OAKLAND, Calif. (KTLA/AP) -- A California man serving time in prison for a 1989 murder has been charged with special-circumstances murder in the disappearance of Michaela Garecht, who was 9 years old when she vanished in November 1988.
Michaela Joy Garecht was last seen on Nov. 19, 1988, wearing jeans rolled over her knees and feather-shaped earrings. More than 32 years later, the 9-year-old girl with blond hair and blue eyes is still missing.
On Nov. 19, 1988, Michaela and her best friend rode their scooters to a market in Hayward to buy a snack days before Thanksgiving. They left their scooters outside, and officials allege that Misch moved a scooter to isolate one of the girls. When Michaela went to retrieve it, he forced her into his car and drove away. The palm print that led to Misch's charges was found on the scooter.