There’s only so much the police can do to find missing people. In the best case scenario, clues are left behind, helping the police piece together the puzzle and solve the mystery. It’s also vital they start searching within the first 72 hours. After that window closes, it’s much more difficult to find a missing person. The leads usually turn into dead ends and the trail eventually goes cold. Without anything to go on, the best the FBI and the police can do is keep the file open and hope something comes up that helps. As you can imagine, this is not only aggravating for the missing person’s family, but also for the brave men and women assigned to the case. And, as days turn into weeks which turns into months, those missing people act almost like ghosts, haunting the police.
Michaela Joy Garecht
On the morning of November 19th, 1988, this young girl was last seen at a Rainbow Market in Hayward, California. She tried to get her friend’s scooter that was moved to a nearby vehicle. The assailant (pictured) then grabbed her and put her in the vehicle and she hasn’t been seen since. The FBI is offering $10,000 for information on her disappearance.
On November 25, 1991, Mark (11) went to go see firefighters put out a small brush fire. His mother went out for errands that caused her to be delayed and get home 40 minutes later than she wanted. By then, Mark had disappeared. Authorities found his tennis shoe and some footprints but otherwise the case ran cold. A man named Thomas Butcavage Jr. became a person of interest in the case but he was never charged.
A Southern California luxury car dealer, this man, 28, was kidnapped after a possible deal went bad. His abductors sent a 2 million dollar ransom to his family in China, but didn’t provide how to pay it. His family is offering a $150,000 reward for information on his abduction. He still hasn’t been found.
On Jun 9th, 1995, this 6-year-old girl was abducted while at an Alma ball park with her mother. She was last seen trying to catch lightning bugs with her friends. Since then, many leads pointed back to her case but nothing substantial came of it.
Moving to the U.S. from Brazil in a student exchange program, Vicentini became unhappy with her situation, living with several other women in one small hotel room. She changed jobs and moved out of the hotel room and was last seen visiting the Adega Bar and Grill at 2:00 a.m. Witnesses claim she left with a 200 pound man, but it’s believed she returned to her residence as many of her personal effects were found there. A few days after her disappearance, a mysterious person called her boss’s cell phone, screaming for help. Neither Vicentini, or the mysterious man she left with, has been found since.