This is not going to be a long post, but I wanted to let you know that the results of the tests on the bone are in. The bone fragment is not Michaela's. It has been identified as belonging to Kimberly Billy. Kimberly is already known to be one of the victims of the Speed Freak Killers. Her remains were recovered from the well and have already been returned to her family -- just some of the bones were intermingled with Jo Ann Hobson's. The upside of all this is that there isn't some unsuspecting family learning this evening that their missing child has been found. Kimberly was not a child, by the way. She was 19 years old when she disappeared in December 1984. She was still someone's little girl, of course. I'm just referring to the fact that the bone was said to belong to a child between the ages of 5 and 13, and it turns out it didn't.
I just got home from the police department, and it's going to take me awhile to sort through my feelings, I'm sure. I will write more about this at a later date. Right now they are a little mixed. Yes, there is a degree of disappointment that the answer as to what happened to Michaela have eluded us once again -- and also the feeling of frustration about the possibility of ever, ever having the answers. But the Hayward Police Department is working hard on the case, and they do believe that they will be able to get those answers.
The overriding feeling I experienced, though, was a sense of relief. I felt a weight lift as I sat in that room at the police department. Just a whisper of relief.
I will be back to post again once everything has settled in. Meanwhile, thanks for your support as always. And Michaela, if you are out there, PLEASE CONTACT ME!!!
I love you forever.