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Bone fragment found in yard of Phillip Garrido's neighbor

August 31, 2009 |  5:20 pm


Authorities found a bone fragment in the yard next to the Antioch home of Phillip Garrido as they continue to investigate whether the man suspected of raping and kidnapping an 11-year-old girl and holding her for 18 years is involved in other unsolved crimes, including a series of prostitutes’ murders in the 1990s.

The bone was found Sunday in the backyard of Damon Robinson, Garrido’s next-door neighbor, said Jimmy Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department. Garrido once lived on the property when he worked as caretaker for the previous owner, he said.

“We are taking that bone back for further examination,” he said. “We don’t know if it’s animal or human.”

Garrido, 58, and his wife, Nancy, 55, were arrested last week and charged in the rape and kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard, now 29. Dugard was abducted as she walked to a bus stop on June 10, 1991, in her South Lake Tahoe neighborhood.

Meanwhile, police from Pittsburg, which borders Antioch, are searching the Garrido home for evidence that Phillip Garrido may have been linked to the series of prostitutes’ murders more than a decade ago. Officers with cadaver dogs are inspecting the properties.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske in Antioch

Photo: A satellite image shows the house and backyard of Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Their house is at left center of frame and the lot extends back through the center of the photo. Credit: Pictometry International