“We don’t wish him any harm,” Schmidt said. “We know he probably wants to be reunited with his family. That’s all we want — to be reunited with Erica and lay her to rest.”
Police believe she was hit by a van that Gabriel and others were driving on Glengarry Drive. A grand jury declined to indict Gabriel on charges related to causing Baker’s death, but did indict on the other three charges three days before the statute of limitations expired.
Gabriel gave his first account to investigators in July 1999, in which he said that he and two others, one of them Jan Franks who died of a drug overdose in 2001, had been stealing from the Kettering Meijer store the day Baker disappeared and that “something could have happened” as they fled in Gabriel’s van. From April through December 2004, he made several statements to police, with various shifts. Once, he identified Franks as the van’s driver when the van struck Baker. Another time, he said he was the driver.
— Tom Beyerlein contributed to this story.