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Police to search Phillip Garrido's house for links to prostitute slayings

August 28, 2009 |  1:35 pm

Police in Pittsburg, Calif., have obtained a warrant to search Phillip Garrido's house for evidence of possible links to a series of slayings of prostitutes in the 1990s, authorities said today.

Several bodies were found near an industrial site where Garrido allegedly worked, said Capt. Daniel Terry, member of a special investigative unit of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. Pittsburg police want to see if there is any connection between Garrido and the killings of the prostitutes, he said.

Garrido, a 58-year-old registered sex offender, and his wife, Nancy, were arrested Wednesday in the 1991 abduction of Jaycee Lee Dugard and are suspected of holding her captive in the backyard of their Antioch home ever since. Garrido is believed to have fathered two daughters with Dugard, who is now 29. The girls are 11 and 15.

Garrido served time in federal and Nevada prisons from 1977 to 1988 for a kidnapping and sexual assault he committed in November 1976, according to Suzanne Pardee, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Corrections.

Garrido was originally sentenced to 50 years in the case, Pardee said. He entered a federal prison in June, 1977, and was transferred to a Nevada state prison in Carson City in January 1988. He was paroled to California on Aug. 26, 1988.

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