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Possible Bones Of Michaela Garecht Discovered, Family waiting on lab results.

Pictured; School photo of Michaela Joy Garecht taken shortly before her disappearance.

Published: 10/11/12 – HAYWARD, CA – The family of Michaela Garecht is awaiting results of lab tests to tell them if a bone fragment found in a Linden well in San Joaquin County belongs to the Hayward girl who went missing 24 years ago.

Hayward police said Thursday morning that a 3-inch bone fragment unearthed with other remains in February was originally sent to an Arizona lab and has been forwarded to a Virginia lab for further analysis.

“We don’t have any definitive answer as to whether this is a bone from Michaela,” Hayward Police Sgt. Eric Krimm said. It will be several weeks before results are available, he added.

Michaela’s mother, Sharon Murch, said Wednesday that she believed the remains are likely those of her daughter,

who was 9 when she was kidnapped outside a Hayward corner store on Nov. 19, 1988.

Krimm said the age of the victim and the time period it was believed to be from were the only two clues linking the bone to Michaela’s disappearance.

Hayward police received the fragment about two weeks ago. It was unearthed in February in a Linden well, which is believed to hold the victims of the so-called “Speed Freak Killers.” The fragment belonged to a child between the ages of 5 and 13, police said, and Hayward officers hand-delivered it to a lab in Arizona “for testing in the possibility it may be that of Michaela.”

It is now at a Virginia lab for more tests, Krimm said Thursday.

The bone fragment was originally delivered to Joan Shelley, the mother of 16-year-old murder victim JoAnn Hobson, after it was excavated from the Linden well earlier this year. The remains were originally identified as those of her daughter, and returned to her family for burial. But rather than bury the remains of her daughter, who vanished in 1985, Shelley sent the them to Dr. Eric Bartelink, director of the California State University, Chico Human Identification Laboratory.

In Bartelink’s report, he states the use of large earth moving equipment led to “significant commingling” of the remains in the well, and that at least two other individuals were mixed in with the Hobson’s remains.

In total, 28 human bone samples were selected for DNA testing, the report states.

Asked why she might send the bones for analysis even though she had been told they were her daughter’s, Krimm said: “I think Ms. Shelley was looking for confirmation and closure.”

The report opens up the possibility that other victims of the “Speed Freak Killers” may have been unidentified. Krimm said Thursday that Hayward police had custody of other bones that were believed to be from other victims.

“The other bones — we have not even (attempted) to figure out who they belong to,” Krimm said. The department was working with the FBI to figure out how to proceed with those remains, he said.

Herzog and Shermantine were convicted of four murders and suspected in the deaths of as many as 15 people in and around San Joaquin County from 1994 to 1998. They were arrested in 1999. The pair were nicknamed “The Speed Freak Killers” because of their methamphetamine addiction. Herzog’s first-degree murder convictions were overturned by an appeals court and he was granted parole, but he committed suicide in January.

Source: Mercurynews (Staff writers Eric Kurhi, Katie Nelson and The Stockton Record contributed to this article. Reach Daniel M. Jimenez at 510-262-2728. Follow him at

Zapata County John Doe Discovered 3-weeks-ago Remains Unidentified

Photo of the Rio Grande River, where John Doe was discovered. The RGR seperates Mexico and Texas  (USA.)

”John Doe” is described as a adult male who was discovered on September 15th, 2012 floating in the Rio Grande River in Zapata County, TX. Due to decomposing/putrefaction Webb County Medical Examiner were unable to identify him or create a composite photo. They were also unable to confirm his eye color but WCME did described the man as having strait black hair, being between the ages of 18-50 years old, standing 5’5” and weighing approximately 145 pounds. Race is Caucasian and ethnicity is listed as Hispanic/Latino. Probable year of death is listed as recent (2012.) Authorities believe he is a possible illegal-immigrant who drowned attempting to cross the Rio Grande River, from Mexico into the United States. He was found wearing white Tommy Hilfiger briefs. It is unknown why he was only wearing briefs and no additional clothing and if he possible had family/friends in the US who could identify him.

Webb County Medical Examiner were unable to obtain finger-prints due to the condition of the body but do have dental records. DNA samples were done at the University of Texas but test not completed. If he is an illegal, then DNA won’t be stored unless John Doe has family members legally living in the United States.

Anyone with any information on this case or who think’s they might now who this man is, please contact: Case Manager: Corinne Stern 956-772-7054