“The kidnap and murder of a child is horrific. The pain to the family and friends is indescribable, especially when their child is not found,” O’Malley mentioned within the launch. “This crime shocked not just the local community, but the entire Bay Area and the nation.
“I hope that as we speak’s motion and announcement will present some consolation to Michaela’s household in understanding that justice will prevail, even after 32 years since this horrible crime.”
Michaela was riding her scooter with a friend and went into the Rainbow Grocery in Hayward to buy some snacks on the Saturday morning before Thanksgiving in 1988. The girls left their scooters outside and when they returned, one of the scooters had been moved behind a car. Michaela went to retrieve it but was grabbed by the driver of the car and forced into the vehicle, the release said.
Michaela has not been seen since, and her remains were never found.
Investigators found a fingerprint on Michaela’s scooter. Thirty years later, they took another look at the evidence in the case. Their fingerprint examiner allegedly linked Misch’s fingerprint to the one on the scooter, according to the release.
Witnesses allegedly placed Misch in the area at the time of the kidnapping, the release said.
Hayward Police Chief Toney Chaplin said Michaela’s disappearance is a tragic story that has gripped the Bay Area for more than three decades.
“As police chief, I need to thank the lads and ladies of this division who labored this case and at all times saved its decision a precedence,” Chaplin said during a news conference Monday. “We hope this announcement will carry Michaela’s household nearer to the peace they deserve for therefore a few years.”
Chaplin said the investigation is ongoing, and they are still determined to locate the child’s remains.
“It’s bittersweet,” he said. “You at all times hope this stuff prove otherwise than they do. But for the household, I feel this can be a level of closure for them.”
O’Malley announced at the same news conference that prosecutors are alleging two special circumstances: Michaela was killed in the course of a kidnapping and Misch has been convicted of a previous murder.
According to O’Malley, Misch has also been convicted of two prior felonies, assault with a deadly weapon in 1982 and commercial burglary just two months before Michaela’s kidnapping.
Mother finally gets answers
“It’s at all times there. It’s an enormous gap within the heart of my life,” Murch said of her daughter’s disappearance. “It’s unattainable to get away from it.”
She started a blog on her daughter’s case and tied yellow ribbons on the tree outside the corner store where Michaela was taken.
But Monday her worst fears have been confirmed.
“In the final yr, I needed to come to a spot of accepting that Michaela was most likely not alive. … What I didn’t envision was my daughter as a useless little one,” Murch said in a statement read by Chief Chaplin during Monday’s news conference.
“I ask that you simply please remember her now. She is not a case, however she is what she’s at all times been, and that may be a vibrant and shining gentle. And in her absence from this earth, it’s as much as us to discover a option to carry her life ahead.”