her, but another danger is people calling in leads for every woman they know who does look like this, and none of them are going to be Michaela. It needs to be based on the intuition that there is something wrong in the young woman's circumstances, and she has some vague resemblance to this age progression, or to Michaela's pictures, or to Michaela's sister or brothers.

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  8. You should write a book and have the proceeds go into finding her somehow! I'll buy :). U could use all these blogs who knows maybe she would see it in a bookstore and be like that's me!

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  9. Sharon,
    I realize a lot of your readers are going to hate my comment and have many negative things to say. I apologize now for those who will not understand my comment.
    Once all the bones are identified. I hope they find Michaela among them. As a mother, I am sure you would rather have a live body. . I understand the ‘wanting’ of her being alive and coming home like Jaycee. A few have over the years. Truth is, it isn’t realistic. At least this way if they do find her remains, you will find some closure. Or, at least the peace of minding of knowing she isn’t coming home in the fairy tale version of this heartbreaking story

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    1. You are right that Sharin's readers will hate what you have to say. But if you knew that why would you say it? Sharon has been and is going through enough. Who are you to be rude and inappropriate to her.

      Haven't you heard if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all? You have no right to say hateful things. Especially as a mother i wonder what ignorance and lack of compassion lives inside you that allows your horrific statements.

      Where there is love there is hope. Sharon lives Michaela with all her heart and soul so there will always be hope. That is a mothers love, right and perogative.

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  10. You are right, Mary, I'm sure many of my readers would find your comment to be insensitive and inappropriate, and that includes me. Who are you to be "hoping" that they find Michaela's bones among the victims of these vicious killers? Let's also include the fact that it's been proven now that this is not likely to happen, since Shermantine has cleared the record once and for all by saying (once again) that he didn't know anything at all about "that Hayward girl."

    And as for the fate of long-missing kids, you said "a few have come home"? Well, only a few have been found dead. So the odds are about even there. MOST have never been found. Who knows how many might actually be alive and out there in human trafficking circles? Oh, and it's actually not "realistic" for a child to be kidnapped in the first place. Stranger abductions are extremely rare. But we hit the jackpot with that one, didn't we, so perhaps we are just lucky that way, and if so maybe we can hit another "unrealistic" jackpot. It is not for you to "hope" to deny that to us, is it?

    I was going to say that there was no fairy tale ending to this story, that that possibility ended on November 19, 1988. But that's not exactly true, is it, because most fairy tales are at least in part horror stories, and that's what this has been.

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  11. Who am I to be "hoping?" I am a human being who happens to read your blog. I am also NOT the first reader to leave a comment saying I hope 'xyz.' I just happen to NOT share the opinion "hope this is the year she come home." I.E. Jaycee Dugard.

    He didn't know anything about the "Hayward girl." It's not realistic for a child to be kidnapped. However a large number of them are taken. Few are found alive, few are found dead, human traffic, sex slaves, mistaken identity, black market adoption and the list goes on and on. Thank you for enlighting me!

    Yes I agree with your statement. I feel certain this has been a horrible experience for you. Anyone who has followed your blog for any amount of time, can clearly see what this had done to you. Nonetheless I still hope you get closure this year.

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  12. Quite frankly, Mary, Michaela is my child, and if I am hoping that she is not found dead, if I am hoping that she is still alive, then it is NOT your place to HOPE that she is found dead, which is what you said. You said that you "just happen to NOT share the opinion, 'hope this is the year she comes home.'" Do you read your own words, do you hear what you are saying? You are saying that you do not hope that she comes home, that you hope she is found dead, and you wonder why that would get me riled up???

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  13. Sharon, you are correct she is your child and if you want to have hope after all these years that she is a live thats up to you.

    Don't put words in my mouth because you don't like something I said. I never said I hope she does not come home or I hope she is dead.

    Sure it is a grandious idea to wish on shooting stars, puppy dog tails, raindbows, clovers and think she is alive and will come home be reunited, fallen in love with her family get married have kids and ride off on a horse into the sunset.

    Do I think after all these years it is realistic she is going to be found and alive with a cherry on top with sprinkles. Honestly the answer is quite simply NO! Do I hope you find her, Dead or alive, Yes..Do I hope you find answers to whatever happen to her, Yes.. Do I hope you go back to therapy and stick to it, Yes, you are clearly in need of it. Along with some medication.. Do I hope your other kids are NORMAL and healthy with having a mother such as yourself,Yes..I have many positive hopes for you! Even if you dislike my comment(s).

    Do I wish children dead or not to be found or not to come home, NO!

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  14. Mary, you really do need to read your own words, because I have put no words in your mouth. And now you are angry because I don't like what you said, which comes out in your comment that I need to go back to therapy and that I need medication, and that you hope my other kids are "NORMAL and healthy with having a mother" like me. You don't have positive hopes for me, Mary.

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  15. Sharon, I have no reason to be angry. You didn't like what I said.. BIG SURPISE!! Anytime, anyone says anything short of Michaela is alive and coming home it's written in the stars for 2012! You get defensive and attack everyone on here that does not agree with you! No, not surprised in your behavior. Nor do I have a reason to be angry.

    I do have positive hope for you, Sharon. Right now you just aren't able to hear them because I am telling you something you don't want to hear and you got your feeling hurt.

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    1. OMG I'm offended by your comments Mary why are you going on and on you really need to stop I'd hate to be one of your children with ALL your negitive you knew it was going to be offensive when you first started commenting and Sharron Don't EVER give up ...

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    2. I agree mind your own business, youve offended me as well. Have some compassion, there is very likely a chance that Michaela will be found alive.Sharon seems to be a wonderful mother and quite frankly I need an anxiety pill after listening to your ramblings. What mother would ever stop looking for her child? Her children and her all seem to be coping quite well. I hope you don't have any children, I'd be sad to have you as my mother caused I guess you would of forgot about me miss. Mary. Michaela if you are reading this, I hope you know how many people love you and are looking for you. I don't know your mother personally but I can tell how much she loves you and that no matter what may have happened to you, it wasn't your fault and your mom loves you no matter what you may have been through.

      Sharon, I hope this senseless negativity dissent affect you, there's always a callous idiot out there who says really ignorant, hurtful things. God bless you and Michaela and I hope and pray this year you get the answers you need. You are an amazing mother, your kid's are very lucky. Lindsey

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    3. Mary, how dare you call Sharon defensive and say/ write such horrible comments to her. You need to stop with it already. I wouldn't wish this on anyone but you don't know what Sharon is going through, it must be so incredibly difficult to not know anything about your child. It's been almost 25 years!
      Mary, you absolutely disgust me. You need to stop writing her. Don't you realize how much you are hurting Sharon? She is trying her hardest to help find her daughter, who she will always love very much <3. Your mean and nasty comments cannot change that, ever. I'm so disgusted tat I'm at a loss of words. How would you like it if someone wished death upon your child? You wouldn't. So do not do it to another human being. You are cold and cruel.

      I hope Michaela is found ALIVE, I hope and pray nothing but the best for Sharon and her family.
      Sharon you are beautiful, your missing daughter is beautiful, your entire family is absolutely beautiful!

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  16. Mary, I have spent many years carrying around this goddamn heavy burden of hope for my daughter and I am doing everything I can to help to find her because IF SHE IS ALIVE, SHE IS MOST LIKELY SUFFERING AND NEEDS OUR HELP. And you come along and suggest that I should perhaps take some medication and get over it? Don't bother to post anymore because I will not approve the posts.

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    1. Sharon,

      When Jaycee Dugard was found, you and your inexhaustible search for Michaela were in the news. That was the first that I heard of you and your missing little girl. Since then, I have had you and Michaela in my thoughts and have ached over the anguish that you have had to endure. I have never written to you before, because, frankly, I did not, do not, know what to say. What could I possibly say to help your heart, having never suffered even the smallest tiniest fraction of what you have suffered. I read your blogs and follow the news, hoping to hear that like Terri Probyn, you, too, get your miracle. There are many of us - those that do not write to you but daily hold you in our hearts - across the country. Tonight I felt the need to write, to add one more faceless, nameless person's positive energy to your blog in the hope of offsetting some rather callous remarks posted here. The love directed toward you and Michaela is strong. Continuing to care, pray and hope, jeanne

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    2. Sharon you are one of the most beautiful loving strong woman i have ever met and i say met because i feel we have met i have been reading and rarely comment because of that heart wrenching feeling in my heart for your pain . However , it is your endurance and courage i believe everyone can and will learn from for years to come , including Michaela when she is found . I know one things for sure GOD exsist and definately in you lady !! ... You will forever have a friend with me for life sharon . I love you ... <3 God bless you .. Alicia Tiexiera

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  17. Mary,

    As Sharon's daughter and Michaela's sister, I find your comments to be extraordinarily rude and offensive. As a family, we have chosen to hope that Michaela is still alive and that she will come home to us one day and to try to stomp on that, is downright cruel. It is not your place to speak so disrespectfully to my mother. You are of course, entitled to your own opinion, but to post publicly on the mother of a missing child's blog that you hope they find her remains because it's unrealistic that she may be found alive is absolutely appalling. I feel very sorry for you, and don't know what has happened in your life to make you such a cynical person. My mother has endured over two decades of the worst imaginable pain, and she still manages to hold on to her hope. I am very sorry for whatever has happened to you to make you lose yours. Hoping for remains is not very hopeful at all. I thank god every day for blessing me with the amazing mother that I have. Many people would have broken after having something like this happen to them, and my mom didn't. She managed to pull herself together and raise the rest of her kids as the best mom anyone could ever hope for. What came from that is a very tightly knit family, that I could not be more proud of. I am 26 years old, and do not yet have children of my own, but when I do, I could only hope to be half the mother that my mom managed to be. She is the strongest woman I know, not only my mother and my best friend, but my hero.

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    1. Very well said, put Mary in her place without resorting to name calling or profanity.

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    2. Out of complete anger and disgust I resorted to swearing...I wish I could have been as composed as you...what an amazing daughter. What you said was written with much class & dignity as you can get! Thank you for that...

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  18. Mary..
    Sharon is one of the most loving, commonsensical & sane women I know. I am proud to call her my friend. Her kids are amazing, talented, very well loved & kids any mother would be proud of. I admire each one of them. As a mom myself.... i know a tight family unit when I see one...7 that would describe Sharon & her kids. YOU , on the other hand, are shockingly disturbed & disturbing. No sane or humane person would write what you have here. Therapy? Medication? take a long hard look in the mirror , Mary... and leave my friend & her family alone

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  19. There is no real great ending to this story I mean if they find her alive great her suffering will end ( and who knows maybe she is out there with a husband and kids I mean who really knows and maybe she's not some drug addicted prostitute in Mexico) maybe her life turned out ok after what happened stranger things have happened. I hope she is alive and well and writes a book about what happened like Jaycee did because it's a giant fu to whoever did take her and that is perfectly acceptable! I hope sheis found and makes Miillions off her story and lives a great rest of her life. Look at Elizabeth smart who just got married she was raped daily for 9 months and yes that's a nightmare but she didn't let that douche bag control the rest of her life same with Jaycee and who knows whom else. Maybe she ended up like Tanya Kach? I have no idea but why on earth would anyone want her remains to be found is beyond me if that happened to my child I would always hold out hope she is alive even after 50 years!!!

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  20. Mary why are you arguing with a woman who's daughter was stolen!!!!! Mary shut it!!!!!! You keep continuing on and on!!!! Stop already,,, and I'm praying she is found alive and well... Mary if you like to respond to me? Let's meet up in person.... ;)

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    1. Yes, stay off this blog if you do not support the needs and hopes of the family at this time. Catherine Castile

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  21. To Mom in Texas, I appreciate your message. <3

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  22. Mary, you're entitled to your opinion but you seem to be deeply misled as to the appropriateness of how and where to share it. You don't seem able to see past your own perspective. Do you honestly expect a mother to give up on her child's life because that seems like the more logical thing to do? Do you really expect her not to be defensive or upset by people who suggest her child won't be found alive? Really??

    You're either not very intelligent, don't have much imagination, or are just plain cruel. Yes you did say you hoped she's found dead - you said you hoped her bones would be found, which suggests she would no longer be alive don't you think?

    Many many children have been found alive all over the world after being missing for many years - Elizabeth, Steven, Timmy, Shawn, Sabine and Laetitia in Belgium, Elisabeth in Austria, Jaycee, etc. I think it's you that needs therapy and medication. Just go away.

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  23. Libby, your answer to Mary brought tears to my eyes.... I've never met either of you, but Ive been following this blog since Jaycee was found, and I really feel the love your family share, I am hoping with all my heart that Michaela will be found this year.

    ....and I am also appalled with Marys post.

    Mary, like everyone else you have the right to your opinion, but for god sakes, do you really think this is the place to share it? Do you think you have the same right to enforce your opinion and view on this blog as Michaelas mother? This is not your blog?! This is not a equivalent forum for who ever to post in. This is Sharons blog, the mother of Michalea Joy Garecht. I really hope you think next time you want to "tell it like it is" to someone. Think twice, and really listen to your brain and heart, to see if it is in your place at all to speak.


    <3 Michaela <3 come home <3

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  24. As adults, we should all follow the rule if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Sharon has coped with more in the last 20+ years than most of us will have to cope with in a lifetime. She is entitled to her thoughts and to hold out hope. None of us have any right to tell her how to think or feel. Her feelings are hers and she does not have to validate them to any of them. You will never walk in her shoes, so who are you to think you can offer any insight into how she should feel?

    My name is Mary also, but definitely not the same as the other Mary!

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  25. Sharon, no need to publish this comment.

    First, I'm sorry that people feel the need to be intentionally negative towards you. Unfortunately, the blogging world is full of obnoxious people who quite literally have nothing better to do with their time but argue with a perfect stranger. People who sit all day seeking blogs like this to stir up drama. It's disgusting. And if that woman truly had been following your blog simply out of interest or curiosity, I don't know what possessed her to suddenly voice her obnoxious opinion, but I'm sorry you have to deal with that sort of thing. Why do people think it is their responsibility to take away hope? Or tell you what you should be hoping for? Who knows...

    I don't typically comment about Michaela here, and I'm not sure why. I guess I don't know what to say? But, I just wanted you to know that I have not ever given up hope for her safe return. My whole family, actually, feels the same, so I am extending that to you on behalf of all of us. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I somehow feel even more impacted by Michaela's abduction. And I admire your strength and sheer willingness to go on, even in the face of these people who try to break you down. Who think somehow you aren't grounded in reality. Now that I know what it feels like to be a mother, I can understand even more the need to find out where Michaela is and to save her/rescue her/find her/what ever the case may be. If my child were out there, and there was a chance that I could save her from a terrible living situation, well of course I would exhaust all efforts at that and then some. And I know that is exactly what you are doing - trying to find her. I don't think that makes you a person living in "fairy tale land" or what ever they called it. It makes you a human being. And it doesn't make you in need of medication either. How absurd.

    I was a friend of Michaela's. I went to Harder Elementary. The picture you have added right above where it says "popular posts", I remember playing with her on that exact school playground. It stopped my heart and brought tears to my eyes this morning, because I hadn't seen it before. I don't know how I missed it before. I remember sitting on the green benches that lined the school building in the playground area, waiting for school to start. It's just a fleeting memory type of thing, I don't even know why I mention it. Other than to say that I also have not given up hope that she is alive and can come home. While I obviously have no idea what you are going through, I do know that I share the same desire as you.

    Anyways, I just wanted to send some positive words to you this morning. Sorry for droning on. I will never stop thinking about Michaela, and I will not ever give up hope that she is found. And I will do anything I can to help.

    -Bekki

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  26. Just wanted to pass on my love and thoughts. I find what Mary posted disgusting. I hope and pray that all your dedicated love and searching leads to a safe return for Michaela soon.

    Hayley

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  27. Mysnaz, thanks for your hopeful words. I don't want to keep adding to this fire here, but I wanted to let you know I got your messages and I appreciate it.

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  28. Sharon, I'm greatly sorry for your terrible loss. Libby, you would be such a good sister to Michaela. Wherever she is, she probably misses you . <3

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  29. Much love to you as you continue searching for your daughter. Frankly, those posts by Mary should just be deleted. What an insensitive lout.

    Sharon, I think of you daily. Keep the hope alive x

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  30. So sorry, I forgot about all these comments here. I didn't mean to start anything again. When I get a moment, I will probably delete them, because I would like to be able to refer people to the age progression without this coming up again!

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  31. Sharon, my thoughts are, as always, with you. Where there is hope there is life. Keep your thoughts positive no matter who says what to the contrary. There is a tide of positive thoughts swamping any negative. Sandie xx

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  32. I would like to add a quick note. My oldest son, Gabriel, was friends with your son, Sharon, and while you don't know me, I have been thinking about you for all the years since that horrible day that Michaela was abducted.
    Of course you must have hope. You are her mother. I can't possibly imagine what you & your family have been through, but I am also a mom. That bond is so strong, nothing on earth comes close.
    I want to share a qui k personal family story with you. Both of my parents were Holocaust refugees. At one point, things were especially bleak, and my grandfather had already been arrested, jailed, tortured & released several times. My grandmother was an emotional wreck, and the police were closing in on the family. My mom, who was probably 16 or17 @ that time,thought it would be better for the family to all die I their sleep, rather than live in constant fear. She determined to go into the basement & turn on the gas.
    Just when she finally got up the courage to actually do this, she was in the basement, and her father, who was usually a very sound sleeper, had woken up & somehow knew that something wasn't right. He found her just in time to stop her.
    He told her to never think of doing anything like that again, no matter how bad things got. He told her that where there is life, there is hope.
    The real end to this story, is that my Mom, her sister &.both of her parents were able to escape Nazi Germany TOGETHER! This was practically unheard of, and they considered it a miracle. They barely made it out, and all their possessions were taken, but they were alive & together.
    I have told this to you to demonstrate that even in the most disparate, horrendous times, miracles can & do happen! Never give up hope, Sharon. I continue to also hope & pray for Michaela's speedy return to your open arms!

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    1. Thank you so much. Which of my sons was Gabriel friends with?

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      It has been so long, I can't honestly remember.i do recognize him in one of your photos. Do you have a son named Alex? He would be the one closest in age to Michaela, Gabriel is now 32.

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    3. Yes, that would be Alex. He is 31. Robbie is 24. We have known several Gabriel's over the years. Was it at school?

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  33. Sharon:
    We met briefly in the beginning. I helped put up fliers and searched some remote areas hoping Michaela would come home. I still keep your family in our prayers, hoping one day she is found. I'm a better father than I probably would have been, knowing how precious the time we have really is. I pray for a day when there might be a happy ending. All these years later, I still hope that she is found again. There were so many volunteers in the very beginning. I know we all felt Michaela's loss personally. So much has changed in the world since then, but we still remember, and will never forget.
    Take care

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  34. Sharon:
    You are one of the strongest women I have ever came across. Your fighting battle of looking for Michaela is an inspiration to all mothers out there looking for their missing child. You show that giving up is not an option and no matter how long it has been since you last saw your child, that you should always keep looking and hoping for your child's safe return. I want to become a person that helps in bringing missing children home. I hope Michaela returns home to you and your strong family. If i were to ever go missing I would hope that my mother would keep looking for me, no matter how long it has been. I would hope that she never gave up hope and stayed strong for however long I was missing. I know Michaela would be glad to know that she has a family that has never given up to finding her. Michaela would never forget her mother fought with everything she had to bring her home to you. <3 Your an inspiration to all!

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  35. Sharon,
    I think I missed when this new age progression pictures was posted. I can still remember when pictures of missing children came out on milk cartons then they progressed to these. I have often wondered how affective age progression pictures really are in hopes of finding missing children. (No disrespect to you are anyone else who may read this comment.) A few children who went missing then were found such as Jaycee Dugard, I remember thinking she looked literally completely different than ALL of the age progression pictures that had been generated for her. Although the shape of the eyes and nose seem really off, this picture seems much better than past age progression pictures I have seen of/for Michaela. I actually had to take a double take and look at this pictures TWICE! This pictures is actually a dead ringer for my adopted sister. My best friend actually came over with a copy print out of this picture and asked "Have you seen this? When I first saw it I thought it was your sister Michelle!"

    I hope your family gets answers soon!
    Cloe

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    1. Chloe, I agree completely. I don't think age progressions are very accurate, and they take up a lot of the investigator's time because people call in leads for the person next door who looks like the age progression! For a long time I just asked everybody not to use them. But the National Center insisted that if they were going to alert the embassies in the UAE that they would need photos to send, I gave them the go ahead to do this one. I think the shape of the face is off -- too narrow at the top and too broad at the bottom maybe. Well, I hope we get the chance to find out!

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  36. Marisa CervantesMay 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Dear Sharon, my prayers will go to Michaela's soon return. I am sure she will reunite with you and your family soon! With this case of 3 women kidnapped, police and FBI will find better ways and strategies to find people! Keep the hope up! God bless you and Michaela.

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  37. Sharon you are the nicest person I know!I hope you find your daughter ALIVE , SAFE, AND HAPPY TO COME HOME! Im going to BEG my mom to go to Michaelas anniversery. I dont know how spell that good so please excuse my bad spelling im only 10.


    <3 Leah

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    1. LOL, that for sure isn't true! You know a lot of people who are nicer than I am! But thank you, Leah.

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    2. Your welcome sharon. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you find michaela.

      Love,
      Leah

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  38. Sharon I love you with all my heart and I'll keep an eye out for the age progression. Even though i'm 10 i will still believe she is alive and safe.


    Love,
    Leah

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  39. I love you sharon and Michaela if your out there i love you and so does your mom!

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  40. My mom said that i might go to michaelas anniversery!!!

    Love,
    Leah

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  41. I pray to god that michaelas kidnapper just took cause he wanted a friend or something like that.

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  42. Sharon do you ever feel like when you loose someone and you feel like its your fault or you could have done something to prevent this?or that you didnt love them enough?I felt that way when my grandpa got taken away from cancer.I still think that i didnt love him enough and that i could have done something to prevent it. Do you know what i mean?

    Love,
    Leah

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    1. No, I have never felt that way, although I have felt after people died that I had spent more time with them or had done more for them. And you shouldn't either, Leah. It's not your fault in any way.

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    2. Thanks sharon I feel better now! Thank you!
      Love,
      Leah

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  43. Sharon a couple days ago something happened to me and I still get goosebumps.So I was sitting in my room and I Was reading and then all of the sudden I felt weird warm and tingly.But all of the sudden I said these words and I will NEVER forget them,
    Michaela Garecht will be found on August 13, 2013 alive and well.
    After I said them I thought what did I just say? Then the warm tingly feeling went away. I don't know if they were true or not. What do you think?
    Love,
    Leah

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    1. I think that would be great, Lea, we don't have long to wait until August 13th!

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    2. I hope and pray those words are true Leah.
      Love,
      Lulu

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  44. There are a couple of Twitter accounts dedicated to your daughter Michaela. @M_Garecht and @missingmichaela
    I hope that your daughter is found alive and I hope that the word continues to spread about Michaela whether it be social networking, television (media), newspaper, etc. Always hoping and praying for the very best for your daughter, you and the rest of your beautiful family.

    Love,
    Cortney

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    1. Thanks Cortney. The missingmichaela twitter is mine, although I don't use twitter much.

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  45. You're very welcome. I have followed your daughter's story since I first heard about it when I was much younger. Well, I'm still pretty young I'm only nineteen. You are a truly amazing mother, and incredibly strong. Your daughter is truly blessed to have a mother as amazing as you. The amount of hope you have in a single day is more than most people will ever have in their lifetime. If Michaela is found alive as we all hope and pray she will be incredibly touched by how much you have put into finding her.

    *Cortney

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  46. Advice, don't go to a psychic it is very credible, Sylvia Browne was proof you can't trust a psychic. Look at Amanda Berry, Sylvia told her mom that Amanda was dead & her poor mom died of a broken heart because of that. If Sylvia Browne was so psychic how come she didn't know Amanda Berry was still alive & less than 3 miles from her home the whole time? Just go by your mother's instinct & keep searching regardless of what it is until you get closue

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    1. Sylvia Browne said the same about Michaela, only I had the pleasure of hearing it on a radio program while on my way to work one morning. I have actually talked to a lot of psychics. I don't think even the good ones really help solve the cases, more that their information may be confirmed or denied by thefacts of the cse.

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  47. I remember vividly when this happened. I lived in Livermore and we watched each and every car/van we saw, keeping at least 1 eye out for your little girl. In fact, there were several kidnappings and it was thought they might have been related. I remember there was a woman arrested and she had an eerie resemblance to the sketch of your daughter's kidnapper. I pray you get some sort of closure, some resolution at some point ~ the not knowing is hell. Please take care!!

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  48. Has anyone ever posted this age progressed photo on, for instance, their Facebook account? I wonder if that would put her in danger. I wonder if there's a way to carefully, responsibly do that.

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    1. Honestly, I try to discourage people from posting the age progression. I think it is not all that accurate, and when it is posted it just results in a bunch of people calling the police about people they saw who looked like the composite. Unfortunately the police don't seem to have time to work on the real leads we have.

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