Tuesday, October 2, 2012

More about the UAE....

Well, I'm feeling a bit like shaking this up. There are many things I know and kind of keep under wraps for various reasons. My main motivation always is to protect the integrity of the investigation. I almost added "at all costs" at the end of that sentence, but I think that is perhaps part of the issue, and why I have decided to write this particular blog entry.

Those of you who have been reading Dear Michaela for awhile will recall that some time ago I got an e-mail from a man in Russia. And yes it has been confirmed that this e-mail came from Russia. Please don't send me messages all about how locations can be faked, because we know a fair amount about the man who sent it and he is, indeed, in Russia. Anyway, this e-mail said basically, "She is in the UAE. Changed too much for remember." The odd thing is that within the week I received another e-mail from a woman in Washington state, here in the U.S., telling me the same thing. Well, she said she was in that area, and most likely in the UAE.

One of the comments on my last blog asked if there had been any searches for Michaela conducted in the UAE, and the answer is there have not been. I mean, where could we search? It's no small country and it's quite different from the United States. I have learned, for example, that it is illegal to distribute missing flyers in the country, which seems more than a little suspicious in itself. The new age progression of Michaela was done largely for the purpose of distributing it to the U.S. embassies in the area. Again, those who have been long-time readers know that I don't like age progressions, and I don't place much faith in them, but how on earth do you look for someone who has been missing for almost 24 years? I am not sure that distributing photos of her at age nine is going to be helpful. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that distributing age progressions will be much more helpful.

But what's being done? I don't know. This lead was passed to one person, who passed it to another person, and I don't know if anything was done with it at all. I will have to do some more pressing in order to find out. I found at least one organization in the UAE that helps victims of trafficking, and I wrote them an e-mail about Michaela myself, but I never heard back.

Honestly and truly, in my gut I think that if Michaela is alive and out there, the only way she is going to be found is if she contacts us herself. And that is what I continue to hope and pray and strive for.

I do get the occasional visitor to my blog from the UAE. My web tools allow me to get certain limited information about visitors. One of the things I can get is the path that led them to this blog. A visit here from the UAE not too long ago came through a websearch for the term "Michaela Garecht dead." Now this is odd. Who would conduct a search using those terms? Someone who was curious about her case wouldn't do that. They would just search for her name and see what came up.

The person I could see as most likely to use that search term is Michaela herself. It makes complete sense to me for Michaela to do a websearch for the purpose of seeing if we have given up on her. In untold numbers of fiction accounts, the families of the missing decide at some point that they are dead, and they have a memorial service of some sort, and yes, I have heard of that happening in real life as well. And I just want to caution you not to judge the families who do this. This is one hell of a tough row to hoe, and until you have tried living with it, you cannot know. Normally grief goes through its stages and resolves to the point where you can at least live with it. When your child is missing, you are denied that. And as long as your child is missing, you work your heart off, if not your legs, continuing to hope, to pray, to seek. It is a huge emotional burden, very difficult to carry.

So I have been reluctant to say anything about this. First, I just don't want to spook anybody. And second, I don't want to out anybody. So to me, this blog entry is kind of taking a chance. But on my way home from work tonight I just kept thinking about Michaela. I just kept thinking about how everything in life can change in a single instant, about how just as Michaela was snatched away from us in that one frozen moment in time in 1988, in another moment the phone can ring, or I can open an e-mail, and everything can change, a seismic shift that can rearrange the oceans and continents of my existence.

And I thought about this search from someone in the UAE, and I just had to say something. I just wanted to say, Michaela, if that is you, I see you. From the other side of the planet, I see you. There is no distance in time or space that cannot be overcome, because I see you. I hear you through your silence. I feel your fear. But we can overcome. I promise we can.

I guess I should end this blog entry by saying that I know a million and one people will read this and conclude that I am grasping at straws. And hey, I'm perfectly willing to accede to that. But that is what you do when you are searching the earth for a child who has been missing for 24 years. But if you keep on grasping them, who knows but one day you might find a frightened young woman grasping the other end, and perhaps you can tug gently and pull her to safety. And love, so much love.

Michaela, again, and always, I love you forever. There is nothing we cannot overcome.

mom

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  1. God bless you, Sharon. I don't think you're grasping at straws. God bless you, and God bless Michaela.

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  2. Very beautifully written Sharon. I hope with you that whomever searched Michaela reads your blog and contacts you. You bare amazing Sharon

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  3. You could always make another fb page and load it with tons of photos of michaela and just search for people from the UAE and just add them. Idk maybe someone will see it and be like holy s@@t I know her! Or it could mean doom. Idk small things I guess. Have you ever thought of just going there and doing your own search like that movie Taken?

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    1. I already have a facebook page for Michaela. What I'd really like is to find some way to get publicity over there for Michaela. That might be something she would see. Honestly, given the passage of time and the fact that we do not know what she looks like today, my focus has to be on trying to reach out to Michaela. In that vein, if anybody reads this and knows who/where Michaela is (like my friend from Russia), just point her to this blog, please.

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  4. Well, I did find several UAE facebook pages and I posted this blog to them. Posted it on twitter and tagged UAE. It's in God's hands.

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  5. I really hope,wish and pray that you get to see her again or at least know what has happened to her during your time here. I pray for this happen often. Hugs.

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  6. Hi. You might contact the authors of the book "Half the Sky" as they travel all over the world and have connections to the grass roots organizations that help these women. They would be the most likely to know of rumors or locations of a foreign looking woman in this type of situation. These organizations also have the input of the girls/women who they rescue that in time are able to provide them with more information. The focus for most of the rescue teams is on young girls but I think they are still your best source of information. I've also read that when women "age out" of being a high income producer they are sometimes let free. Sadly, with no job skills or education or social ties they generally continue sex work but have more freedom than being locked in room. Maybe Michaela is now able to search for herself. I pray for you and Michaela and wish I could do more than walk with you on this journey. God Bless.

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    1. I will look into it, anonymous. Thanks.

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  7. Keep going Mama, you are never grasping at straws, not when it's your baby. I know you'll never give up. There are many people supporting you. Someday, there will be an end to this heartache for you...I hope soon. I think about you and Michaela daily, and pray she comes home to you where she belongs. Much love, and light to you both.

    <3 Serena (Kiana's mom) :)

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  8. I have this question. It’s been 24 years now why don’t you try now to open up all the facts to the public and ask the world to think about it? News ideas could emerge, new leads, new stuff. A million brains could, may be, solve the mystery. I do not think that it would threaten the integrity of the investigation. The investigation has not brought the answer so far and it’s been 24 years. I would write to Obama’s White House and ask him to help with his UAE’s counterparts... in a society such as the UAE, everybody knows everybody and a blond woman would quickly be spotted I would say. Finally, I would not hesitate to distribute the aged photo: what else do we have? The old photo is of no help, at least with the aged one we have something to look for. Anyway, I am with you and will continue to have my eyes wide open here in my little corner of Canada.

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    1. Rafael, the answer to your question is first that it is still an active police investigation that can be compromised by release of information. Some people just don't need to know they are being investigated, because it might give them an opportunity to influence the outcome, hide evidence, etc. And second, this case is nothing that brainstorming is going to solve. It is something that only a whole lot of hard police work could possibly solve, unless we got some information from a person who knows where Michaela is.

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  9. I would hang on to a thread for life! I think you should very much feel encouraged by the search engine and the connection to the UAE. It seems like a very odd combination to google with the word dead. If I was disconnected from my life and still remembered my name, I probably would google it if I had that moment....opportunity. Too coincidental to have 3 connections come through that lead back to the UAE.

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  10. I look at it this way, until you find out with utter certainty that she is not alive, a mother never gives up hope. If I were in your shoes I would be searching high and low just as you are to bring my child home. I see nothing wrong with hoping and reaching out and speaking her to her, because if there is even a small chance that she can read your words than it is worth a try. I commend you for your endless effort and I cross every finger and toe I have that she sees you too. Much love and support for you and Michaela!

    Shannon

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  11. Sharon,
    I do not think your grasping at straws if you have a gut feeling all these years then you follow it like you have been doing and never give up. I believe in my heart she is alive too I think if she was not after all these years something would have turned up. Remember I lived very close to you when that happened my oldest who is 27 now I remember that was it for being outside in the neighborhood from there on out and we moved after my second son was born because of the fear I felt from this person that took your Michaela.. I followed your story for years as I still do because it was so close to home and I always thought of you and how strong you had to have been to endure all that not knowing what happened and when they found Jaycee the first thing I thought about was Michaela and this only mean's there is hope she is out there somewhere. So you are doing what your heart tells you and I think it's wonderful and there is hope she can find u again and I pray everyday that one of these day's you will have her home and safe. Your a wonderful Mother and a fighter and I will always admire you I have for the past 20 something years since this has happened. Much Love to You Always you are in my prayers and thoughts daily...Pollu

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  12. grab every straw you can find I say! This is no more ridiculous than say a weird man walking on the Berkeley campus, handing out fliers about religion, and a missing girl being found....because one person took the time to check things out.
    The UAE not allowing fliers for missing persons to be distributed says a lot about how they feel. Whats scary is when you read what Janice Smolinski and her family are going through, IN THIS Country, because a judge ruled that the fliers they posted of their missing son was harassment!
    Someone searching "Michaela Garecht dead" is major in my opinion.
    I dont think releasing the evidence to the public would do anything but help the kidnappers. It seems that people see "Hayward PD" and think its Barney Fife running the investigation. LOL If Hayward PD and the FBI thought it would be the smart thing to do, I am sure they would in a heart beat. We get emotional when we READ that Sharon is upset and having a hard time, I cant imagine being a detective working on this case and knowing her personally, and having to look into her eyes and see the grief and pain.


    Sharon God bless you and Michaela, and I hope that something happens soon that changes the game in a positive way!

    ~ Rod

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    1. You are a smart guy, Rod. :)

      I just want to say, regarding our detective, without revealing too much about his personal life, he came close enough to the prospect of possibly losing his own daughter at not much older than Michaela that his compassion goes beyond the ordinary. Believe me, he cares.

      And I don't know why anybody would think badly of the Hayward PD. Hayward is a fairly large city in the San Francisco Bay Area, not exactly Mayberry. I'm not really sure what people are thinking, but you are right that they do sometimes act as though there isn't and hasn't been any investigation going on, or as though those doing it are incompetent. So let me just assure everybody, they are not incompetent. This has been a massive investigation, with a great deal of heart behind it.

      Thanks.

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  13. Sharon, I know you cannot go to Russia to look for Michaela but did the man give any info on how he knows where she is. If he really does know then why isn't he telling you where to find her. Why isn't he contacting the authorities? I know it has been 23 years but Michaela would still have memories of her life before she was taken. Jaycee was missing 18 years and remembered pretty much everything. I would understand this better if Michaela was taken as a baby or young toddler. But at 9 she should still remember her family.
    Do you think this man is being truthful? If so,does he really know for sure that the person he is speaking of is Michaela?
    As for the woman in Washington, isn't there a way to trace her to find out if she really knows facts about where Michaela might be?
    Sorry to ramble on. I know you probably checked everything out but I just had to ask.

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    1. Think about it, anonymous. If Michaela is in the UAE (not Russia), she was not taken there by the skinny pimply blonde haired guy who kidnapped her. She would be there as part of an international child trafficking ring. Those are pretty powerful people, particularly in that part of the world. Organized crime on a huge scale. You do know what happens to people who snitch on organized crime, right? As for how he would have access to this truth, I have seen evidence of a kind of bizarre avocation of his which might have brought him into such a circle as some people might be interested in what he does. But I don't know anything for sure. As for whether or not he's being truthful, I do believe he is. As to whether or not he is correct, that's an open question. Does he know it's Michaela because he was told that it was, or does he just think she is? I don't know cause he isn't talking, and I have personally contacted him.

      The woman in Washington didn't claim to have any facts. She claimed to be making assumptions. That is hard to pin anybody down on. It was just such a huge coincidence that these two messages came so close to one another, in the same single week out of 23 years of weeks.

      While it pains me to say this, there are worse things a child can be put through than what Jaycee went through. There are things that I can't even contemplate. Michaela was also younger than Jaycee when she was kidnapped. Michaela was nine, and Jaycee was eleven.

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    2. I'd like to add,brainwashing can be a poweful thing. Years of it,especially. I'm nearly 33 and I cant remember a good portion of back to when I was 9. We would like to think these people (kidnappers,sex traffickers,etc) think rationally. But they do not. Michaela could very well have little to no memory of her past. I hope and pray she will find her way home to the people who love her.

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  14. Sharon -

    Wonderful writing as usual. Forget about those who say or think you're "grasping at straws." You're so hopeful and dedicated, and the world could use more people like you. Never give up.

    - Matt

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  15. I hope you find her - I think of Michaela and Jacob Wetterling often.

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  16. Hi. I didn't know how to get my name to show (sorry) but my name is Gayle. I'm the one who suggested the Half the Sky people. I wanted to add that I've been saving my air miles for the past 4 years to take my daughter to Australia for her "golden birthday" (when your age is your birthdate). Anyway, if you feel like you need to go to the UAE I'd like to donate my airmiles to you. Maybe others would be able to do the same. Please reach out through this blog if that becomes a reality. For me, it would be a meaningful way to show you my support. Gayle

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    1. Thanks so much, Gayle, but at this point it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. We'd need a lot more information before we could really look there. So please take your daughter to Australia, and enjoy each other!

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  17. Sharon, I am the one who wrote the above comment asking about the man in Russia. I am sorry I wrote Anonymous but I don't know how to post otherwise. My name is Nancy and have written many times before as well as talked to you on the phone years ago. I do understand about how the man in Russia would be at risk if he went to the authorities. But isn't there a program that protects this kind of thing. You state Michaela may have been taken by a child sex ring. What happens to the children when they grow up? Are they still held captive or do they become part of the so called ring? I guess I am just ignorant when it comes to all this. I know there are agencies that go into the UAE and break up these rings. Have you ever had contact with any of them?
    I agree that Jaycee could of had it much worse. I am not in any way saying that what happened to her is not a horrible, horrific thing. I am sure she experienced much more than she described in her book. No one should ever have to go through this.
    But in my heart, I know that children go through much worse even at the hands of their own parents.
    I have always felt a closeness to Michaela's case as I also have a daughter who was born in 1979 as Michaela was. When I look at her pic somehow I see my own little girl, dressed in those 80s clothes and hair styles. (my daughter is also blond) There is one pic where she is sitting in her robe with her little brother beside her. This really hits home as it reminds me of my daughter and son.
    I just wish that you had some answers to all of your questions.
    I just hope that if Michaela is out there something will jog her memory and she will remember and try her best to get home.

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    1. I'll admit that I am not an expert on the subject, but as far as I know there are no organizations that go into the UAE to break up these rings. They exist, and continue to exist with apparent impunity because it appears that the government there doesn't really pursue them. There are people far for knowledgeable than I am, whose own daughters have been known to have been taken into these rings, and they have not managed to get them out.

      Nor could I answer the question about what happens to them when they grow up. My guess is that as there are people who are interested in girls, there are also people who are interested in women, and blonde hair and blue eyes would be a draw at any age.

      But really, I don't know. It's like a shade is drawn around this side of the region, and it is difficult to see what's beyond it.

      And while we have witness protection programs in the U.S., we are talking about two foreign countries with governments very different from our own.

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  18. Not sure how real this is but I saw a documentary on TV where US Law officials went into a foreign country (maybe the UAE) and broke up a child sex ring and rescued little children. It made me sick to my stomach so I didn't watch it all.
    I do realize that these children are brainwashed. Some of the little girls thought the officials that were rescuing them were the bad guys. I can't even imagine. I guess they resort to this kind of life as normal. So very sad.

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    1. I just attempted a google search on the subject, but couldn't do it. It just made me think that there are things worse than death.

      I don't know, just don't know, how this or some variation of it could have happened to my child. She was mine, mine to protect.

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    2. It's funny you said this because I was thinking the same thing about my own child. As parents, our main goal is to protect our little ones and also our big ones when they grow up.
      This was out of your hands. It is not your fault. I know that every day you think-if only-if only I didn't let her go to the market. Sharon there is no way we can protect our children 100 percent. In your effort to let Michaela grow and learn something horrible happened to her. You had no way of knowing. Like you said you were uneasy about it because it was her first time but we, as parents cannot put our children in bubbles. What happened to Michaela is very very rare. We cannot lock up our children because we are fearful of what might happen to them. I am sure you have made similar decisions with your other kids which turned out ok.
      You in no way could have known that day what was going to happen. Especially since she was with a friend and not going very far. You were doing your job as a good parent and letting your child grow and learn. Michaela knew this and appreciated it, I am sure of it.

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    3. Anonymous is right, you could not have known. It was 10 A.M not P.M, she was only going a couple of blocks away and she was going with a friend, and besides Michaela was 9 not 3 or 4, and you have also mentioned that Michaela knew the basics of how to handle herself with strangers, which makes what happened with Michaela all the more tragic, and it scares anyone who reads her story.
      I once saw an interview that Etan Patz´s father did where he mentioned how he and his wife were severely criticized because they let 6 year old Etan walk to the bus stop, and like he said, what are we as parents supposed to do?? Not leave them out of our sight ever? (not the exact words he said, I don´t remember the exact words), if you remember Etan´s case the little boy begged and begged his parents to let him walk to the bus stop alone, all the other kids dd it, why not him?? At last their parents caved in, it was his first time walking to the bus stop, and he vanished.
      All of these stories are frightening and that is why there are so many helicopter parents nowadays, thanks to predators, childhood is no longer carefree.

      Just remember please, what happened to Michaela was not your fault, you could not have known, no one could have known.

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    4. Thanks, and I do know this. But guilt isn't really what I'm talking about. It is hard to describe how I feel about this. It isn't that I feel it's my fault. It's that I feel this was given to me, this task of protecting Michaela and raising her, and ... ugh, I just can't find the words. Someone stole that right from me, I guess. They had NO RIGHT to take Michaela, because she was under my protection. Does this make any sense at all? It's a very complex feeling to try to describe, but this is how I feel.

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  19. I wouldn't think there would be any organizations to go into a place like the UAE. Sharon is right about the man in Russia. For him to go to the authorities would be suicidal in Russia. The Russian Mob is very connected in Government and most likely involved in trafficking. Even the US government doesnt really have a lot of pull in the UAE.
    If Michaela is reading this forum the best thing she can do is get herself to the US embassy.
    One thing that is disturbing to me about the UAE is......it seems that everyone knows that Human trafficking goes on there, yet the UN does nothing about it. Movies are made with Liam Neeson and it seems like there is a quiet agreement that it is very real....but nothing is done!
    Thank God for Mark Klaas for his organization Klaas Kids. I encourage everyone to go to his facebook page and support the fights he engages in everyday to keep kids safe.

    ~ Rod

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    1. Has anyone noticed the adds for UAE Airlines lately? Women flight attendants have to wear scarves. I would like to see a full account on the state of sex trafficking in the UAE. It just isn't public. Actress Demi Moore, @JustDemi on Twitter, has over 5 million followers. Her special cause is illegal sex trafficking of children. Please contact her or her agent. She may help or try to point you in the right direction. She has connections.

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    2. The scarves are worn out of respect for the religion. I wouldn't question that.

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    3. Females in islamic countries can't question it, else "They would kill you" an iranian man told me, smiling as he said it. Those black bags women are forced to wear hide plenty.

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    4. I am a paralegal and I work in immigration law. I have the privilege of meeting all sorts of people from all over the world, and I do not share your cultural bias. In fact, we had an intern working in our office who was from Iran, and she was an attorney there, and definitely not downtrodden.

      But your statement makes no sense in the context of this blog. Wherever Michaela is, I don't think I have ever intimated that I believe she is enjoying a sunny vacation. She was kidnapped, and generally people are not kidnapped so that they can be plopped down somewhere in happy lives. I would really like for that to be the case, but it's never been the scenario I'd imagine first.

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  20. Don't you think Michaela could be wearing a Berqqa would make her unrecognizable? The man who took Michaela did he have light eyes? Because there are a Arabs with light features and could he have been wearing a wig? Do you still keep in touch with Michaela's friend who witnessed the abduction?

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    1. I think Michaela would probably be unrecognizable anyway. Nobody would ever have looked at Jaycee and guessed she was Jaycee, and she looked nothing like the age progression they had done for her. And the man who kidnapped Michaela was a young druggie type, AND people who run the trafficking rings do not go out and kidnap the kids off the street themselves.

      I think I have said these things before, in this very thread haven't I?

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    2. Okay, I do apologize, because I think that reply might seem a little impolite. But the thing is that even though people keep telling me they are just trying to help, and even though that may be true, it often just feels as though people are either ignoring me or arguing with me or believe that all of the people who have been working so hard on Michaela's case for all these years are stupid. And honestly I just don't have the emotional energy sometimes to deal appropriately with it.

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  21. Sharon, I know it is must feel impossible but, please don't torture yourself with all the things that could have happened to Michaela. You only allow the person who took her to victimize you over and over again. Don't give him that power. I'm sending you strength and positive thoughts..

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  22. Sharon, are you aware of the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children? It sounds like they work with victims of trafficking. Don't know if they can be a help or not, but here's their website: http://www.dfwac.ae/index.htm

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    1. Thanks, Anonymous. I wrote them an e-mail about Michaela in case they should ever come across her. I have done this sort of thing before and haven't heard back, but we'll see.

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  23. If the Michaela cremented like the astrologer said would the man who did this be electricuted for his crime?

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    1. I have no idea what you are saying. But I don't believe they use electrocution in California.

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    2. And to clarify, I am personally opposed to the death penalty. I suppose this could be put to the test one day if the truth were to be known about Michaela, but that's how I feel.

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  24. I'd just like to say it seems to me that Sharon is being asked a lot of questions repetitively and seemingly impossible for her to answer. How would she know if Michaela could be wearing a burqua or if the persons responsible for this could be put to death? These are useless questions,in my opinion. Perhaps before you post,remind yourself that she has thought about 23 years worth of what could have happened to Michaela. And have a little more discretion please.

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  25. Dear Sharon,
    what I am writing has nothing to do with the UAE, but with the gut feeling people are talking about in this blog.
    I‘ m sure you have heard about Natascha Kampusch, the Austrian girl who had been abducted in 1998 and held in captivity for almost 9 years until she managed to escape.
    I send you a link of an interview with Natascha‘s mother who says she had always felt her daughterwas alive. Maybe that‘ll give you (more) hope. It‘s a German article - if you don‘t have an opportunity to translate it, just let me know so I can help you with it!
    http://eltern.t-online.de/natascha-kampuschs-mutter-im-interview/id_44976216/index

    Much love, Tanja

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    1. Thanks Tanja. You know, I have Natascha's book. I've had it for a couple of years. But I just haven't been able to bring myself to read it....

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  26. Interesting about Demi Moore. Maybe its a good idea to ask her for help, with her status, fame and connection/contacts she could do something to make people in the area to pay attention about this blog somehow.

    She seems genuinely informed and interested in trafficking...

    Karen

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  27. I know this is a bit off the subject. But what did Michaela enjoy doing at that time? What were some of her interests (music-wise,hobbies,etc)? Did she have any personal sayings? Just curious about her. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. LOL, that would be a blog in itself. Maybe one day.

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    2. Sharon, it doesn't matter what anyone thinks but you. You are a mother who wants to find her daughter. I too would grasp at any straw I could if it were my daughter who was missing.
      May God grant you peace,

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  28. http://www.globaltoronto.com/pages/story.aspx?id=6442731436

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  29. I know its likely not here but thhe shape of the nostrils is what got me and the hair color and height thing, hey who knows...sure the woman looks older but if Michaela had a hard life she would likely look older.

    http://www.globaltoronto.com/pages/story.aspx?id=6442731436

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  30. Its been 24 years and I still pray for your safe return Michaela. I still remember your sweet smile. Praying and hopeing that one day you'll come home to your mother. I can't imagine how her heart must feel without you.
    Sharon...Im am so proud of you. Your so strong ...
    Donna N. ( Modesto, CA)

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  31. Dear Sharon
    I read the news. I pray for you and Michaela

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  32. I don't know why but I'm still hoping this lead pans out....I so badly wish she's out there somewhere , alive and...I don't know ...sigh!

    Hugs!
    SR Mom

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  33. Michaela's Mom,
    I address you as such because as a mother of 3 boys, I am, without a doubt, first , before self , their mom. Willing to give all, do all, die for them, if need be. Like you would for Michaela, or trade places if given the choice. Buy you weren't given the choice to do any of those. You were left with the choice to keep hope alive all these years, to grasp at straws, reach out to others for comfort, while also giving comfort to other families who search endlessly for their loved ones. So grasp at straws until there are none left to grasp. Then know she has been with angels, holding her gently, until you could bring her home.

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  34. I realize this post is over a year old, but I am reading it for the first time. There is an American Air Force base in the UE, I think it's worth a try to contact them & send them fliers (I know they can't distribute them off base but they could at least be aware that she might be there) also, the Mormon church sends its missionaries all over the world, I wonder if you could contact the missionaries in that area?

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