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Bone fragment identification

By Sgt. Eric Krimm

Bone fragment not from Michaela Garecht

HAYWARD, Calif. -- On October 11, 2012, Hayward Police Department (PD) took custody of a bone fragment recovered from a well in Linden, CA. An anthropologist at Chico State University evaluated the fragment as possibly that of a child, aged between 5- and 14-years old. Given the age range and the length of time the victim had been buried in the well, the bone fragment might possibly have come from Michaela Garecht who was abducted from the City of Hayward on November 19, 1988.

The California Department of Justice Crime Lab in Richmond, CA, developed a mitochondrial DNA profile from the bone fragment that does not match the known profile of Michaela Garecht but that of a previously identified murder victim, unrelated to a Hayward PD investigation. The identity is being withheld pending notification of the victimís family and the appropriate investigative agency.

Hayward PD will retain custody of the remaining unidentified bones received on October 11, 2012 and will work with other law enforcement agencies to identify the remains. At this time, we do not believe these remaining bones to be that of Michaela Garecht, based on the anthropologistís report previously obtained with the remains.

We are aware of the continuing investigation and excavation of another well in the Linden area. However, there is nothing to suggest Michaela Garechtís remains will be discovered there. The investigation into the abduction of Michaela Garecht is on-going and Hayward PD will continue to pursue all viable leads.

Please contact Inspector K. Atkins at (510) 293-7085 (office), (510) 293-7183 (fax) or with any details that might help solve this case.

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