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Police: Bone may belong to Bay Area girl kidnapped in 1988

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shows Michaela Joy Garecht. Authorities are trying to determine whether a bone fragment found in a Central Valley well where the remains of victims of the so-called “Speed Freak Killers” are thought to be located is that of the 9-year-old Garecht, who was snatched from a store by a man nearly 24 years ago. (AP Photo/ National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, file) NO SALES

HAYWARD — Investigators are trying to determine whether a bone fragment found in a Central Valley well is that of Michaela Garecht, a 9-year-old Hayward girl who was kidnapped nearly 24 years ago, police said Thursday.

The 3-inch piece of bone was among the human remains excavated earlier this year from an old Linden well that's believed to hold victims of a pair of convicted murderers known as the "Speed Freak Killers."

The fragment has been sent to a Virginia lab to undergo DNA testing to see if it belongs to Garecht, said Hayward police Sgt. Eric Krimm. It will be at least several weeks before the test results are available.

Garecht's abduction outside a Hayward grocery store on Nov. 19, 1988, prompted a massive police investigation, and what happened to her has remained a mystery.

"I can only tell you it's a possibility" that the bone belongs to Garecht, Krimm told The Associated Press. "In an investigation of this magnitude, we are going to explore all avenues."


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