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Aunt of recovered kidnapping victim says this is 'a joyful time for family'

September 3, 2009 | 10:57 am

Tina Dugard, the aunt of recovered kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard, said at a news conference today that “this is a joyful time for my family” now that the family has been reunited after 18 years.

Dugard said Jaycee, who was kidnapped when she was 11 in 1991, remembered all of her family and that she and her two daughters, ages 15 and 11, are spending time with their mother, Terry Probyn, in a secluded location. She said that Jaycee had done “a truly amazing job” of educating her daughters with limited resources.

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

Jaycee bore Garrido two daughters while being held for 18 years in a warren of sheds and tents in his Antioch backyard.

Tina Dugard thanked law enforcement officers for their work since Garrido’s arrest. She also warned that there were some unauthorized organizations soliciting money on the family’s behalf.

She said the family would have no further comment at this time.

In an interview with the Orange County Register, Tina Dugard spoke of Jaycee and her children. "It's clear they've been on the Internet and know a lot of things," Dugard said. "It's clear that Jaycee did a great job with the limited resources she had and her limited education."

-- Carlos Lozano