David Emery Misch Biography, David Emery Misch Wiki
An arrest has been made in the 1988 cold case murder of a 9-year-old girl that has been featured on series including “Unsolved Mysteries.” David Emery Misch, 59, was charged Monday, December 21, 2020 in the 32-year-old case of Michaela Garecht, according to the FBI and local law enforcement agencies.
Garecht was abducted in the parking lot of Rainbow Market in Hayward, California, on the morning of November 19, 1988, according to the FBI. While her daughter was at the market, she was abducted while trying to pick up a friend’s scooter, which she approached her suspicious car. Police forces said the suspect pulled him into his vehicle when he approached.
#BREAKING: #FBI joins @HaywardPD and @AlamedaCountyDA as they announce criminal charges against David Emery Misch, 59, for the murder of Michaela Garecht. https://t.co/3GeE3VEOLx pic.twitter.com/3gYnr6VUHe
— FBI SanFrancisco (@FBISanFrancisco) December 21, 2020
“There have been days with no apparent sense of progress or solution,” Hayward Chief of Police Toney Chaplin said at a press conference. “… This is not another of those days.
Misch has already been charged with three murders, in addition to Garecht’s death. In 2018, he was charged with the kidnapping and murder of 18-year-old Michelle Xavier and 20-year-old Jennifer Ann Duey. The couple, whom SFGate described as “best friends,” were stabbed and found shot in the shoulder of a road in Fremont. By a motorcycle passerby in 1986, California. They were killed while leaving a family gathering in 1986.
This cold case was re-examined by Fremont police detectives in 2016, and there was also test evidence for DNA. Misch was the primary suspect in the case.
Misch has been imprisoned for nearly thirty years. He was convicted of a separate murder in Alameda County, California, in 1990, according to SFGate. He was incarcerated in the Santa Rita Prison in Alameda County and has been denied parole multiple times.
— HaywardPD (@HaywardPD) December 21, 2020
Michaela Garecht’s body was never found. More than thirty years after his disappearance, researchers hope they will be able to find his remains.
“Much of this will depend on what information we can learn from the person we are detaining,” Chaplin said at a press conference.
Misch has been identified as a temporary person by the Hayward Police. Hayward police inspector Robert Purnell said he has ties to the area and that he occasionally “goes in and out of Hayward hotels”.