The Criminal Investigations Bureau conducts follow up investigations regarding missing persons reports.
In California, a missing person is someone whose whereabouts is unknown to the reporting party. This includes any child who may have run away, been taken involuntary or may be in need of assistance. It includes a child illegally taken, held or hidden by a parent or non-parent family member (See California Penal Code Sections 277-280).
There is NO waiting period for reporting a person missing. All California police and sheriffs' departments must accept any report, including a report by telephone, of a missing person, including runaways, without delay and will give priority to the handling of the report.
Below you will find a list of unsolved missing person cases from the City of Hayward.
On November 19, 1988, Michaela Joy Garecht was abducted while trying to retrieve her scooter from the parking lot of the Rainbow Market on Mission Boulevard in Hayward, California.
In December 2020, David Emery Misch was arrested for the murder of Michaela with a special circumstance of kidnapping through the match of evidence from the crime scene. Michaela has not been located.
Last seen wearing: black/brown leather coat, black boots, blue slacks, red, white, and blue pinstriped tunic, and a bluish-gold scarf.
Chris was last seen on January 18, 1971 in Hayward, California. The car that she was driving was found with the doors locked at a car wash. Articles from inside the car were found on the pavement outside the car. Foul-play is suspected.