Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 when she was 11 years old. The abduction occurred in a Southern Lake Tahoe neighborhood near the girl’s home. This week the world watched in astonishment as she was finally found after spending 18 years in captivity.
Dugard was held inside a small shed that was well hidden in the backyard of a home in Antioch, California. Her alleged captors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, kept her out of sight so efficiently that no one suspected they had a kidnap victim locked away on their property.
Phillip Garrido fathered 2 girls with Dugard, and they would lead to his eventual capture. The girls, now 11 and 15 years old, accompanied Garrido to the University of California in Berkeley where he was handing out religious pamphlets. Officers on the campus felt he was acting in a suspicious manner towards the girls, and stopped him for questioning.
After running a Background Check, the officers discovered that Phillip Garrido is a Registered Sex Offender still on federal parole for rape and kidnapping. Garrido was brought in for a parole meeting, and Jaycee accompanied him with their daughters. Jaycee identified herself as his wife “Allissa”, but during the meeting Garrido admitted that he had kidnapped her nearly 2 decades ago.
Currently, both Phillip and Nancy Garrido have been arrested and face several charges, including kidnapping with the intent to commit robbery and rape. Dugard was finally able to enjoy a reunion with her family, after so many years apart.
A mother and daughter were reunited, and grandchildren were introduced for the first time. Jaycee Dugard has a difficult period of adjustment ahead – the only home she has known for 18 years was a small shed – but in the end all that really matters is the family is able to continue with their lives together again.
At least one of Phillip Garrido’s neighbors heard children playing in the well concealed backyard area, but no one ever suspected he was hiding a kidnap victim. How well do you know the people who live near you? Sexual offenders could be in your own neighborhood, but luckily there is a way to find out.
Use a Sex Offender Search to learn if anyone around you has been convicted of a sexual crime, or choose a Membership to get all the information you need about anyone. Knowing who lives close to you will help you protect your family and loved ones. At PeopleFinders, we rejoice and celebrate the return of Jaycee Dugard, and encourage everyone to be safe and well informed.
Read an update about Jaycee Dugard here.