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DNA leads to arrest of possible serial killer in Michaela Garecht cold case

Representatives from the Hayward Police Department, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI issued a joint statement Monday to announce an arrest and charges in the 1988 abduction of Michaela Joy Garecht.

Garecht was 9 years old when she was kidnapped from the parking lot of a store on Mission Boulevard in Hayward on Nov. 19, 1988. She was just blocks from her home at the time.

A DNA match in the decades-old cold case led to David Emery Misch, 59, who has since been arrested and charged with the abduction and a special circumstance for allegedly killing Garecht.

In just March of 2018, DNA also led Fremont police to Misch in connection with the brutal 1986 Fremont murders of Michelle Xavier, 18, and Jennifer Duey, 20. The suspect was then already serving an 18-year-to-life sentence for a 1989 Hayward murder conviction.

The trial in the Xavier and Duey murder case has been delayed several times over the course of the past two years. Misch would be considered a serial killer if he is convicted of all three murders pending murder charges.

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