Jaycee Dugard: Woman Kidnapped 18 Years Ago Surfaces

August 27, 2009

Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped 18 years ago in California when she was an 11-year-old girl. She has finally been found after being kept in a secret shed behind a sex offender’s house. Read more and see photos and video here.


Authorities say registered sex offender Phillip Garrido kidnapped Jaycee Lee within sight of her step-father back in 1991 while she was walking to her bus stop. The man reportedly kept her in a shed in his back yard, and eventually fathered two of her children. Police held a press conference today to announce their findings.

He had only been on parole for three years when the abduction took place, having just been released from prison in 1988.

The situation came to light when police stopped Garrido on campus at the University of California at Berkeley. He only provided police with a first name for Jaycee, calling her Alissa. Later, while being questioned by a parole officer, he reportedly admitted to the kidnapping, and that the children were his.

DNA evidence confirmed that the 29-year-old woman in the car with Garrido was in fact Jaycee Lee Dugard. Garrido and his wife are now charged with kidnapping, and conspiracy, and are being held on $1 million bail.

After hearing news that she had been found, her father Carl said:

“I gave up hope for 18 years, just went into recovery mode. I thought it would be nice just to recover her and capture the people and find out why they did this. Now, I just won the lotto. It’s just unbelievable. This is going to be a great day today.”

See more photos and video below.

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