A convicted murderer has been arrested in the 1988 cold case of 9-year-old Michaela Gerach, who went missing from a supermarket in Hayward, California more than three years ago.
David Misch, 59, is charged with murder and two special circumstances, including murder during a kidnapping and was convicted for a previous murder, Almada County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced at a news conference Monday. Of.
According to the FBI, the kidnapper kidnapped Michael Garech on November 19, 1988, from the Rainbow Market parking lot in Hayward while trying to retrieve his friend’s scooter. The case was featured in Dateline’s “Cold Case Spotlight” in November 2014.
“Today is about family, community and medicine,” Hayward Police Chief Tony Chaplin said as he announced the arrest at Monday’s press conference.
He described the case as “a tragic story that has held the Bay Area for decades.”
For over 32 years, Michaela was not seen or heard of, and her body has never been found.
The Hayward Police Department, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI worked tirelessly on the case, saying it was a partial palm print of the mismatch found at the scene on Scooty that tied her to Micaela’s disappearance. It was a success earlier this year, he said.
“Kidnapping and killing a child is horrific. The pain is indescribable to family and friends, especially when their child is not found. The crime shook not only the local community, but the entire Gulf region and the nation. “I hope that today’s action and announcement will give Michael’s family some comfort in knowing that there will still be justice 32 years after this horrific crime.”
According to officials, the Brezza kidnapping occurred after the kidnapping of a friend’s scooter at Rainbow Grocery on Mission Boulevard in Huawei and Hayward on the morning of November 19, 1988. He left the scooter when he went inside to buy snacks. When they came out, one of the scooters was taken near the car. The FBI believes that when Michaela went to fetch the scooter, the driver snatched it away.
DA O’Malley said, “The crime shook not only the local community of Hayward and Alameda counties, but the entire Bay Area and nation.” It was so cruel, so ruthless but clearly planned. “
Misham is currently in Alameda County facing other charges for the murders of two women in Fremont in 1986, and currently serving time in state prison for the 1989 murder of another woman in the Hayward area.
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Chaplin said, “We hope this announcement will bring Micheela’s family closer to the peace they have been worth for so many years.” Chaplin concluded the press conference on Monday by reading a statement by Michela’s mother:
“Last year I had to come to the place of accepting that Michaela was no longer alive. But somehow this confession was wrapped up as a drunken, pink cloud, walking on golden streets, dancing on grassy hills, rising among the stars, more than Michaela thought. “I did not imagine my daughter as a dead child. When I heard this news, I realized that this vision of reality appeared and I honestly did not know what to do with it. “
Michela’s mother said that she “feels lost in the dark” but “glad that there are answers.”