Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Investigation: this is what we need



I met with our detective last week, and I know you are all anxious for an update. Well, there isn't anything new that I can share. The big news is that he has been told that he will be given three months straight to work on Michaela's case at the end of the year.

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 missingmichaela@gmail.com, 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. 

Thank you.



39 comments:

  1. Has a comprehensive search (including scent dogs)of the exact location where the man (you mentioned in a prior blog) took pictures been fully ruled out?

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  2. I think you are mixing up two leads? The person with the camera took the photos of me and the kids in the playground at Michaela's school. Someone else called in and said he knew where Michaela was buried, which is what I was talking about in this blog.

    But sadly searching with dogs isn't quite as cut and dried and simple as it appears to be on television. The area that the man gave was a large piece of property, and it seems that the cadaver dogs search nose to the ground, and they might alert on a grave site they sniff over the top of, but apparently aren't up to picking one out from a large open area. At least that's what I am given to understand. Anybody out there with search dogs is welcome to chime in, and if you know a dog who can do better, please let us know.

    But the short answer to your question is that nothing has been ruled out.

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    1. No not mixing up 2 leads but responding to your mentioning " So if you have tried to tell before and you think the information has been ignored, please try again" comment. I"ve had a short reoccuring dream concerning Michaela since she first went missing that has bothered me for years! It was whatever those 3 round cement things are in the picture here with your 3 kids except it was just 1....with an image of her curled up inside appearring to be resting. It haunted me so much I called a friend and searched to no avail. I called the PD and am sure it went under the "Kook-crack pot pile" . I wonder if the miracle dog and team that helped find that missing nurse could help with the field you mentioned.Anyway I sure hope your family gets resolution.

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    2. The picture you are talking about was taken by me at Harder School, where my kids attended before we moved to the area where we lived when Michaela was kidnapped. Not sure if they are even still there, since so many playgrounds are well used, but there are kids playing there constantly so we would have known if Michaela was there.

      Unfortunately, dreams and psychic leads rarely contain information that can be tracked down or turned into evidence. It's not that they are put in a crackpot pile, because our detective does actually listen to them. Of the accurate psychic leads I know of (in other cases of course), they were things that could be verified once the case was solved but couldn't be used to solve the case, like that she was "wrapped in a blue blanket." I know you might think that we could go out and look for every place we might see something similar to your dream, but once again I have to say that the problem is that we don't have the resources to investigate the leads we have, so just honestly couldn't do that. It's not a reflection of anybody's opinion of your dreams.

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    3. Now that I have looked up the proper words hopefully the message I tried to relay will be more clear. In my dreams I repeatedly saw a vertical elliptical reinforced concrete culvert,sewer pipe storm drain that was by itself. Within it was a symbolic image of precious Michaela curled up in a ball (not moving) appearing to be resting. I asked you tonight if the man who took the photo's location was checked because the photo you took at Harder school stirred a sense of profound connection that eluded me. I wondered if there is a link with the PICTURE TAKER-The location of posing for the picture HE took AND STORM DRAIN are connected?

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    4. Could you possibly be talking about a water tower? I have had numerous psychics who have seen a water tower, all coming up with the same image independent of one another. I have googled water tower and according to wikipedia they come in various shapes and sizes and they have photos of fancy ones, but the original picture I had in my mind was very similar to what you said.

      So the connection with the picture taker, and his location? At the time I knew him, he lived in a very nice town here in the Bay Area. I actually drive through that town on my way home from work just about every night, and there is a prominent structure in that town that to me looks like a water tower. It is large, and it is wide. It's not something that I could picture Michaela being inside, because it is large and appears to be in use.

      You asked if his location had been checked, and asked about the search dogs, so I am wondering if there is another connection that I am not getting. He lived in a nice house (not his) in a nice town. He wasn't actually suspected of having been the kidnapper, or of having Michaela himself, and as I said it was not his house he lived in, so no searches were ever done there.

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    5. Found this and it seems that they have some pretty good dogs! Hope this can help? http://cadaverdog.com/search_indexes/searches_cadaver_index.htm

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    6. Sharon,
      Call it a long shot,but didn't the car that the man drove have cement like splatter on it? With what psychics are getting and a feel i have with this info,could it be the water treatment plant in Hayward? I have googled images of the plant and many of the dirt like roads have a dirty loose cement rock look to it! If at any time ,person who took her was back there b4 the kidnaping (when it was wet) it likely would have made these kind of marks on the car (looking like cement like mud).....just a thought!

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    7. I'm not familiar with a water treatment plant in Hayward. Where is it?

      You are right, it is a long shot. It's a long shot that was probably looked at back in 1988-1989, though, because that is the kind of thing they were doing, along with fielding thousands of leads being called in. Right now it would be a piece of a puzzle that would be added into another picture. Check out my most recent blog, which is actually about much more than psychics.

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    8. I'm going to keep looking for the exact location,but it said it is a waste water treatment plant in Hayward and says it's going solar! from the google pictures, it shows,what looks like water holding tanks (that looks like they are cement pools) i'm trying to find the exact picture again for location! i'll get back to you when i find that info

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    9. the image i found went with this info! i guess it's just north of Hayward http://www.oroloma.org/news/press.html

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    10. Oh I know where that is. My son's band practices in a studio right next to there. It's in San Lorenzo, but that is very close to Hayward.

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    11. ** no not a water tower--though storm drains do often filter water out through them--I am sorry I do not have a good command of english. Let me please try again. I wondered if there is a connection with WHERE THE PICTURE WAS TAKEN by the man**The location of posing** AND the STORM DRAIN in the dream?. I failed to mention that there was a small amt of grass in the dreams that gave me the distinct impression of it being at a PARK OR PLAYGROUND.When my friend and I drove down and searched we tryed to look at as many sm. parks as we could find.I perceive the "vertical elliptical reinforced concrete culvert,sewer pipe storm drain that was by itself" is also out of easy view.This is why I asked if the entire region of where the picture was taken was checked.**

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    12. I think either you are mixing up various things I have said or I am thoroughly confused. There is no connection with the photograph you see here with the cement cylinders in the playground and the photos the man took. They are not the same photos and they were not taken in the same place, or at the same time. The photo here with the cement cylinders was taken by me, in another place, years before that other man was even known. There were no such cement cylinders at the location where the photos were taken, and there was no search conducted at that place because it has never been under suspicion, and because it is a busy school where nothing is likely to be hidden, and also not in the direction the kidnapper went after he took Michaela.

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    13. **Not "mixing up". Please 1st lets address your comment " There were no such cement cylinders at the location where the photos were taken".
      Consider viewing 7 pictures on ‘CULVERT” Wiki . and “IMAGES for culverts”.
      These sites show pictures of the many ways some culverts are obscured from view.**

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    14. **I have just viewed the 50 pgs of pics from GOOGLING “ IMAGES FOR CULVERTS “
      I am wondering if there is a way to get a
      “city schematic of culverts”?? **
      Perhaps it will help narrow the search that the dogs are having trouble with.
      Maybe even eliminate BOTH picture locations I was referencing as a possible hiding place? (sigh) **

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    15. They are busy, busy schools. Thousands of children have been all over there in the last 23 years. They are not in the direction the kidnapper went, and are not places of suspicion. The police are not going to investigate these places because their resources are stretched way too thin. We will keep the images of your dream in mind, but this kind of investigation is likely not something that is going to happen, because as I said, we have way too many leads, way too many suspects, and way too few resources to investigate those. If you find something specific, let me know.

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    16. **I hear how the resources are stretched and solid leads are needed.
      Reviewing the 50 pg’s of pics several more times I noticed a map:
      PG #42—top row—far right
      “map-of culvert.png”
      I googled “map-of-culvert- Hayward”
      Under “explanation” red dots indicated “underground culverts and storm drains.”

      Perhaps whatever TOWN the current search is being done where you said “. The area that the man gave was a large piece of property,” could be googled under “map-of-culvert- (name town).
      Maybe after all these years the culvert dream has been a landmark waiting for the tip to be called in.? Hope resides**

      http://museumca.org/creeks/WholeMaps/2_Hayward%20Creek%20Map.pdf

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    17. The large piece of property in question is rural.

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    18. **still possible " “Decomposing body found in rural culvert”
      by David L. Teibel on Aug. 09, 2007, under Local, Special **

      http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue/2007/08/09/59661-decomposing-body-found-in-rural-culvert/

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    19. I have passed that question along to our detective. Thanks.

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    20. ** I will regret for the remainder of my life how I just presented that news reference--I will not return here until she is found**

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    21. I have had worse things happen to me. And if it makes you feel better, I didn't read the article.

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  3. For some reason, I've been laying in bed for the last couple hours unable to sleep. I finally gave up on tossing and turning, and logged online. The Dear Michaela Blog just happened to be the first 'favorite' of mine that I clicked on and I was so happy to see an update from you.

    Like you said, there isn't much that us people outside the investigation can do except hope and pray... I really do hope that you get the answers both you and Michaela deserve very soon! :-)

    - Julia

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  4. Sharon,

    You once mentioned possibly starting a non-profit that would help aid the police with older cases as well as your main focus being set on Michaela's case. Now may be the time to really put that thought forth and take action. Three months of dedicated time breaks my heart. She deserves so much more. Kim

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    1. And our investigator is hoping to turn it into more, at least to begin with another three months at the beginning of next year. We will see how things go there. I can't see that a nonprofit would help right now. If Rob hasn't solved it before he retires I might try to look into something to pay him to come back and keep working on it.

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  5. i know u guys don't go off of dreams or psycic information. but i too had a dream about three weeks ago that has nagged at me. in the dream there was a ton of construction going on.. and this guy (older man) was freaking out that someone might find her. there was a forest ranger station /shack looking thing in my dream and trees right outside of it.. and i kept being told over and over in a whisper (coyote hills) i woke up weirded out and researched online that there was in fact a place not too far away from hayward that was called coyote hills anyway i don't know if anyone has even checked over there.. or even how big that is.but i thought i would at least tell u. hope u find her and recieve peace.

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    1. Yes, there is a place called Coyote Hills. It's a public park area, hilly and open, right along the Bay. I've been there a number of my times while out riding bikes.

      There are hills and regional parks that run along Mission Boulevard, and it used to be lined with gladiola field, and empty fields, and those in recent years were almost all turned into housing developments, lots of construction. I'm not sure if any of those were referred to as Coyote Hills. The actual suspect areas there have not yet been built over, although someone could possibly have been concerned about the construction spreading.

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  6. has there been an investigstion in that park area u were talking about? or is it even the type of place that would have a wooden ranger station or shack place that might have trees and construction around there? sorry for all the questions. but not being there has made me really wonder.
    -m-

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    1. LOTS AND LOTS of investigation, even including helicopters with infrared sensors and military jets, and searches with dogs in a couple of areas.

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  7. Dear Sharon,

    Please get the junior and senior yearbook photographs of Loren Herzog and post them on your web site. I tried to get them but got no response from the people at Linden High School, where he graduated from. Can you send a law enforcement officer there, or subpoena the school to get his yearbook photographs? They could be posted on your web pages, or on the web, and lead to new leads (or solve case(s)).

    Please, please try.

    The only witness may have something important to say.

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    1. I'm not sure what that would have, Anonymous, and I'm not going to post pictures of Herzog on my website because I have no indication he has anything to do with Michaela's case. Even if he was a suspect, I don't post photos of suspects here, because that would be misleading, and would discourage people from reporting other information because they would assume that we know who did it, and we don't.

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    2. If you are talking about Michaela's friend, she was shown photos of Herzog by the police department, long before it was news.

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  8. Investigating this case must be a nightmare! There are so many places and so many tips that it has to be overwhelming to even think about it.
    I once read a Astrology report that was done on Michaela, where they said she was in a field near a water tower. And I immediately thought of the water Temple I pass coming out of Niles Canyon. But If I remember Niles canyon was a big focus after the kidnapping, and it is so big that looking for a needle in a haystack would seem easy in comparison! The Astrology report though also said the Kidnapper had a clear un marked face, and we know that is not the case from the eye witness.

    I have always got the feeling from your posts, that the detectives are on the right track, but just need those missing puzzle pieces to fall into place. It sounds like you have good suspects and if anything, all of this investigation has kept these people from taking the chance in harming other people. I hope they live day by day in a state of paranoia.

    When the news started reporting about Herzog, I fell for the story like most people. But when you wrote in your blog that he had been checked out, and was not a suspect, that was enough for me to forget him. If anyone knows what is really going on its you and the detectives....and the scum that took her.

    I pray this is resolved for you soon and Michaela comes home. I would also hope and will pray that people that KNOW who did this, will do what is right and come forward.

    Take care
    Rod

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  9. Sharon, I grew up in CV and am very close in age to Michaela. Her story has always been on my mind. Seems several girls were taken during in the bay during that timeframe and it became a scary thing for myself and my family. I've always had the same dream that comes to me occasionally. It's Michaela and another blonde little girl too and both are in the trunk alive together. It's a haunting dream but one that shows her alive. I'm amazed that so many years later I can recall vividly and continue to have this same dream from when myself was a young teen. I pray something opens up here and Michaela is found! My family lost one of my cousins to a murder which almost 30 yrs later is finally going to court soon and having answers finally will bring some peace. Always thinking of you and Michaela.

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  10. Hello Sharon,
    I followed your sites for a number of years now. I think it is wonderful you have these sites to be a voice for your daughter. I won't go into much detail about my own childhood, just to say I had an abusive childhood. Sometimes I have seceretly wished you were my own mom. I can feel the love you have for your own children and your family. All children should have parents like you. Reading your blogs over the years has helped me heal that hurt little girl in me. It also opened a part of my heart I never thought possible. I never thought I would be able to be a parent myself, because I thought it would be to hard for me because of my own childhood. This time last year I went through the foster care training program in my area. This time next week they are sending two girls. They are coming to live with me for a year. They are part of the youth for understanding for foreign exchanged students to come to America.

    You made a difference in my life and helped make my life more positive and helped me to heal in more ways than I could ever tell you. I have read a few comments on your blog from others you have help grow and heal also. Michaela would be so proud of you and all you have done.

    I wish nothing but the best for you and your family!

    Sincerly,
    Sarah

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    1. Sarah, thank you so much for that. For me, if I can make a positive difference in someone else's life through this blog, it is Michaela's gift to the world, it means that her life and her suffering were not without some meaning. So I really appreciate hearing from you. And I hope things go well with your foster girls. I hope you enjoy them and they enjoy you. And for the record, I do not believe that having been abused as a child makes it difficult to be a loving parent yourself. In fact, sometimes I think it makes you even more so.

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