Would knowing be better than hoping?
Those sentiments tore at family and friend of Michaela Garecht who held their 24th vigil on the anniversary of her disappearance Monday.
This year they were torn between hope that she lives and the desire to know whether a bone fragment found this year is evidence of her death.
"I have always remembered Michaela as missing," 27-year-old Elizabeth Garecht told The Hayward Daily Review. "Usually we talk about holding out the hope that Michaela would be found. I'm not sure how to feel."
That well is thought to hold the remains of victims of the “Speed Freak Killers,” two men convicted of killing four people during a 15-year murder spree -- and perhaps responsible for other deaths.
In a blog entry dedicated to her missing daughter, Sharon Murch wrote:
"There are no words really to express my feelings. But above and beyond everything what I want is for you to know that I love you. I loved you before, I loved you after. For all the sorrow and pain I have had as a result of losing you, I would never have given up the vast joy of loving you, always and forever."