Crime

Kidnapped Calif. Girl, Jaycee Lee Dugard, Found 18 Years Later

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A bizarre story out of Northern California, where a girl kidnapped 18 years ago has been found alive -- living in her alleged captors' secret backyard.

Phillip Garrido, a convicted rapist, and his wife Nancy, were arrested Wednesday night in connection with the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard, now 29. Dugard is believed to have given birth to two of Dugard's children while held captive.

The story began on June 10, 1991, when the 11-year-old Jaycee was walking to a bus stop near her home just south of Lake Tahoe. As her stepfather, Carl Probyn, watched in horror from the family home 200 yards away, a car stopped in front of Jaycee, and swept her inside. Probyn jumped on a bicycle and gave chase, but the car sped away.

"It was just total shock," he told the Los Angeles Times. "It happened in about 30 seconds."

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Despite a massive search and being featured on "America's Most Wanted." Jaycee was not found. But on Tuesday, after 18 years, police finally caught a break. Garrido was seen with two small children near UC Berkeley. After an encounter with campus police, he was reported to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said Scott Kernan, undersecretary of adult operations with the department.

On Wednesday, Garrido was taken in for questioning at the department's parole office. He was accompanied by two children and two women, later identified as his wife, and Jaycee.

After being questioned by parole officers, Garrido revealed that he had kidnapped a female, now an adult, who was later identified as Jaycee.

Officers descended on Garrido's house in Antioch, northeast of Oakland, and found a hidden backyard, complete with tents, sheds and outhouses where Jaycee and her two daughters spent most of their lives.

Jaycee was quickly put in contact with her mother, Terry Probyn. "They have discussed things that only the two of them would know," said Lt. Les Lovell of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department. "We are about 99% sure the woman is her."

Garrido was paroled from a Nevada state prison in 1999. He has served time in federal custody and in Nevada for sexual assault, rape and kidnapping.

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