California authorities say a convicted sex-offender has admitted kidnapping an 11-year-old girl in 1991 and keeping her captive in a backyard compound.
Jaycee Lee Dugard was snatched from her school bus stop. Law enforcement officials say she spent the next 18 years in complete isolation. She was also forced to have two children by her captor. The children, two girls aged 11 and 15, have never been to school or a doctor.
Dugard is said to be in good health, but a law enforcement official said "living in a backyard for the past 18 years" has taken its toll. Dugard has been reunited with her mother.
Convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido is being held for investigation of various kidnapping and sex charges. He and his wife, Nancy Garrido, were arrested when they showed up at a parole office with Dugard and the children.
Sheriff's officials say they believe they've found a woman alive after she was kidnapped as an 11-year-old in 1991 outside her South Lake Tahoe home.
Lt. Les Lovell of the El Dorado Sheriff's Department says a woman came into the Concord police station and said she was Jaycee Lee Dugard, the victim of a 1991 abduction.
Lovell says deputies are 99 percent sure it's Dugard. He says DNA tests were being conducted.
Witnesses reported that a vehicle with two people drove up to Dugard and abducted her while her stepfather was watching.
Lovell says two people have been taken into custody.
The sheriff's department has scheduled a news conference to discuss the case later Thursday.
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