NEW INFO: Woman Kidnapped 18 Years Ago When 11 Now Found

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.



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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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  • by for those that wonder on Aug 28, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    if youre wondering 'why didnt she try to escape?', dont forget that the criminals were adults and she was a child at the time. not only was she probably afraid and not in control of the situation, she is capable of being brainwashed because she was at such an impressionable age. who knows what the criminals told her, and she most likely believed them since she was just a kid. not only this, but even some kids get used to their kidnappers and bond with them. sounds disgusting, but thats what kids are wired to do, even when a warped person gets a hold of them.
  • by Amanda Location: Greenville on Aug 28, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    Me- I was wondering the same thing. I saw the aerial shot of the house and it's not like they lived in a rural area where there were no houses for miles. He must have done a good job of keeping them hidden.
  • by Me Location: NC on Aug 28, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    I am glad she is alive and able to tell her story. What I am wondering is - how could anyone not notice this girl sleeping outside in a tent for 18 years with two children? I am sure noise were made. Even if she was 11 when this happened, I would hope she had some sense in trying to escape. Maybe her story will be known soon. I see a movie out of this. The pervert needs to go back to prison - the wife too - and let the prisoners handle him!
  • by tod Location: 7 springs on Aug 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    this is another illustration of why all child molesters should get the death penalty
  • by Amanda Location: Greenville on Aug 28, 2009 at 09:53 AM
    People like that make me sick. That poor woman and her children are never going to be the same. She had her innocence and childhood stolen from her by a pervert. The fellow prisoners are going to welcome him in their own special way I'm sure.
  • by hank Location: greenville on Aug 28, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    To Betty; I wonder how anyone could even think that 18 years of rape is not hurting her. Her abductors should get death row in solitary confinement for at least 18 years before execution.
  • by Renee Location: Eastern NC on Aug 28, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    Thank God she is back, and her family have a chance to reunite with her. Bless her heart, the torture she must have gone through. I certainly hope that people will give her a chance to heal!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 28, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    Glad she's finally home safe, anyone want bet how the media ruins any shot she may have at recovering something of a normal life? I see movie of the week in her future...
  • by betty Location: cortland on Aug 27, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    Thank God she is home now. There is alot more to be told of this story. I pray they didn't hurt her. Her mom & dad & step dad will be so happy to get her back.
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