Dublin, Hayward police search Garrido's Antioch home

Authorities investigating any relation to two child abduction cases

Hayward and Dublin police yesterday were searching the home in unincorporated Antioch where Phillip and Nancy Garrido allegedly kept kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard for the past 18 years.

They were looking for a connection between the Garridos and the disappearances of two young girls in the late 1980s, Michaela Garecht and Ilene Misheloff, lieutenants from the two police departments said at a morning news conference held outside the Garrido home.

Michaela was abducted at age 9 from outside the Rainbow Market in Hayward on Nov. 19, 1988; Ilene disappeared from Dublin at age 13 as she walked home from school on Jan. 30, 1989.

Hayward police Lt. Chris Orrey said at the news conference that police have received more than 13,000 leads over the past two decades, but none that have panned out.

"On August 27, along with the rest of the world, we learned about the break in the Jaycee Dugard abduction," Orrey said.

As Hayward investigators heard more about that case, they were struck by the similarities to Michaela's kidnapping.

Those included the victims' ages and physical appearances and the manner of the abductions - Dugard and Michaela were both snatched off public streets in broad daylight, she said.

Orrey also said the description of the car used in Michaela's kidnapping was similar to a vehicle towed from the Garridos' property, and that photos of Garrido resemble a sketch based on a witness description from 1988.

Dublin police also saw similarities between Ilene's disappearance and the Dugard case, and both agencies obtained search warrants for the Garridos' home and a neighboring property.

"For 20 years we have been attempting to determine what happened to Ilene Misheloff," Dublin police Lt. Kurt von Savoye said. "There is no eyewitness who can say with certainty that she was abducted and the physical evidence to date has been limited."

He said a witness did see a car similar to the Garridos' vehicle around the time of the abduction, and that there were other parallels.

Von Savoye also referenced Garridos' criminal history, which includes a prior kidnapping and rape conviction.

"People who commit these offenses tend to be predators and tend to have multiple victims," he said.

He pointed out that Garrido had been released from prison a few months before Ilene's disappearance.

"At this point we cannot say that the Garridos are with certainty suspects in this case but certainly we've been unable to eliminate them as suspects," von Savoye said.

Michaela's mother, Sharon Murch, said Tuesday morning she planned to go to the Garrido home today with her 24-year-old daughter and 15-year-old daughter to support police.

"I know that they're conducting a very thorough search today," she said. "They're out there searching the property with an eye to Michaela's case and I guarantee they're not going to leave any stone unturned."

Murch has recorded the emotional years since Michaela's disappearance on the Web site

Hayward and Dublin police said the search could take days. The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and the FBI are assisting.

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:25 am

During this time a little girl was walking home from Foothill HS and was found murdered in a field. I believe her name was Tina Feliz. Was that murder ever solved? Could this be related? Are the Pleasnton Police Department looking into this?

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Posted by Upset
a resident of Foothill High School
on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:31 am

Tina Faelz's murder has never been solved. I believe she was found in a tunnel/shortcut that went under freeway, since blocked off. A terrible tragedy. And then there was the monster and his girlfriend who abducted the young woman from Pleasanton and killed her up in Tahoe, throwing her body out of their van. Such sickness and evil are difficult for us to comprehend. Once caught, they should never be allowed to see the light of day again. Such terrible suffering for the victims and their families.

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Posted by Censored
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 16, 2009 at 11:59 am

BUT, what about our constitution? Thank the founding geezers!

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Posted by LK
a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 18, 2009 at 10:37 am

Until there is a definite way to reabilitate sex offenders, they should not be released.
There is no way innocents should be subject to them. Once the commit these crimes, they should lose the privildge of being free.

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Posted by KL
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 18, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Lk, I agree with you 100%. No child innocent should ever experience the tragety of being taken away from their families. Those who commit such crimes should be locked up and never see the light of day again! I have no compassion for sex affenders, abductors, or kidnappers. Such people are a disgrace to humanity.

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Posted by Annon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Neither do Liberal I...

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Posted by DL
a resident of Danville
on Sep 18, 2009 at 10:54 pm

I'm old school when it comes to these sickos. Anyone that's 100% proven of molesting a child should be castrated. Any sicko that's 100% proven of murdering someone (DNA technology is superb), should be executed, quick judgment with out wasting all the damn money on attorneys, court cost. That would scare the living hell out of anyone in our society from ever thinking of doing the same.

One reason Japan has very little percentage of that going on, is due to having zero tolerance with such acts of crime. Our prisons are already way over crowded, they're taking about releasing over 40,000 prisoners, due to how much it cost to keep the heavy load of people in our prisons, and billions of dollars spent.

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