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Dugard’s mother says suspicions are cleared up

Jenifer Ragland

The mother of Jaycee Lee Dugard said Tuesday’s investigation of her former home cleared up any suspicion that the family was involved in the girl’s 1991 kidnapping.

“It doesn’t bother me – I’m used to it,” Terry Dugard said Wednesday after giving interviews to two different television news stations. “We never had any doubt that the family had nothing to do with it, but some people in town expressed concern that somehow the family was involved.”

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department investigators found nothing Tuesday when they visited the Dugard’s former home. Officers said the investigation was not spawned by any new leads, but was just a standard re-evaluation of an open case.

Carl Dugard, Jaycee’s stepfather who is no longer married to Terry, said he has already heard negative comments from people as a result of Tuesday’s investigation.

“There is about 1 percent of Tahoe who thinks we had something to do with (the kidnapping), and this just gives them fuel for the fire,” he said.

Meanwhile, Terry Dugard said she has not given up hope that authorities will solve the mystery of her daughter’s abduction.

“There’s an answer out there, and I have as much hope as I did four years ago,” she said. “It’s hard to move on with life when you are still stuck in the past, but I am bound to this town until I find an answer.”

One positive aspect of putting the case back in the limelight is that it brings public attention to Jaycee, Dugard said.

For the six-year anniversary of the kidnapping on June 10, Dugard said she is working on a program in conjunction with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department to help empower children.

“It’s so they can help themselves to not be caught in a situation,” she said. “I feel I need to do something for the community and stop this rage of child abduction.”

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