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Parole agents spoke to Jaycee Lee Dugard during her captivity but failed to identify her

July 7, 2010 |  6:48 pm
Authorities spoke to a woman who had been kidnapped and held captive for 18 years by a paroled rapist who fathered her two girls, but failed to determine her identity, according to a state report released Wednesday.

State parole agents spoke to Jaycee Lee Dugard and her eldest daughter during a supervised visit of Phillip Garrido, who was living in Antioch at the time and kept Dugard and the children in a backyard shed, according to the report by the state Department of Justice.

"Agents saw and spoke to Ms. Dugard and her eldest daughter but failed to investigate their identities or their relationship to Garrido," the report said.

The report, dated June 25, provided a legal analysis of the case for state lawmakers before their vote last week to agree to pay a $20-million settlement to Dugard and her family.

State officials have previously acknowledged failures in adequately monitoring Garrido, who was supervised by California parole agents from 1999 until he was arrested in August 2009. But the Department of Justice report offers some of the strongest evidence yet that agents could have identified and rescued Dugard.

Now 30, Dugard was abducted from her South Lake Tahoe neighborhood in 1991 as she headed to school. She was missing until she was discovered living in the ramshackle compound owned by Garrido.

-- Robert J. Lopez