September 15th, 2009
01:39 PM ET

Two missing girls linked to Garrido investigation

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/YOUR_IMAGE.jpg caption="Other missing girls Ilene Misheloff, left, and Michaela Garecht now linked to Garrido investigation."]


A week before 9-year-old Michaela Garecht was kidnapped in Hayward, California, in 1988, she wrote a poem about people who had been abducted, her mother said.

She sat down at the coffee table and wrote a poem about people behind the doors of steel, an amazing poem for a 9-year-old, ... and a week later she was kidnapped," Michaela's mother, Sharon Murch, said.

"It seems to me ... like it must be some sort of a prophesy or premonition, and I keep hearing the words that she said - 'It's about people who were kidnapped and are being held captive, not people who were kidnapped and were killed.'"

Investigators from two police agencies were searching the home of the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping suspects Tuesday in connection with two other unsolved abductions, authorities said.

Dublin, California, police obtained the search warrant for Phillip and Nancy Garrido's home, along with a neighboring property, in connection with the 1989 disappearance of 13-year-old Ilene Misheloff, police said in a written statement. "Dublin police have been unable to eliminate Phillip and Nancy Garrido as possible suspects in Ilene's disappearance."

In addition, Hayward, California, police obtained a search warrant for the same locations in the 1988 abduction of 9-year-old Michaela Garecht. Both warrants were being executed simultaneously Tuesday, police said.

The Garridos face a combined 29 felony counts in connection with the 1991 kidnapping of Dugard, then 11, from South Lake Tahoe, California. Authorities believe the couple held Dugard in a well-hidden compound behind their Antioch, California, home for 18 years, and have said Phillip Garrido fathered two children with Dugard

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Jaycee Dugard
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  1. Annie Kate

    If Garrido kidnapped, abused, and killed these other girls then why did he not do the same to Jaycee? Also, if he had a practice of kidnapping other girls if he brought them back to his house then isn't there a fair chance that Jaycee might have seen them and could give the police some leads? I'm glad Garrido is off the street and no longer a threat to young girls but how many others like him are still out there just waiting?

    September 15, 2009 at 7:25 pm |