Friday, November 29, 2013

To the Investigators

This is not addressed to any particular person or entity. It is absolutely not addressed to the investigator assigned to Michaela's case at Hayward PD, whose heart is fully invested in this case, or to any of the other individuals who I know and love so dearly. It is not directed to any other individual there either. Luckily, I am not informed when individuals in power are not supportive of the investigation, and I don't ask for this information either. Sometimes I think I am not nearly strong enough of an advocate for my daughter. But in general, the Hayward Police Department and the FBI are both supposed to be trying to solve Michaela's case. Let's also bring into this agencies such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which rakes in over $40 million a year. What exactly are you doing with all this money to help find children like my daughter?

But this is what I want to say. Have you people watched the news? Have you seen the three girls who were held captive by Ariel Castro? Have you heard of the torture they endured at his hands for all those years? Or the three women recently found in England? WHAT IF MICHAELA IS ALIVE AND IS SUFFERING LIKE THESE WOMEN? Are YOU comfortable with being the person to explain to her that you had other, more important things to divert time and attention to instead of investigating her kidnapping?

No, I didn't think so. I only hope to God that this day comes. And when it does, don't come smiling and holding your hand out, saying how much you care.

Sorry to have to post this publicly, but it's been my sad observation that only when the TV cameras are rolling does it happen that this case gets the backing it needs.

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  1. Personally I think there are far to many people missing in this country. (USA) So many have been found YEARS after the fact as you have mentioned. Yet sites like this one for Michaela and other sites of missing people seem to only get attention from the media as in after thought when someone is rescued. I pray one day someone is able to come up with a solution to this problem. Happy Holidays, Sharon!!

    Sincerely,
    Tom

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  2. where is the other age progression of Michaela the one you mentioned in your last post?

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    1. There have been a number of age progressions done over the years, but there is only one done in recent years. There is not an "other" one. What I was talking about was any age progression being circulated at all. I am opposed to their use because I do not consider them to be accurate.

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  3. That was so perfect! I agree completely.
    Online are so many sites with people trying to solve cold cases, and cases that are not cold like this one, and they make more progress than most of these centers that take in millions.
    If it wasn't for mothers like you a large amount of these cases would never be talked about. I find it appalling that the media only talks about this case when the anniversary comes up. That is one of the reasons i love Michelle Knight so much, she gives hope and asks people to never forget the missing.

    -Rod R.

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  4. Let me clarify, I did not complain about the media here. My experience is that the media will take advantage of any excuse to put a missing child back in the news. I was not in any way complaining about the media. You know, they did all show up for the 25th anniversary. I didn't notify any of them. I didn't ask any of them to come. But they were all there.

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  5. There is too time and money wasted in this country on non important issues. Ex: the space program, what's happening in Hollywood, stupid welfare and the obama healthcare. A missing child should be top priority, no matter how long it takes.

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  6. It is clear that many kidnapped children are held captive for years. I am appalled by the numbers of missing children listed on the National Center for Missing and Exploited children website. The investigation for a missing child must never stop until the child is brought home.

    Radhika

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  7. It makes me sick that some organizations only care when the cameras are rolling. If they're gonna give Michaela's case attention, they should give it attention all the time and not just when there's a camera in their faces.

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  8. Sharon, first, you're a great advocate for Michaela. Second, I don't think I've ever read you this frustrated about a lack of resources allocated to Michaela's case. Has something happened?

    Cindy

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    1. Not really, Cindy. The police department did take away the room that had been used for Michaela's investigation. It was a small room, with a desk, five file cabinets full of leads, boxes of evidence, a board with photos. It's been an ongoing thing, though, the battle for our investigator to get the time and resources.

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    2. I found a welcome matt for us Concerned Citizens to communicate with the Hayward Chief of Police DIANE URBAN on their web-site-and 2 lovely pictures of Michaela <3 http://www.hayward-ca.gov/CITY-GOVERNMENT/DEPARTMENTS/POLICE/
      PHONE: 510-293-7070
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      AsktheChief@hayward-ca.gov

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    3. Well that is really disappointing.They actually have contact information for leads directed to the National Center instead of their own department! That is pretty ridiculous, and I have always objected to leads going to any nonprofits. They should go to the police and only the police. They are also using the color composite, which I know the National Center likes to use because it is colorful, but the fact is that the eyewitness has said that she doesn't consider it to be accurate.

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    4. 12/10 The SUSPECT COMPOSITE has been changed and the 800 tip line # now goes to Hayward detective! (I called to verify)! The ERROR with Michaela’s “birthdate” remains incorrect (she was NOT born the day of her kidnap! ). :( http://www.hayward-ca.gov/CITY-GOVERNMENT/DEPARTMENTS/POLICE/

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    5. Time for plan B

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    6. I don't know what Plan B is, but please, please, please be respectful of the police department.

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    7. Rest assured I love my God too much in my born again nature to intentionally disrespect any one. Plan B , as with all matters of importance, will begin (this Friday) with fasting and much prayer while humbly seeking the fulfillment of the Bible promise found in James 1:5. Once “Wisdom” on specific direction is confirmed I will gather with praying Spiritual Elders (on Saturday) and ask for further discerning verification. Then each step of the way I will prayerfully proceed forward.
      Right now I am in preliminary preparation of ensuring a pure motive and meek heart. I slowly review the 10 commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) and ask God “Is there anything I need to repent of that is causing a wedge between me and Thee?”. Once the blessed assurance comes I lean with confidence on the Everlasting Arms , enter the Throne of Mercy & petition for specific intervention for Michaela’s case.....Meanwhile please take gentle care.

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    8. 12/14 I am extending this long special prayer process of sole focus for a breakthrough in Michaela’s 25 y/o case to now include the location of 2 very current* endangered missing children* 4 year old girl from Miami and 8 y/o autistic boy HUNTSVILLE, AL—Anyone here adding uplifts during your daily prayer worship time for these important 3 cases would be appreciated. <3
      Friday “4 y/o” SHANIYA Wendy Jacques-Louis was last seen at around 4:00 p.m. Friday . Police said she was playing with neighbors who later went inside while she stayed outside. When they returned, she was gone” Officers searched vacant lots and abandoned homes .A bloodhound tried to pick up her scent and a chopper with heat sensing technology was launched” (1 news link said a male neighbor was taken in for questioning.. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/12/14/law-enforcement-go-door-to-door-in-search-of-missing-4-year-old/
      VIEWED ON BAMBNF-680 members shared! <3—URGENT UPLIFTS BEGINNING for AUTISTIC 8 y/o RANDLE Updated: Dec 14, 2013 7:24 PM CST “ RANDLE Barrow, 8, is autistic, and the police need the public's help in finding him” Firefighters responded to the house and put the fire out. Police found a female victim inside the home, who was taken to the hospital…Police said the child was not found inside the home and that they have not been able to locate him “ http://www.waff.com/story/24220927/firefighters-respond-to

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    9. Thanks so much for sharing! <3 and anyone joining in prayers <3 UPDATES A sketch of a man seen in the area has been released to the public re still MISSING 4 y/o SHANIYA Wendy Jacques-Louis. ----AND P.D has ID’d the female victim killed in the fire (RIP) while search continues for still MISSING autistic 8 y/o RANDLE Barrow. (12/14 11:30 p.m.)

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    10. BLESSED NEWS!! SUNDAY:” Dec 15 2013 08:46:48 AM EST Updated 51 m “ FOUR Y/O “ Shaniya Jaques-Louis was found (SAFE) around 5:30 Sunday morning. According to police, a driver spotted the child walking with an unidentified man near the home she disappeared and honked his or her horn. A neighbor heard the sound and along with the driver, confronted the man, who left the little girl behind but took off. Police told Local 10's Ben Kennedy detectives were able to track the man down and as of Sunday morning, he is talking with detectives at Miami Police Headquarters. “ (THANKS EVERYONE)— More uplifts continue...Amen <3 http://www.local10.com/news/miami-fouryearold-found-safe-1-in-custody/-/1717324/23495982/-/10lt8i5/-/index.html

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    11. FOLLOW UP #2 .. RANDLE Barrow,autistic MISSING 8 y/o updated on: 11:14am, December 15, 2013-- Ailing single mother & Autistic son are now together in Heavens special care unit—“ Marshall County deputies found the body of eight-year-old Randle barrow around midnight this morning.:*( R.I.P &Condolences to grieving loved ones. Thank you God for confirmed location, groups and people who shared, uplifted and for the comfort to come. http://whnt.com/2013/12/14/breaking-news-firefighters-respond-to-a-house-fire/ The return to sole focus Prayer Vigil for a breakthrough in MICHAELA ‘s case resumes with the firm commitment to P.U.S.H.( Pray Until Something Happens)<3

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    12. After the holidays, in preparation for what is to come, it will be of* utmost importance *for loved one’s of Michaela to strongly consider focusing on even more of a* health promoting lifestyle*.
      The word N.E.W.S.T.A.R.T has been dubbed a successful template by some health promoters.(Dr’s at Weimar Institute) The 7 letters stand for a health principles that when combined each day promotes a healthier life. NEWSTART=
      N= Nutrition
      E=Exercise
      W=Water
      S=Sunshine
      T= Temperance
      A = Air (fresh outdoor)
      R= Rest
      T+ Trust ( In a loving Higher power greater then ourselves)

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    13. Ummm ... okay? I'm all for a health promoting lifestyle.

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  9. The excuse of “not enough funding” to resolve Michaela’s case has continued for heartbreaking years :”( Executive Compassionate Brainstorming in a comprehensive creative manner could change this. Recently OAKLAND P.D. applied for and received a GRANT of $175,000 & had it’s 2nd AUCTION/FUNDRAISOR Sept. 10-26th. If this was done to “promote public safety” & “roadway death prevention” surely with Networking & initiative the important matter of limited funding preventing the resolving Hayward’s Missing Children & Adults cases can be addressed in this innovative professional manner.
    9/13/2013..“Oakland Police Foundation Fundraiser Proceeds go to Oakland in order to promote public safety by supporting and PROVIDING CRITICAL RESOURCES for the Oakland Police Department … Auction items include exotic vacation getaways, adrenaline packed acrobatic airplane rides, luxury yachting on San Francisco Bay, jewelry and much more.! https://www.facebook.com/TheFoundationofSafety
    “November 21, 2013 --Oakland, CA -The Oakland Police Department has RECEIVED A GRANT of $175,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. http://article.wn.com/view/2013/11/26/Oakland_Police_Department_Receives_Grant_For_Special_Traffic/#/related_news

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    1. Many police agencies have been having financial difficulties. However, the Oakland Police Department is not one of the investigating agencies on Michaela's case.

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  10. It's sad that the resources are not there for a SOLVABLE case. It could be a huge PR win if they were to solve this case, and yet after all these years it's really a black eye. And I Dont think Hayward can really afford to have anymore of a black eye.
    Very sad.
    -Rod R.

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  11. When I was a child I grew up on a farm in a small community. Although an only child, I had a happy childhood. Loving parents, pets and lot of room to run and play. I was home schooled and learned to drive much younger than most kids by learning to drive the farm equipment along side my dad. When I was 23 I married by boyfriend of three years, with in a year we had two children, twins. My dad died when I was 25, my mom died when I was 35. The year following my mom's death I had the task of cleaning out my parents home and placing their farm for sale. In my parents home office I found a folder with several newspaper clips of a missing child from a different state from which I had grown up. It was a folder as thick as your yellow pages regarding this missing child. At first I thought it was odd, and was a little shock. Then I had a sense of dread and fear. Things about my own childhood I had always questioned growing up flooded my memory. The fact my parents never had any baby pictures of me, and the ones they had started when I was about 9 months old. I looked extremely different than both my parents. When I got my learner permit as a teenager, I didn't have any form of identification with me, not even a birth certificate. My dad simply went with me. The clerk only asked me my parents name, date of birth and address. (This was back in the 80's. It wasn't like today when you go to official government agencies. It was a different area in time, especially in rural country area where everyone seemed to literally know everyone business right down to when they went to the bathroom!) After much thought and conversation with my husband, I took the folder of information and made an appointment to speak with my pastor at church. He tried to calm my fears. He proceeded to tell me that the loss of a parent can sometimes be to much even for an adult child and my mind "running away" with the idea of being a kidnapped child was my way of dealing or not dealing with the loss of my own mother. He tried to dismiss the folder of info I had found in my parents office as my mother/parents for some reason had a concern for missing CHILDREN. I went to my local police department. Detective I spoke was extremely nice & soft spoken. Three weeks passed & I still had not heard from him! When I called he informed me it was still an open case however it was considered a cold case! He apologized for not following up with me, since it was an active case with any new leads, he didn't see the need to follow up with me. My husband & I ended up hiring a lawyer to look into the matter. Long story short I turned out to be the child who had been kidnapped in a stranger abduction kidnapping as an infant. I can NOT count the number web sites dedicated to a missing child I have seen that is explaining to that missing child how to "turn themselves" in to get help. It honestly breaks my heart because it is NEVER that simple!! My real parents are much like Sharon. They never gave up hope and had full faith in the police dept in charge with my case as well as other agencies in charge of my case. My parents had those agencies backs 110$%. My real parents NEVER imagined ANY police department would turn me away if I should have happened to had walked into one. Sadly enough I got turned away by my church minister, as well as the deacon, and two police departments!! Then had to spend $250,00 hiring a lawyer as well as paying for medical bills such as DNA test!! No kidnapped person should ever have to go through that!! Yet had I LISTENED to the pastor, and police department and simply said "oh well, my parents just had an interest in missing children." I would still be a missing person and my parents would STILL be sitting here looking for me just like Sharon is looking for Michalea. That is appalling and 100% unacceptable in today's world!
    Sharon I honestly hope something in this world changes so not only you, but ALL parents can find their missing loved ones!!

    Sincerely,
    Mom in Montana

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    1. Honestly, I cannot even find the words to describe how I felt reading your story. OUTRAGED seems to come close. That is really and truly unbelievable. Did you try calling the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children? They rake in lots of cash, so I would hope that they would be helpful. I am glad you persevered and have been able to be reunited with your parents. I can't imagine how delighted they were on that day. They woke up, just like on every other day, only on that day their lives were about to change.

      Wishing you all the best.

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    2. Hi Sharon,
      I'm defending the people who raised me. What they did was wrong not to mention illegal. If "you" set a side that fact I was kidnapped, I had a normal happy childhood. My "parents" were loving people. I grew up in a stable home with friends, family, pets and did all the same things as normal kids. I wasn't sexual molested or abused. Other than being taken before the age of 12 months, my childhood was quite normal growing up. Police stations, therapist, ministers, again I'm defending anyone, those place I now understand get thousands of people ranging from normal to mentally ill claiming they are or their neighbor is the kidnapped child on the milk carton or the kidnapper who took the person on the milk carton. Those agencies & people who work there get so many "quacks" or seemingly normal people playing "Dick Tracy." I think they simply don't know when & which ones to take seriously. I think when I went all they saw was a married, PTA, soccer mom in the police station, who had a *normal* childhood, they just blew me off as stay at home mom with to much time on her hands who was watching to much "Columbo." After my experience with this, I've meet a number of people who have given tips to different agencies regarding various crimes and the person was never taken seriously. One of the women at a support group I attend, she went to a police station make in 2009 to give a tip on a missing child, police didn't take her seriously. The child was found dead the following here, in 2010! Is unreal to me this kind of stuff goes on in America in 2013!! I pray for the day Michaela gets to be reunited with you and the rest of her family! Don't give up, Sharon, stand on the roof with a flash light and scream into the night if you have to. :) Mom in Montana

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    3. It does no good to stand on the roof with a flashlight and scream if no one will listen. As you said, you had so good life and had the strength to persevere. Other victims don't. Steven Stayner tried to tell several people he had been kidnapped, including a telephone operator and the principal at his school. They didn't listen and he was an abused little boy and didn't have that strength to keep trying. I provide information to Michaela on how to get help, but it will do no good if nobody listens. I

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  12. Mom in Montana - What a compelling story, it raises so many questions. can you read more about your story on the web, or are you "private" (so to speak)?

    I wish you all the best <3

    Best regards Gs

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  13. Personally I don't think Mom in Montana's particular case raises so many questions. In all honesty, her case seems painfully NORMAL in America when it comes to missing children who have been found! If you look at the big picture of ALL missing people who have been found, from Steven Stayner to Jaycee Dugard and EVERYONE in between, that is what raises so many questions. The 'system' in America is quite frankly BROKEN when it comes to missing people, weather it comes to finding them, listening to them or doing much about it. How many times & people did Steven tell? Nobody listened or believed him. How many times did the cops show up at the compound Jacyee was at?!?! Is it really that big of a surprise that nobody would believe it when a normal, healthy, happily married PTA mom says "I think I was kidnapped" 35 years ago as a baby. It's horrible that happen, however really no big surprise it happen give the number of times this or similar things that have happen when a missing/kidnapped person has been found. Especially if she grew up in a normal home life minus that one detail? Although I am outraged these things happen in America. Flip side of that coin, I am also old enough, educated enough to understand why law enforcement/churches might want to think mom in Montana was just a grief stricken adult women, mom and mother coping to deal with the loss of her own parents.

    Mom in Montana stated she found newspaper clippings about her own kidnapping & that she was 35 when she found them. Kidnapping that took place that long ago, usually very little if any info is found on the web about it. Usually it's only the reunion story if that that can be found. Given what she went through, I doubt you'll find anything unless she made it a point of going public or sued. I think given the fact she left her comment anonymously and signed in mom in Montana is enough to tell people she wants to be left alone & maintain her privacy. That she also has enough respect for Michaela and Sharon that she doesn't want attention directed off Michaela's site on to one about her and her own life.

    Sharon I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year.

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  14. Sharon, I've been following your story for awhile. One thing that I've noticed is that so many long term missing people have been found recently. I'm praying and hoping with you that Michaela is next.

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  15. Sharon, I’m thinking of the horrible time you went through waiting for the bone fragment ID with the Speed Freak Killer nightmare situation. You were but one agonizing voice heard in a symphony of collective long term grief.
    This is one of numerous news links verifying the SPEED FREAKER’s 70 plus victim count :*( Plus the indication of a 3rd team criminal still roaming free!
    . I have become sensitive to heartbreaking views of what missing families go through because of this blog. With dread I wonder :How many more innocent have gone missing since only arresting the two?. & HOW can it be known with certainty that adults were their only target for criminal activity when the remaining deceased well victims & others have not been located?
    I find it difficult to comprehend: WHY has the heartbreaking missing case resolution only been granted to a handful of Speed Freaker's victim families? The hard earned taxes of every working citizen are contributing to the generous salaries of people in positions to help. With sadness I wonder: Is it going to remain a dismal reality that CITIZENS PAY BUT HAVE NO SAY???? http://www.cbsnews.com/news/speed-freak-killer-wesley-shermantine-sends-new-letter-claims-he-knows-of-more-than-70-murder-victims-over-70-murder-victims/

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    1. The article is very old, you know. The problem is that you really can't believe what Shermantine says. He may be telling the truth, or he may just be looking for attention, or better yet, field trips. But it is kind of a mystery to me what is going on in the investigation. I heard the FBI was taking it over and they were going to do everything that San Joaquin County should have done, but as far as I have heard they haven't.

      It does all get very frustrating I have to tell you. I am simmering and stewing here, trying to figure out how to handle all this. But I can tell you one thing, I have decided I am not opposed to lawsuits after all. It is not okay to allow the ball to be dropped at my daughter's expense.

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