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Jaycee Dugard breaks silence, saying she's beginning recovery [Updated]

October 14, 2009 |  6:50 am

In her first interview, Jaycee Dugard said she's grateful she is out of captivity and that she's glad to be reunited with her family.

"I am so happy to be back with my family, nothing is more important than the unconditional love and support I have from them," she told People magazine, which published the first photos of Dugard since she was rescued.

Phillip Garrido is charged with kidnapping Dugard outside her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991, when she was 11.

She resurfaced this summer along with two daughters allegedly fathered by Garrido.

Until now, Dugard has remained in seclusion, reconnecting with family.

"She has such a deep appreciation for this new life that she's embarking on," Dugard family spokesman Erika Price Schulte told ABC News this morning.

People reports that Dugard "rides horses, cooks meals and is thinking of collaborating on a book."

[Updated at 7:12 a.m.: The magazine cover quotes Dugard as saying "I am so happy to be back."

But it's unclear exactly how much Dugard herself participated in the article. According to NBC News, the story was based largely on interviews with people close to Dugard -- and not Dugard herself.

According to NBC, Dugard is living in Northern California.

"The 10-page article is accompanied by many pictures of Dugard and her mother. Dugard’s daughters are shown only from the back." the network reported. Asked by NBC whether People paid for the photos, managing editor Larry Hackett said: “We have bought photographs in the past. I don’t want to go into the details."]

-- Shelby Grad

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