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Find Michaela Joy Garecht: Still Missing! (Part 1)

Find Michaela Joy Garecht, Still Missing!

Find Michaela Joy Garecht, still missing!
She was kidnapped in front of witnesses.
She has been missing for long 29 years.
Her loved ones have never given up searching for her.
Neither should we.

Find Michaela Joy Garecht, still missing!

Find Michaela Joy Garecht, still missing! Michaela is missing from Hayward, California. She was last seen on November 19, 1988. Garecht’s case is classified as a non-family abduction. Michaela was born on January 24. At her disappearance, she was nine years old. Her current age is 33 years old. At this time, she was 4’8″ tall and weighed 75 pounds. Michaela Garecht is a Caucasian female. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. Michaela’s nickname is Kayla. Her ears are prominent and both are pierced.

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Michaela’s eyes slant downward a little bit. At the time of her 1988 disappearance, Michaela’s teeth were a little bit mottled. Her hair may darken as she gets older. Possibly, she may have grown tall in adulthood. All her siblings are tall. Michaela’s eyes may now need to be corrected. At her disappearance, Michaela was wearing a white t-shirt. It had “Metro” printed printed on the front and images and images of people were printed into its mid-section. Michaela was wearing denim denim pants rolled above her knees.

At her disappearance, Michaela was also wearing flesh-colored nylon stockings. She was last seen in white anklet socks and black cloth shoes. They had brown plastic soles. Michaela was also wearing three-inch-long pearl or white-colored earrings. The latter would have resembled feathers.

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November 19, 1988, was the day of Michaela’s disappearance. On that day, Michaela and a friend rode their scooters to Rainbow Market. The store was located on Mission Boulevard in Hayward, California. The store was two blocks from Michaela’s home. Michaela noticed that her friend’s scooter had been moved in the parking lot. This happened as the girls left Rainbow Market. When Michaela went to retrieve it, an unidentified Caucasian male grabbed her. Then he forced her into his vehicle.

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Suspect Sketches

Michaela’s friend went inside Rainbow Market to get help. But the abductor successfully escaped with Michaela. Neither has ever been seen again. The abductor is described as between 18 to 24 years old in 1988. The suspect also has what is described as a pockmarked or pimpled face. The abductor is captured in two composite sketches. The original sketch was later revised. The second sketch is shown on the far right in the FBI poster at the top of this page.

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Sketch of Suspect in Michaela Garecht Abduction

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Sketch of Suspect in Michaela Garecht Abduction

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Sketch of Suspect in Michaela Garecht Abduction

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Sketch of Suspect in Michaela Garecht Abduction

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Abductor’s Vehicle

Somehow the image of the vehicle was captured. THe suspect drove a large sedan. It is described as a large older model and an American-made sedan. It may have been a four-door vehicle. It is described as cream, gold, or tan in color. It is believed that the car had had cement splatters on the side. And its lights were described as set into the rear bumper. The front bumper was battered. It appeared that the vehicle was in an accident. It also looked what is described as run-down.

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Suspect? Connected Disappearances?

When last seen, the car was speeding south on Mission Boulevard towards Union City, California. Michaela was inside the car. In the course of time, two suspects were named in Michaela’s abduction. Authorities announced that Timothy Bindner may be connected with Michaela’s disappearance. They also believe that he may be linked with the disappearance of Ilene Misheloff, Tara Cossey, and Amanda Campbell. Bindner insists on his innocence. With success, he sued Amanda’s hometown of Fairfield, California, in 1997. He sued for defamation of character. A photo of Timothy Bindner is found below.

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Timothy Bindner (circa 1990s)

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Suspect’s Criminal History

Timothy Bindner is a married sewage treatment plant worker. Law enforcement became aware of him when he began sending birthday greetings to young girls in the East Bay area. One child’s parents contacted authorities. They handed over a letter that Bindner had written to their daughter. The note was printed backwards and could only be deciphered by holding it up to a mirror. Bindner claimed that the girls were “lonely” and so he composed and sent the notes out of kindness.

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Other Victims

Timothy Bindner also visited Angela Bugay’s gravesite. It is located in Oakmont Cemetery. Angela was a five-year-old who was abducted and murdered in Antioch, California. This was in the year 1983. Bindner was never considered a suspect in her murder. Another man has been arrested in that case. For many years, Bindner was also considered a suspect in the June 1988 disappearance of Amber Swartz-Garcia. She is from Pinole, California. Bindner approached many of the mothers of missing girls from the East Bay area offering his assistance. This included the families of Amber and Michaela.

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More Bindner Probes

Investigators hoped to see if the girls’ cases were connected. So they asked Amber’s mother to keep up a “quasi-friendship” in order to learn more about him. She and authorities agreed that Bindner Bindner appeared to be playing mind games with the victims’ loved ones and the authorities. Many people reportedly theorized that he enjoyed taunting families into thinking that he may be involved in the presumed abductions. Once Bindner was once arrested for harassing two little girls whom he tried to lure them into his van. But the charges were later dropped.

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Bindner Obsession with Children

Timothy Bindner often drove around in a light blue Dodge van. It had a license plate that said “Lov You.”Many pictures of children wallpapered the insides of his van. Bindner refers to himself at a “good Samaritan.”
Linda Golston was a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. Bindner asked her to interview him at Oakmont Cemetery at 4:30 A.M. He played his favorite song on her car stereo, “Jesus, Here’s Another Child to Hold.” Bindner told Goldston that he thought of the missing girls as “his children.”

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Linda Golston asked Timothy Bindner how he believed the abductions he was being quested about, happened. He said that one child was submissive. But another fought back against her attacker. Bindner added that he was “guessing” about how the girls reacted. He wrote a letter to a police agency in the late 1980s. He stated that he believed the next girl would be abducted from the area. And he stated that she’d be nine years old. Michaela disappeared shortly thereafter, and she was nine years old.

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Michaela Garecht has been missing for 29 long years. These are years in which her family have had no answers. After all these years, there are few clues as to what happened to Michaela. Investigators seemed to have done all that is reasonably possible, to find Michaela. In cases like hers, it is likely that a crime is being covered up. Someone is not talking. The family of Michaela Garecht deserve answers at last. Do you have any information about the whereabouts of Michaela Joy Garecht? Know about the suspect pictured in the composite sketches? Multiple options for contacting authorities are found below.

Do you have information about the current whereabouts of Michaela Joy Garecht? Do you know about any of the suspects shown in the sketches? Do you know anything about the vehicle used to abduct Michaela? If you have any information, please contact the Hayward Police Department. Call them at: (510) 293-7272. Or you can contact the FBI. Multiple options are found below.They are offering a reward of $10,000 leading to solving Michaela’s abduction.

You can contact the FBI tip line at: 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324)

You can submit a tip to the FBI online. Click here to do so.

You can locate and contact your local FBI office. Click here to locate your local FBI office.

Michaela’s story and case have been believed to be connected to so many other cases. With all the information available, her story is being told in two parts. Part Two will continue her story.Read the rest of Michaela’s story here.

The top photo and additional information are provided courtesy of Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This is a Facebook page that Michaela’s mom has set up for her. Use Facebook? Consider clicking to “like” this page.

Muchaela’s mom has created a blog for her years ago. Dear Michaela

Michaela’s mom has been fighting cancer for months now. She has created a blog to chronicle her journey. Click here and learn more.

The above information and images can be found on Michaela’s Charley Project page. I have adapted and remixed it. And it is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 2.0 License


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