FBI offering $10K reward in 1988 abduction of Michaela Garecht in Hayward

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Friday, May 24 is National Missing Children’s Day. 

FBI San Francisco shared the 1988 cold case abduction of Michaela Garecht, who was abducted in 1988 in the East Bay.

Garecht was 9-years-old when she was abducted by an unknown man in the parking lot of the Rainbow Market in Hayward on the morning of Nov. 19, 1988. 

Authorities said she was trying to get her friend’s scooter that the abductor had moved closer to his car while the girls were inside the store when she was grabbed by the suspect and pulled into a car. 

She has not been seen or heard from since. 

At the time of the abduction, the suspect was described as being 18-24-years-old with a slender build. 

He was about 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with dirty blond, shoulder-length hair. He also had a pockmarked or pimpled face. 

He was last seen driving an older model, full-sized, four-door sedan, possibly gold or tan colored, with damage to the front bumper. 

Garecht was last seen wearing a white shirt with the word “Metro” across the front, and pictures of people on the chest area. 

She was wearing denim pants rolled above her knees, black shoes, and wore three-inch pearl or white-colored earrings which resembled feathers. 

Garecht has blonde hair, was 4’8″ at the time of her disappearance, and has blue eyes. 

If you have any information, contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. 

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