Thursday, February 9, 2012


As an update to the Shermantine/Herzog lead, I want to let you know that I've been told that remains have been found in San Joaquin County. It is a fact that these two men are known to have murdered many young women, and there are many families who have been waiting to put their loved ones at rest. Michaela is not on this list of known or even suspected victims. The only thing that ties Michaela into this case is that Shermantine commented that Herzog looks like our composite.

I will update you when and if I learn anything, but it is not my feeling that this is Michaela.



  1. How would they even find out if it was her buried there? It's been so long :(

  2. In this case they would be able to use dental records, since they found a skull with fillings. But they can use DNA as well.

  3. chandanee -srilankaFebruary 9, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    I am so happy that she is not in the list.I am so sorry that these things make you very stressful. you need to have relaxed your mind .
    I cant imagine the way children and people are killed by another people .I feel that your country should start a special program to avoid happening these things like promotion of psychological development and behavioral development from the kinder garden upwards and all efforts for preventing drugs .
    I feel that this is a serious problem and It associates with problems of personality development and drugs .

  4. Chandanee, do you live in a country where these things don't happen?

  5. Sharon,
    On some level I can feel your pain, I'm not claiming I feel anything close to the agony you are experiencing but I want you to know there are lots of folks out here channeling their positive energies towards you and praying for you.
    SR Mom

  6. Things like this happen in all countries.

    Glad that this is not Michaela.

  7. They dont know yet

  8. The family of Cyndi Vanderheisen believes it is her that they have found. I believe it is not Michaela. In this case, I think you can trust to the instincts of the families, which happen to be in line with the facts of the case.

    1. Praying for you and your family, Sharon.

  9. My thoughts and prayers goes to Cyndi's family.

    Me to am glad that this is not Michaela. I still think she is out there. I've read your blog for a long time...

    And, like someone said, murders do happen in all countries, but I have to say, I live in a country in Europe and stranger obduction of a child in this country is extremely rare. (and also as rare in the countries near by) It seems not so rare in USA, also protecting the kids from getting obducted from strangers is not something we even discuss (maybe due to the seldomness) I have no idea though why I keep reading about stranger kidnappings in USA. Is it just because the population is so much bigger, or has it got to do with other things... Or am I just imagine this?

    Praying for all missing children everyday. May you soon find your way back..... We will never forget you.


  10. Actually, Louise, stranger abductions are rare in the United States. Most missing children you see from the U.S. are family abductions, or runaways. More sadly, many that are said to be abductions are actually cases like Caylee Anthony's.

    Particularly when you consider the vast size of the United States compared to most other countries, I don't think it happens any more often here than elsewhere. I do think we have a pretty good and rapid response to these cases, though, so if happens you will hear about it.

  11. Did they actually say this was not MIchaela?

  12. The bodies that were found were unearthed at the spot where Shermantine said they would find Cyndi Vanderheisen and Chevy Wheeler. Here's a link to a story from the UK on this:

    Bodies of murder victims found after 'Speed Freak Killer' draws maps for bounty hunter from his death row cell
    Last updated at 1:17 PM on 11th February 2012
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    The bodies of two murder victims have been found decades after their deaths following a tip-off from the man believed to have killed them....
    Victims: The bodies of Chevelle Wheeler, left, and Cyndi Vanderheiden, right, were found buried in California
    The parents of Chevelle 'Chevy' Wheeler said authorities notified them that the remains were discovered where Shermantine - one of the 'Speed Freak Killers' - said they would find their daughter, who disappeared while skipping school in 1985 aged 16.
    Shermantine was convicted of her murder, which authorities say was part of a methamphetamine-fueled killing spree committed by him and his childhood friend, Loren Herzog, from the 1980s until their arrest in 1999.

    'They said they found her wrapped in a blanket,' Paula Wheeler said. 'This is a happy day. We can finally have some closure.'
    The Wheelers say they plan to cremate their daughter and bring her home with them to Tennessee, where they moved after her disappearance.

    On Thursday, the same dogs led the same searchers to a site containing another skull and bones thought to belong to Cyndi Vanderheiden, a 25-year-old last seen in front of her Linden home in 1998.
    The searchers found all the remains in an area near property once owned by the family of Shermantine.
    There is still no sign of Michaela Garecht, a nine-year-old girl abducted in 1988 whom Shermantine says was taken by Herzog.
    'My hope is my daughter is still alive somewhere out there and one day will come home,' her mother said last week.
    Prompted by a Sacramento bounty hunter's promise to pay him money, Shermantine has been hand-drawing maps from his cell that authorities are using to search three sites.
    Along with the two nearby sites in Calaveras County, about 60 miles south of Sacramento, that yielded the finds on Thursday and Friday, authorities have also been digging up an old cattle ranch well in San Joaquin County. Shermantine claims Herzog buried as many as 10 bodies in the well.

    Missing: Michaela Garecht, nine, has still not been found since her abduction in November 1988
    Herzog committed suicide last month after bounty hunter Leonard Padilla told him Shermantine was disclosing the location of the well along with the two locations near his family's former property.
    Mr Padilla has promised to pay Shermantine as much as $33,000 to disclose the locations of the bodies. He said he hopes to collect on rewards being offered by the state of California for information about several missing persons suspected of being victims of Herzog and Shermantine.
    Shermantine was convicted of four murders and sentenced to death. Herzog was convicted of three murders and sentenced to 77 years to life in prison. Herzog's sentence was reduced to 14 years after an appeals court tossed out his first-degree murder convictions because his confession had been illegally obtained.
    Herzog was paroled in 2010 to a trailer outside the High Desert State Prison in Susanville. He killed himself in January outside that trailer.

    Read more:

  13. michaela where areyou?

  14. We might not know where Michaela is Anonymous but we do now one thing.....she's in our hearts everyday.

  15. Thankfully continuing to pray for Michaela to come home. I also have to say, as bitter sweet as it is to find these remains, at least some families will have closure. Not the closure they want, but they can bring their own babies home and give them a proper goodbye.

    As always, I will keep Michaela in my prayers.

    PJ in Peoria IL

  16. It is just so strange a 9 year old kidnapped and nothing at all. No trace no evidence of her alive or not. Where did she go. What happened to her. What did she live through if she is alive. Does she even know she is Michaela??? It is just strange that nothing has become of it really lots of leads but still. Where is she how does a 9 year old blonde blue eyed cutie just vanish basically?

  17. Sharon, I'm praying for you and Michaela with all my heart during this terrible search. Sending love from England

  18. Sharon, God love you and your family...I hope and pray you will find Michaela soon, and also some answers to this unspeakable tragedy you have had to bear all these years. Your grace, strength, and stamina are an example to us all, and my heart goes out to you.

  19. "Back in Linden, Herzog's father, Jerry Herzog, also doesn't believe his son was responsible for Michaela's death."

    From Article in the SF Chronicle today. The statement from Herzogs dad struck me as a little odd. Jerry Herzog should only know that Michaela was abducted and is missing. Why is he referring to Michaela's death? Don't mean to upset or offend. It just leaped off the page at me when I read the article. I may just be over analyzing but something about it seems off.

  20. Asa thanks for sending me that link! As bad as I look now, it's hard to believe I actually looked worse then!

  21. You look far from bad, I think you are beautiful!

  22. Sharon,
    I have been watching the news and reading all of the updates I can find. I have posted before. I was there that morning shortly before Michaela was abducted. I now have a granddaughter nearly Michaela's age at that time.
    I am praying that she is not amongst the remains that have been found.
    There is hope. The connection seems very slim and not definitive.
    I pray for peace for you as you are going through yet another ordeal with an excavation( garridos place was the last)
    As a mom, I cannot even comprehend how you can even function at this time. You are amazing.
    I want you to know that you are in my thoughts as is Michaela. God Bless.

  23. Happy Valentines Day sweet Michaela and Sharon. Lots of love and prayers going out your way.

  24. Any new updates on the digging?