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Sex offender's neighborhood searched as woman kidnapped 18 years ago emerges [Updated]

FBI A 29-year-old woman abducted from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., as a child 18 years ago has been found, and a man and woman have been arrested in connection with the case, authorities said today.

Dugard2 After speaking with police hours earlier on an unrelated matter, Jaycee Dugard walked into the office of the Concord, Calif., Police Department on Wednesday, about 200 miles from where she was abducted, Lt. Les Lovell of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department told The Times.

[Updated, 12:30 p.m.: Authorities arrested Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, and his wife, Nancy Garrido of Antioch on Wednesday night in connection with the case, said Jimmy Lee, spokesperson for the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department.  

Garrido, 58, is listed on the state's Megan's Law sex offender website as being convicted of rape.

Concord police officers first encountered Dugard at a nearby house on Wednesday while they were conducting a separate investigation, Lovell said. Police began to question the woman and something didn’t add up, he said.
"Based on really good police work, the Concord police smelled a rat," Lovell said. Police continued to press the woman, and she eventually revealed her name was Jaycee Dugard.
Officers asked her to come to the Police Department for further investigation and Dugard cooperated, Lovell said. 

Police are awaiting the results of a DNA test to confirm Dugard's identity, he said. 

Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn, has been in contact with her daughter, Lovell said. "They have discussed things that only the two of them would know," Lovell said. "We are about 99% sure the woman is her."

Lovell was one of he original investigators assigned to the Dugard case. "It's a great feeling that she is alive," he said. "We followed up on hundreds, if not thousands, of leads. And out of the blue, this one came to us yesterday."]

Details about the last 18 years of Dugard's life are still unclear.

Dugard was 11 when she was abducted on June 10, 1991, as she walked to a school bus stop on a quiet cul-de-sac in Meyers, Calif., in El Dorado County, authorities said at the time.

As Dugard's stepfather, Carl Probyn, watched from the family garage 200 yards away, a late-model gray car -- with a man and a second person, believed to be a woman, inside -- stopped abruptly in front of the girl. Jaycee was swept into the sedan, authorities said.

Probyn gave chase on a bicycle but the car sped off. "There was nothing I could do," he recalled.

Despite a massive search, local outrage and being featured on the "America's Most Wanted" television program, Dugard was not found. Investigators were unable to identify a suspect.

[Updated at 12:50 p.m.: Carl Probyn, Dugard's stepfather, was calling friends with the news that his stepdaughter had been found, said Phillip Oster, a close friend of 15 years.

"This is a really big event in his life," Oster said. "A mutual friend called me and said that Carl was crying like a little baby. He was so happy."

Probyn, who owns his own wallpaper company, has been living in Orange. Oster said Probyn left him a message last night, sounding happy but serious about the news.

Oster said Probyn didn't always talk about his stepdaugher's abduction. "He didn't wear it on his sleeve but it was something that dented him," Oster said.]

-- My-Thuan Tran

Photos: An unidentified FBI agent enters a home in Antioch, Calif. The home was being searched by FBI agents and El Dorado County Sheriff's officers and is believed to be connected to the disappearance of Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was abducted outside her Lake Tahoe-area home in 1991; credit: Noah Berger / Associated Press

An undated photo of Jaycee Lee Dugard provided by her stepfather, William Carl Probyn.

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This is great news for her parents - but I wonder what took her so long to come forward - was she tied up in a basement somewhere all this time?

Great news! Nice to once see that miracles do happen.

I live in South Lake Tahoe, and have for most of my life. I was here when this horrible thing happened. It tore up this sleepy little town, and even broke up her family. We all grieved for so long here because nothing like this has never happened here before as far as I can tell. I am pretty sure that her mom moved from Tahoe, but I'd still like to tell her how thankful we all are that she was finally found safe and alive! The long-time locals here will be talking about this for a while. What a great thing it is to have such a happy ending to what started out so terribly.
Welcome home and welcome back.

I believe these people should get the death penalty for this. They have ruined this girl's life. Hope she get help to salvage her life. I say bring hanging back in cases like this.

We remember this kidnapping. We had gone to Tahoe from elsewhere in CA to see Harry Belafonte appearing at a Casino. There were pictures posted all over Tahoe. I looked for her face wherever I went in CA for two years, before we moved from CA. I'm so happy for her and her family!

God help her. I'm sure she's been raped and abused. I'm praying for them all. As for the abductors, nothing less than a public death by stoning would be too humane.

strange... "Police continued to press the woman, and she eventually revealed her name was Jaycee Dugard" ... so why was she hiding it?

One shouldn't give up hope and search until body is found. Good work by police, keep it up. God bless you.

Who says miracles don't happen?

It is too bad there are not death penalties for sex offenders, especially repeat ones.

Thank God. I hope she can recover and live as normal a life from here on as possible

Appropriate punishment?

Life in prison without eligibility for parole.

Their house and all other assets should be liquidated and all the money given to the now 29-year-old woman.

Obviously this doesn't begin to make up for the abuse she suffered and the loss of her teens and 20s, but you can't put a price on that.

I pray the justice system doesn't screw this one up.

OMG, What are the odds of having a missing child turn up, so many years later? Her parents must feel like they are finally emerging from a nightmare, a living hell and that God does hear prayers.

I've always felt that ANY type of sex offender, especially if it involves a minor, should be castrated. Not chemically, but with a dull knife. No anesthetic!!
I hope this girl is going to be OK.

Well, the stepfather must have been a suspect 4 as long as the kidnapping.
I suspect brainwashing and the Stockholm syndrome will b a factor in this case.
Death! to the pair of abductors - pending the jury’s ruling : )
And, how will a jury b found that has not heard the news now unraveling.

good to get some good news . But what does society need to do to rid ourselves of these evil people. most of these kidnaped children are never found and if so dead raped .than a few years the sickos are back on street and back to destory other lives . Why cant federal law step in to excute these kind of sick criminals !!! or if was my child i kill this person !! laws dont protect us we do it ourselves

Kept in a Secret Backyard for 18 yrs? Brainwashed? Has 2 children with this guy? Did anyone else ever see this girl over the years? I feel soooo bad for her.

A registered sex offender with 2 young girls and on parole. I thought that one or the other required regular check-ups by the police and confirmation by the parole officer that he lived where he said he lived. That's a pretty big crack to fall through.

wow I remember when this happened I was only 5 at the time and my parents kept telling everyday what to do when a car got close by or stop or what if a stranger came by and well .... my parents kept making stories up so this wouldn't happen to me and my brother and sister . But am so happy and surprised that she is found up to now I used to think after all these years there is a big chance that person could be dead right now but I guess you can never lose hope in finding a love one :)

Unfortunately the Police and Calif Parole Agents dropped the ball on this case 18 years ago and their ineptness continued throughout the years. Every convicted kidnap suspect within a 100 mile of the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping should have been looked at as prime suspects 18 years ago. And to think Phillip Garrido has been on parole and a registered sex offender during this time and there was never an effective search of his residence and 2 acre compound.

Nothing will happen to the Police for their sloppy investigation or the parole agents for their ineptness and/or lazyness of not properly supervising Garrido and searching his compound over and over throughout the years...

I'm So Happy That She Was Found.Now Comes The Hard Part Living Life Aging & Moving Forward. It Will Take Time & Patince But If Her Family&Her Got Thru The Kidnapped They Can Get Thru This I Wish Them The Best.


I'm So Happy That She Was Found.Now Comes The Hard Part Living Life Aging & Moving Forward. It Will Take Time & Patince But If Her Family&Her Got Thru The Kidnapped They Can Get Thru This I Wish Them The Best.


This is yet another example of how we as a society have failed. How is it possible that we could have all of this happen under our very noses?

WHY, because these days neighbors don't know each other, no one wants to bother, or get into anyone else's "business".
A neighbor said " she used to hear children". How can you live next door a registered sex offender and NOT Know this? If you did know this why if you hear kids voices would you not notify anyone?

What kind of a system do we have when paroles that are registered sex offenders don't get a complete inspection of their homes, yards, cars, etc on a very regular basis?

I think society dropped the ball on this one, shame on people for turning their heads and not wanting to "get involved".

I live in West Palm Beach were the trial is now being taken place in regards to a rape victim and her son. It is to horrible to mention the gruesome details of what this gang of rapists did to her and her son. This crime took place in a housing development where EVERYONE could hear her screams and DID NOTHING.

Shame on mankind for not taking care of their own. Shame on society for allowing this to happen once again.
How many others?

People wake up already, know your neighbors, know their kids, be watchful and mindful. Off or odd things should be closely looked at and inspected. Don't assume that everything is ok. Stop thinking oh, thats none of my business.
With so many kids missing right now, I wonder how many more stories like this one will eventually pop up.

Jaycee can be healed with lots of love. I hope she makes this her life's purpose-that of preventing similar occurences in the world-by telling her story-in a graceful and inspiring way. Hugs to Jaycee, her 2 children and her parents. Reminds me of the story "Left to Tell."

Disgusting sick, sick people, I hope they are put to death, both of them.

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