Police: Dugard’s kidnapper fathered two children, kept her in isolation
August 27, 2009
Authorities painted a grim picture of the life Jaycee Lee Dugard must have lived over the last 18 years, held captive by a sex offender who allegedly fathered two children with her.
El Dorado County Undersheriff Fred Kollar said the 29-year-old woman, who was kidnapped from her South Lake Tahoe bus stop when she was 11, lived in a “hidden backyard within a backyard.”
Dugard and her now 15- and 11-year-old children spent their time isolated in a compound-like arrangement of sheds and tents, he said.
During a press conference in Placerville, Calif., on Wednesday afternoon, police revealed how Dugard was discovered 18 years after her abduction.
Kollar, who choked up when announcing that Dugard had been found alive, said a police officer saw Phillip Garrido, 58, handing out literature at the U.C. Berkeley campus with two young girls on Tuesday.
He said the officer thought the interaction between the man and the girls was suspicious. The officer questioned Garrido, and a background check showed he was on probation for kidnapping and rape convictions in 1971.
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The next day, Kollar said, Garrido checked in with his probation officer, bringing with him his wife, Nancy, 54, and another woman going by the name of Allissa, and two girls.
Allissa was later determined to be Dugard. The two girls are believed to be the children of Dugard and Garrido.
The Garridos were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and conspiracy on Wednesday. They will appear in El Dorado County Superior Court on Friday.
Kollar said that although parole officers had visited the Garridos home, they never discovered the hidden compound.
He said the sheds were no more than 6 feet high and were surrounded by a fence that was covered by shrubbery. He said officers would have had no reason to suspect there was something beyond the shrubs.
Kollar said the two girls have been isolated and never attended school nor visited a doctor.
Witnesses reported seeing vehicle with two people drove up to Dugard and abducted her while her stepfather, Carl Probyn, watched on June 10, 1991.
Probyn said he saw someone reach out and grab her before the car sped away. He said jumped on a bike to chase the van but couldn’t catch it.
Dugan was reunited with her mother on Thursday.
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