THIS is the problem with the case. The staff is short at Hayward Police Department and the work is great. Our investigator has been working to pull together whatever resources he can, but he has also been assigned other current cases which are supposed to be given priority. There is also a lot of changeover among the supervisory personnel at the police department, and not all of them have the interest in Michaela's case that others have. However, we have been told that the commitment is going to be made to put this time toward trying to resolve some of the leads we have. Sadly, a missing children's organization, who we had understood to have made a commitment to assistance on Michaela's case, has also fallen through.
So we have a huge, huge job here, trying to get through all the leads and information that we have on Michaela's case. I know there are dozens of people here who would love to volunteer to help on this, but confidentiality prevents that. I don't know what to suggest as far as help goes, except to send your prayers and positive energy to those who are trying to hard to solve this case.
There are, of course, those out there who know what happened, and if that includes you, now would be a really great time to come forward and give us that information. All contact information for myself and for investigators is in the side bar, but you can message me here, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the hotline at 1-800-222-3999. Specifically, there was someone who called in and said that he (or she, I don't really know) knew where Michaela was buried, but cut off the conversation when the investigator started asking more questions. Well, we know you don't want to answer any more questions, but the search you suggested was not successful because the area was just too huge. So if you could please just call in and narrow the area down, give more information about where the dogs should search, we would really appreciate it. You said when you called in that you were trying to help, and I very much appreciate that, but please, please call back and give us a little more information.
There are some who will be contacted by investigators in the months to come. A couple of you I have met myself. I'm just going to ask you to please give whatever information you have to investigators. Let's be honest, we aren't allowed to use waterboarding. We can't pull your fingernails out one by one to get you to talk. But if you know something, please, please tell. I know that the people I've met aren't personally responsible for Michaela's kidnapping, as in they aren't the ones who grabbed her in the parking lot and stole her. Whether you are involved in some other way or not, I'm not sure. But give us the information you have, and, well, we'll take it from there. I mean, how long can you live with this knowledge without telling?
Not long, I believe. So I also think it's likely that someone who knows has told before. I've said often, a major part of the problem with this case is the massive amount of information. So if you have tried to tell before and you think the information has been ignored, please try again. We just need information that can be followed up. We need a name. We need a location. We need evidence, or something we can use to get evidence.
What we need is simple. We need Michaela. If she is not alive, yes, I do need to know that. I need to know where she is. If she is alive, I need to know that. If she is in California, in Mexico, in the UAE, I need to know where to look for her, please.
It's been 23 years, but we haven't given up. This case will be solved. For those who may be involved, or who may possess information, free yourself and free us, tell us, please.