I didn't want to let her go, and at first I told her no.  But she begged and begged, and so I gave in, and let her go.  I stood at the door and watched as the girls picked up their scooters from the driveway to leave.  Michaela turned to me.  "I love you, mom," she said.  "I love you, too, Michaela," I told her.

I didn't want to let her go, and at first I told her no. But she begged and begged, and so I gave in, and let her go. I stood at the door and watched as the girls picked up their scooters from the driveway to leave. Michaela turned to me. "I love you, mom," she said. "I love you, too, Michaela," I told her.

Michaela and Trina had left their scooters by the side door of the market while they went in and purchased some candy and sodas and beef jerky.  When they left the market, they started to walk home, completely forgetting that they had ridden the scooters there.  Halfway across the parking lot they remembered, and turned back to get them.

Michaela and Trina had left their scooters by the side door of the market while they went in and purchased some candy and sodas and beef jerky. When they left the market, they started to walk home, completely forgetting that they had ridden the scooters there. Halfway across the parking lot they remembered, and turned back to get them.

It was a sunny Saturday morning, the first day of Thanksgiving vacation, when Michaela and her best friend, Trina, asked if they could go to the neighborhood market to get some candy and sodas.  The market was only two blocks away, but Michaela had only been there a few times, and then only in the company of the teenage girls who lived next door.

It was a sunny Saturday morning, the first day of Thanksgiving vacation, when Michaela and her best friend, Trina, asked if they could go to the neighborhood market to get some candy and sodas. The market was only two blocks away, but Michaela had only been there a few times, and then only in the company of the teenage girls who lived next door.

Those were our last words to each other.  I stood and watched as the girls glided down the driveway and to the end of the block, until they turned out of sight.  I went back inside and started washing the breakfast dishes.

Those were our last words to each other. I stood and watched as the girls glided down the driveway and to the end of the block, until they turned out of sight. I went back inside and started washing the breakfast dishes.

Retired Cop Vows To Crack Sisters Unsolved Murder Case

Retired Cop Vows To Crack Sisters' Unsolved Murder Case

Michaela is the oldest child here. I love this picture. She looks so happy. With Brother Alex and Sister Libby.

Michaela is the oldest child here. I love this picture. She looks so happy. With Brother Alex and Sister Libby.

Good Morning America September 16, 2009  Thank you to Good Morning America for a heartfelt and meaningful interview!

Good Morning America September 16, 2009 Thank you to Good Morning America for a heartfelt and meaningful interview!

Michaela hadn't been gone for long, not long enough for me to worry about her, when I heard shouting out in the street, where Michaela's dad was working on the car in the driveway.  A minute later he stuck his head in the kitchen doorway.  "Somebody snatched Michaela up at the market," he said breathlessly.

Michaela hadn't been gone for long, not long enough for me to worry about her, when I heard shouting out in the street, where Michaela's dad was working on the car in the driveway. A minute later he stuck his head in the kitchen doorway. "Somebody snatched Michaela up at the market," he said breathlessly.

The "Boy in the Box" is the name given to an unidentified murder victim, approximately 4 to 6 years old, whose naked, battered body was found in a cardboard box in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 25, 1957. Despite the huge publicity at the time and sporadic re-interest throughout the years, the case remains unsolved to this day. However, two theories ("The Foster Home" and "'M's' Story") have excited considerable interest among the police and media.

The "Boy in the Box" is the name given to an unidentified murder victim, approximately 4 to 6 years old, whose naked, battered body was found in a cardboard box in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 25, 1957. Despite the huge publicity at the time and sporadic re-interest throughout the years, the case remains unsolved to this day. However, two theories ("The Foster Home" and "'M's' Story") have excited considerable interest among the police and media.

America's Most Wanted Saturday, September 26th America's Most Wanted is scheduled to air a program about Michaela on Saturday, September 26th.  (Check your local listings for station and time.)  AMW had actually scheduled this program well before Jaycee Dugard was found.  There were many who have been working hard on this 20-year old NOT-cold case all along.  Kudos to you!

America's Most Wanted Saturday, September 26th America's Most Wanted is scheduled to air a program about Michaela on Saturday, September 26th. (Check your local listings for station and time.) AMW had actually scheduled this program well before Jaycee Dugard was found. There were many who have been working hard on this 20-year old NOT-cold case all along. Kudos to you!

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