Investigators revisit Jaycee Lee’s home |

Investigators revisit Jaycee Lee’s home

Rob Bhatt

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department investigators on Tuesday revisited Jaycee Lee Dugard’s former home in the continuing investigation of the child’s disappearance nearly six years ago.

A team of detectives spent about three hours digging around the front porch of the Washoan Drive home where the girl and her family once lived.

“We’re going back and trying to put closure on some leads,” said Lt. Fred Kollar, who supervises sheriff’s operations at Lake Tahoe. “Nothing new in regards to the house has surfaced.”

Dugard was reported abducted on the morning of June 10, 1991.

Her stepfather, Carl Probyn, reported that the girl was grabbed by an occupant of a gray sedan about 200 yards up the street from her home as she walked to her school bus stop.

At the time, sheriff’s detectives questioned the stepfather and ruled him out as a suspect.

Dugard’s mother, Terry Probyn, and stepfather are no longer married. The two still reside in the area and share custody of a younger daughter.

Terry Probyn said she had no prior knowledge that investigators would return to the family’s former home Tuesday. But she was not surprised when notified about it from others.

“(Investigators) have hashed and hashed and hashed it over, and that’s what this was,” she said. “It’s not unexpected to me.”

Val Miller, whose family rents Probyn’s former home, said sheriff’s department officials notified her a day earlier that they wanted to dig outside the house on Tuesday.

Her family cooperated.

Miller is a longtime area resident familiar with the Dugard abduction.

“I would like to see (the investigation) resolved for the family,” she said.

The sheriff’s department, in conjunction with the FBI, continues investigating the girl’s disappearance. As long as she is missing, the case will remain open.

Kollar said it is routine for detectives to re-evaluate open investigations and re-examine procedures and leads.

“Sometimes you want to have someone else come back and look at the case and have them satisfy their curiosity,” Kollar added. “The digging is not the result of new information.”

Jaycee Lee Dugard’s 17th birthday is May 3. The sixth anniversary of her abduction is June 10.

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