A girl who was snatched off the street 18 years ago has been found and the man-and-wife team that allegedly grabbed her has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and rape, officials said today.
The identity of Jaycee Lee Dugard, now 29, was revealed when she accompanied Phillip Garrido for questioning by his California parole officer. Garrido, a convicted kidnapper and rapist, also was accompanied by his wife Nancy and two young children that Garrido said were his.
Jaycee, who Garrido had renamed Allissa, was reunited with her mother Terry Probyn today, and the mother told ABC News that her daughter had been held against her will all these years and confined in a box in the back of the Garrido’s house.
Kollar said that Jaycee had been held captive at a house in Antioch, Calif., since the day she was abducted and none of their neighbors ever knew.
He described the location as a “hidden back yard” within a larger yard that was arranged in such a way “to isolate the victims from outside contact.”
Entrance to the secret yard was guarded by a 6-foot-tall fence, tall trees and a tarp, he said.
Kollar said Jaycee and the two children lived a series of sheds, including one that was soundproofed and that could only be opened from the outside. In addition, there were two tents in the yard.
“None of the children had ever gone to school, they had never gone to a doctor,” Kollar said. “They were kept in complete isolation.”
When asked about Jaycee’s condition, the undersheriff said, “She is in good health, but living in a backyard for 18 years does take its toll.” (Read more.)
B.S. Report–With the exception of murder, this is about as monstrous an evil as can be committed on a child, and her family for that matter. We don’t have the full details but they are quickly emerging. She was held prisoner and kept in a secluded area in the backyard and used as a sex slave and, apparently, she was the mother of two children by her kidnapper.
All you can say is you’re happy she’s alive but you still wonder what horrors she had to live through for all these years. She left an 11-year-old little girl and she comes back an unschooled 29-year-old mother of two.