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A convicted murderer was charged with the kidnapping and murder of a 9-year-old girl who disappeared from a California supermarket more than three decades ago.
David Misch, 59, was charged Tuesday morning with murder and kidnapping in the unsolved case of the disappearance of Michaela Joy Garecht, who was abducted outside a Hayward supermarket days before Thanksgiving. 1988, prosecutors said Monday.
“This crime shocked not only the local community, but the entire Bay Area and the nation,” Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said in a statement. “I hope today’s action and announcement bring some comfort to Michaela’s family as they know that justice will prevail 32 years after this horrific crime.”
Misch, currently incarcerated for the 1989 murder of a woman near Hayward, is believed to have killed two women in Fremont in 1986, O’Malley said.
Michaela’s body was not found, but the footprints on the scooter he was driving at the time of the kidnapping match those of Misch. A witness also saw him at the abduction site on Nov. 19, 1988, O’Malley said.
Michaela and a friend went to a grocery store in Hayward and left their scooters outside while they went shopping. A few minutes later, the youths came out and saw that one of the scooters had been placed behind a parked car. The driver of the vehicle, which authorities suspect is mixed, forced the girl into the front seat and to the left, O’Malley said.
“There are no words that can adequately describe the horror of a kidnapped child,” the prosecutor told reporters at a press conference, KPIX reported. “Especially if the baby or the baby’s remains were never found … they were just babies.”
Misch could be sentenced to death if convicted, the broadcaster said.
Michaela’s mother, Sharon Murch, released a statement Monday saying she “went so far as to accept” that her daughter was no longer alive last year, CNN reported.
“Over the years, I’ve often wondered if I really wanted to know the truth about what happened to Michaela,” Murch said. “I was wondering if I could bear it. Like I told our detective, I’m glad they identified the kidnapper. Glad there are answers. I’m glad this man can never hurt anyone else. “”
Meanwhile, Michaela’s father has said that she hopes Misch will tell authorities what happened to her daughter’s body.
“You have a suspect to question and I hope he coughs wherever the body is,” Rod Garecht, 71, told KPIX on Monday.