Police have confirmed that the woman who walked into a police station stating she was the missing Jaycee Dugard is indeed the Jaycee Dugard that was kidnapped in 1991 at the age of 11! Read more on captor and sex offender Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy Garrido’s arrest for her kidnapping below.
Jaycee Lee Dugard has been found after being kidnapped 18 years ago at the age of 11. Her stepfather said of Jaycee being found, “It’s like winning the Lotto.”
Jaycee’s stepfather heard his little girl scream as she was abducted 18 years ago says Jaycee has been found alive and well and her two captors are in custody. One of the captors has been identified as 58 year-old Phillip Garrido.
From the Associated Press:
Phillip Garrido, a convicted sex offender and his wife, Nancy Garrido were arrested in the kidnapping.
Jaycee Lee Dugard was reunited with her mother, who was overjoyed to learn the daughter she feared dead was actually alive.
It was not immediately clear how Dugard spent the 18 years since she was abducted as a blond, ponytailed child outside her South Lake Tahoe home.
Police said she recently walked into a Northern California police station with Phillip Garrido, 58, one of her alleged captors. He and his wife Nancy Garrido, 54, were arrested for investigation of kidnapping and conspiracy on Wednesday, police said.
Phillip Garrido is also being held for investigation of rape by force, lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and sexual penetration, said Jimmie Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department.
Phillip Garrido was sentenced to 50 years in prison and served nearly 11 years in Nevada for a federal kidnapping conviction, said Suzanne Pardee, a spokeswoman for Nevada state prisons.
He also served seven months concurrently for a conviction for rape by force or fear at the medium-security Northern Nevada Correctional Center. Pardee said Garrido was paroled in August 1988.
A public records search showed Garrido as president of a company called God’s Desire.
Dugard was in good health when she came into a San Francisco Bay area police station and revealed her name.
“We’re 99 percent sure it’s her,” said sheriff’s Lt. Les Lovell of the El Dorado Sheriff’s Department, who was a detective assigned to help investigate the kidnapping in 1991. DNA tests were being conducted.
California corrections officials said they called in Phillip Garrido for questioning Wednesday after receiving a report that he was seen with two small children at the University of California, Berkeley.
Two children and two adult women accompanied him to the station.
“The diligent questioning and follow-up by the parolee’s agent of record led to Garrido revealing his kidnapping of the adult female,” the department said in a statement. “It was further revealed by Garrido that she was Jaycee Lee Dugard, and that the children were his.”
It was not immediately clear who was the mother of the children.
FBI spokesman Joe Schadler said the woman was reunited with her mother Thursday morning. He declined to provide details.
The suspects were being held in El Dorado County. Jail records showed Nancy Garrido was being held on $4.195 million bail and Phillip Garrido was not eligible for bail because he is a parolee.
A house in the city of Antioch where the Garridos live was cordoned off with police tape as it was searched by FBI agents and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department.
Neighbor Helen Boyer, 78, described the Garridos as nice and friendly and said they cared for Phillip Garrido’s elderly mother.
“If I needed something, they would be the first I would call on,” Boyer said.
Dugard’s stepfather, Carl Probyn, 60, said he was overwhelmed by the news that Dugard was alive. He said for years he had done everything he could to help find her, especially because he knew suspicion had fallen on him.
“It broke my marriage up. I’ve gone through hell, I mean I’m a suspect up until yesterday,” he told The Associated Press at his home in Orange, Calif. “I’m the last person to see her.”
Witnesses reported that a vehicle with two people drove up to Dugard and abducted her while her stepfather watched on June 10, 1991.
Probyn said he saw someone reach out and grab her before the car sped away.
“As soon as I saw the door fly open, the driver’s door, I jumped on my mountain bike and I tried to get to the top of the hill but I had no energy. I rode back down and yelled at my neighbor, 911!” he recalled.
Probyn said his wife, from whom he is separated, was devastated by the kidnapping. He said for 10 years after the crime, she would take a week off work at Christmas and on the anniversary of the abduction and spend the time crying at home.
The case attracted national attention and was featured on TV’s “America’s Most Wanted,” which broadcast a composite drawing of a suspect seen in the car.
Probyn eventually lost hope that he would ever see his stepdaughter alive. He said he was struggling to understand why Dugard didn’t come forward earlier.
“I have a million questions, but I’m just delighted,” he said.
Lovell said investigators have been working the case consistently since the abduction and new leads had surfaced over time.
“You bet it’s a surprise. This is not the normal resolution to a kidnapping,” he said.
From MSNBC news:
A woman claiming to be Jaycee Lee Dugard, now 29, walked into a police station in tiny Antioch, Calif., Wednesday, her stepfather Carl Probyn told ABCNews.com today. Based on conversations his wife has had with police, the FBI and the woman herself, Probyn said the family is convinced Jaycee has been found.
“I had personally given up hope,” he said. “I had just hoped for a recovery” and to find the people responsible.
Instead, he said, “I’ve actually won the lotto.”
Authorities are keeping mum until a press conference at 6 p.m. ET, but Probyn said his stepdaughter had been transferred from Antioch to Concord, a smaller city in the area more than a two hour drive from the South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Neighborhood where Jaycee was snatched on June 10 as she tried to catch the bus to school.
“I saw them pull her in and I tried to get her,” Probyn said.
The kidnapping terrified the community and led to a massive manhunt.
His wife, Terry Probyn, who now lives in Orange County, left for northern California at 6 a.m. today, joining the couple’s 19-year-old daughter who was just a year old when her sister was kidnapped.
“She’s in shock,” Probyn said of his wife. “I told her and my daughter to sit down there and think of questions to ask her.”
Probyn said he doesn’t have any details of what had happened to Jaycee for the last 18 years or who abducted her, but he claims that the FBI told his wife that “they have Jaycee and the people she was with.”
“She sounds like she’s okay,” he said. “She had a conversation with my wife and she remembers things. I hope she’s been well treated this entire 18 years.”
No DNA test has been done to confirm the woman’s claims, but Probyn said his wife told him that she remembers her childhood. Plus, he added, the FBI likely wouldn’t have upset his wife unnecessarily unless they were pretty sure.
FBI Sacramento Special Agent Steve Dupre told ABCNews.com today that he could not confirm any details about the woman, but that “we’ve had an open case since it happened in 1991.”
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, which covers the area where Jaycee was taken, declined to provide further details.
“I’ve gone through hell,” Probyn said, noting that investigators and even members of the extended family looked at him suspiciously for months afterward.
He and his wife, though still legally married, were separated.
Now Probyn just wants to find out who these people are that took his daughter and why.
One of the two people in custody for the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard, Phillip Garrido is a fifty-eight year old man whose last known address is in Contra Costa county in the town of Antioch.
Here is Phillip Garrido’s mugshot photo:
And Garrido’s sex offender registration: (Click photo for larger image)
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