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August 28th, 2009
12:03 PM ET

Jaycee Lee Dugard

Late Wednesday, information emerged that a girl missing since 1991 had been found and a longtime California mystery was solved. What we have learned about Jaycee Lee Dugard in the past two days has been both an unbelievable story of hope for families with missing children and a heartbreaking story of her circumstances while in captivity with her alleged kidnappers. Please share your thoughts on this story and any comments you have for Jaycee Lee Dugard.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips • Tony Harris
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Kay

    I am so glad that she has been found. I pray that she and her family can become a whole family. It will take patience and love and it cannot be forced. Prayers with all.

    August 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  2. Norma Patlan

    It pains me to hear a horrific story like this. My heart goes out to Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don't know how she was able to withstand this painful experience. Right now she needs all the love and support from her family.

    August 28, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  3. Melanie Wilson

    Hey Kyra,
    I went to the site and you get to sign up for a dollar, but read the fine print...they will charge your credit card $29.95 every month unless you call a special number...I believe local authorities supply this information for free

    August 28, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  4. Dee

    There's a LOT that is weird about this story.

    First, when she was abducted and for all the time later her step-father appears to have been under suspicion. How horrible must that have been for him and everyone else.

    Second, today in my local paper an AP story appears about this case. Some of the 'facts' in that story just do not make sense.

    The story says Jaycee was abducted in 1991 at age 11. It also says her two children are ages 11 and 15. That means one was born in approximately 1994 and one born in 1998.

    Now, the story also states that the purported kidnapper was RELEASED from a Nevada prison (paroled) in 1999, and that he had been serving a sentence for his conviction on charges of rape by force or fear, lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor and sexual penetration. I would be interested in learning when the conviction happened (in NEVADA) when this guy lived in Placerville CA. AND, if he was convicted on ALL those charges in Nevada, exactly what was the sentence that he could be paroled in 1999?

    That would HAVE to mean that he was a free man in at LEAST 1998 and depending on the birth month of Jaycee's youngest child, also in 1997. Pregnancy takes nine months, regardless of whether you live in CA or NV. So, HOW could he be paroled in 1999 and at that time have a child that wouldnbe AT THE MOST two years old? Did he serve any time at all? I know that sex offenders often do not get much jail time, but on such charges I would expect him to have been sentenced to at the MINIMUM five years. So, if he was paroled in 1999 and had served even HALF such a sentence. he could not possibly be the father of the youngest child. Not unless he had conjugal wisits with Jaycee!

    My next problem with this story is, in the same news report the neighbors of this kidnapper say he was "friendly" and helpful. Did NONE of the neighbors wonder what was going on in the back yard? Was there total silence from the shed? At all times?

    Another odd thing is, was Jaycee shackled at all times? If not, while I understand that being traumatized might make it difficult for her to just WALK OUT OF THE YARD AND ASK THE NEIGHBORS FOR HELP, for at least part of the time she was supposedly kept prisoner, the guy who supposedly kidnapped her was IN PRISON IN NEVADA!

    Is Jaycee mentally challenged. so that she could not once, in 18 years, figure out that she could simply walk away and get help?

    This story is VERY hard to believe. There is something very fishy about the entire tale.

    August 28, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  5. Melanie Wilson

    Try family it's free !!!

    August 28, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  6. Charles Gabriele Jr

    Thanks for the info on how to find out about sex offenders in our local areas, however, is not free or just a dollar! This is direct from their website, "After your 7-day FREE trial period it’s just $29.95 per month for Family Safety Report.".

    Your card will automatically be charged until you call to cancel your membership personally.

    $29.95 per month! Please let people know this and let them know they can get the same information really for free from their states sex offender registry. I'd hate to think your plug was fodder for a Clark Howard segment.


    August 28, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  7. Dee

    To learn where sex offenders live, try searching the sex offender registry in your state. I think most states have them and it is free.

    In your search bar just type in "sex offender registry" and see what comes up for your state.

    And you will be amazed, they are EVERYWHERE!

    August 28, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  8. Maribel Hernandez

    Dugard; was a result in where the people that were suppossed to protect us failed us!!! CA, authorities had gone to the house before. OMG!!

    August 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  9. Vic

    I wonder if Jaycee is confused on dates (time line) of the events over 18 yrs.

    August 28, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  10. Audrey Price

    So Professor Gates, a man not on parole and with no criminal record, is arrested in his own house, after he has produced ID showing he lives there but, police receive a call two*@*two!!! years ago that children are living in Garrido's back yard, a man on lifetime probation for sex offenses and the police stop at his front door, don't ask to go in the house and just advise him that people can't live outside in a residential neighborhood. The don't contact his parole officer (or if they did the PO does nothing also) and then just WALK AWAY???? This country is in need of massive police retraining...this is an embarrassment to all good officers, as is the Gates incident. Something has to be done.

    August 28, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  11. Jeff Jones

    RE: Jaycee Lee Dugard- The officer did not search the property? If a person reports an animal possilbly being abused in my community, animal control will search the property where the animal that same day. Not to search for children is very painful failure.

    August 28, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  12. M.T.

    I listened to your report about the sub-human being you call Jaycee, and the one comment that jumped off the screen to me, was, there are some who believe that sex offenders or pedophiles cannot be cured. Well I'm hear to tell you that they can't. The reason I know this is that I have been in treatment for four years as a victim of a sex offender. They need to be locked up for good, never let out, no matter what, they also need to have there own prison, somewhere they couldn't get 2 feet before being caught. They are evil, and there is no redemption for these people.

    August 28, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  13. Nancy Neidermyer

    When I hear the kidnapper's interview from jail, about his story concerning Jaycee Lee Dugard, my blood just boils. There is no place on this earth for a person like him. I truly hope justice is served and we never have to deal with him or others like him ever again . I pray that Jaycee knows how much her family loves her and she can find some peace being back with her mother. Bless her children as well they never asked for a father like that. Their mother and her family will be able to provide all the love they need. God Bless them all.
    Do we have to give this maniac air time?
    CNN the best news channel on cable.
    Thank You,

    August 28, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  14. Monica W

    A google earth search I did on Garrido's address (retrieved from a free, online listing of registered sex offenders in Antioch, California) reveals this supposedly hidden and secluded backyard compound in full detail. It appears to be quite extensive and I have a hard time believing that it could go unnoticed.

    August 28, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  15. Christine Kaiser

    Audrey I am with you! I scares the heck out of me to have THAT incompetent law enforcement out there! I hope there will be serious consequences for all officials involved in the mishandling of this case!

    August 28, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  16. Laura

    I really hope Jaycee and her two daughters are able to recover from the last 18 years. It will definitely take a lot of work and time. I also hope she is afforded the privacy to be able to do so. Sexual violence is all too common in this country, it's just disgusting. I would love to hear of ways that this problem can be addressed and solved...I would even love to hear this problem addressed at all.

    August 29, 2009 at 3:17 am |
  17. Gov Employee - California

    @ Audrey Price

    Good Analogy

    The victim, Jaycee Lee Dugard, survived using the Stockholm syndrome, allowing her to identify with her captor in order to survive, will now create PTSD in its extreme along with an identify crisis. Remember, 2/3 of her life was as a captive. She probably remembers very little of what it was like with her real family. She probably misses that repugnant Garrido man. Garrido’s continued obtruding on Jaycee is outrageous. This is a heinous crime. She will end up going through the same symptoms as a P.O.W.

    This is the problem when we continue to release sex crime offenders and murderers. They will NEVER change. A little stress with cause them to revert back to those old outrageous behaviors. Garrido has not only destroyed Jaycee’s life, but her 2 children as well. I would not be surprised if he had sex with them too! This person does not deserve to live!

    August 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm |
  18. Olar

    That's too crazy. If the police is like that, then the average citizen needs to take the matter in hands.

    August 30, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  19. David R.

    I agree with Dee, this is a weird case. Garrido was apparently in prison from approximately 1994 to 1999. I'm sure during that time Jaycee could have called out to a neighbor or even walked away. Garrido's wife wasn't standing guard over her 24 hours a day. I'm not totally convinced about this Stockholm Syndrome thing. When Jaycee went to the parole agent's office she told them who she was and that she had been kidnapped in 1991. Did her Stockholm Syndrome suddenly vanish the moment she walked into that building? If she could tell the officers there who she was and what had happened to her, why couldn't she do the same to someone in the street. If her daughters were with Garrido at UC Berkeley, a very public place, I'm sure that wasn't the first time they were in public together. There had to be ample opportunities for her to speak to someone.

    August 31, 2009 at 12:13 am |
  20. k strand

    Here is why this horrible event happened:!!! My husband is on the Sex Offenders list in Illinois for having a consensual relationship with me, when hes was 32, and i was 16. We are married now with two children and I am 26 years old!! So far,he has had 12 years on the registry,24 court appearences,dozens of house calls by cops,weve been pulled over at least ten times for no reason,26 probation appointments and weve had to go to the police station numerous times over simple clerical errors on the registry that claimed my husband wasnt registered.. The point is,if anyone wants to know how the cops can miss real registered pedophiles deviant actions,its because they are monitoring thousands of consensual,statutory cases like ours,instead of focusing intensley on real pedophiles and rapists. The media is to cowardly to address this and only profiles the worst cases for sensationalism. This horrible tragedy will happen again and again and it is because the police simply cannot monitor everyone,nor should they. It is high time to weed out juvenille and non threatening,consensual cases from the registry and focus on the real dangerous ones. Was Elvis Presley a Sex Offender for Marrying Priscilla at 14/15?

    August 31, 2009 at 4:58 am |
  21. David R.

    K, someone obviously pressed charges against your now husband. Your parents could have signed a consent for you to get married; which I believe was case with Priscilla. But you are right about the overwhelming amount of offenders who need to be supervised. I am a former probation/parole officer. Whenever we made home visits we searched inside and out, top to bottom, every home we came across. We uncovered weapons, meth. labs, abused animals ect. Luckily no kidnapped children. A complete search is mandatory.

    August 31, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  22. Dodie - California

    @ David R.

    With the Stockholm syndrome, she identified with her captor because he threatened her life. It’s called (((learned helplessness))). If you are unable to free yourself and suffer continued beatings, you just give up. Especially at the age of 11. Feelings also become repressed and the person will seem robotic. That is another coping strategy….the detachment of feelings. I am sure Garrido threatened her life numerous times and when she had children, he probably threatened their lives.

    She saw ((( no safe way out for her and her children))) The only time she felt safe to talk was when she entered the police department. This is not about memory. This is about behaving in a way in order to survive. She has PTSD and will have the same symptoms as a POW (Denial–> Guilt-> Rage-> Deep Depression)! After all, she lost her childhood

    August 31, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  23. ilenne

    I equate what happened to Jaycee, during her captivity, to religion. He brainwashed her to believe and accept him. Religion dictates what to think and believe. Either way, the individual accepts the 'teaching' as 'gospel' never venturing forward to learn in order to make up their own minds. Very sad.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  24. David R.

    Dodie, that does make complete sense. But if Garrido was comfortable enough to have those children with him in a public place, UC Berkeley, then I'm pretty sure that wasn't their first trip in public. The kids knew nothing other than what they experienced their entire lives, but in regards to Jaycee, she knew a different. I'm sure she had been in public before, with ample opportunities to say to someone what she said at the police dept. That's the confusing part for me. In these cases I get the impression that they are given something by their captors that they are not getting at home. What was the first thing she told her mother? "Mom, I have babies!" Maybe she though those babies would be taken away if she ever went back home....

    August 31, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  25. David R.

    Unless Jaycee's first 11 years had a strong religious foundation, I don't think she would have any idea that she was being religiously brainwashed; she would have nothing to compare it to. However, his methods of control might have been based on his own ideas of religion. Do you think his wife picked up where he left off when he went to prison for a parole violation? I don't think she had the same ability. Why didn't Jaycee talk to one of the neighbors through the fence when he was gone for those four years?

    August 31, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  26. Jean

    Jaycee Lee Dugard was abducted at the age of 11 years as I have heard. She was held by this man for 28 years. He also used her as his secretary or assistant. How much did he pay her or did he ever pay her or not? She lived in squalor with her two children. He fathered two children with her. It is so sickening. Some man he is who has absolutely no conscience. This includes his wife who appears to have also been dominated by him. Her face looks like an unhappy person/wife. How could she be happy or look happy with such a husband like that and his lifestyle? His wife does not look like she lived her happy life. It tells on her face. The face is the mirror of the heart. I do feel sorry for her.
    You state or ask, why did Jaycee not run away because she had the opportunity to do so. It is a mystery which hopefully will unfold when Jaycees is ready to give her account of what transpired from that day she was abducted to when she was found. What would be interesting is to hear her side of her story.
    Think of Elizabeth Smart and her abductor. I have an inkling that aside from being brainwashed by that man, he may have told Jaycee that if she tried to run away and reported him, he will find her and kill her. He may also have told her that her parents are dead. Who knows except Jaycee and that man including his brainwashed wife who may also have been abused by her husband and feared him?
    Unfortunately she had the opportunity to report him to law enforcement and she did not. Her husband may also have threatened to kill her if she dared go to the police.
    What is Jaycee's abductor saying about people will be shocked to hear more about him. He has a sordid story of his life and for the past 28 years to reveal. He may make up a story that it is all Jaycee's fault and she wanted to stay with him and his wife.
    They have the nerve, especially that man to say that they are not guilty. Trying to be innocent?
    Nothing is said about whether these two people, husband and wife have children.
    I also heard him say that he turned his life around and that he is not the man he was. No wonder if he thinks so. He had the comfort of a young woman whom he fathered two children with. What a sad story for Jaycee and her children. They are now in better hands including her parents of all and overall they will be taken care of by the proper authorities. It is too bad it took so long to find her. Nevertheless, she is alive and for this, her parents are somewhat relieved. Their years of anxiety and stress about their little girl who was abducted is over. Sad that they had to go through this.
    The story will come out sooner or later. We are curious to hear the rest of it. It will come out sooner or later. Another movie which will be made?

    August 31, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  27. David R.

    Jaycee is 29 years old now. She was with her abductor for 18 years; kidnapped at age 11. Jaycee too order for Garrido's printing business! I will never understand this Stockholm Syndrome; how it can effect some people but not others. I know of know one who would not ask for help at the first opportunity. I realize she was only 11, but still, she knew she had another life before her kidnapping. I'm not blaming the victim, I just don't understand or can't comprehend why she never sought help.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  28. Carol Miller

    Kyra i agree with you on so many levels. Why cant they stay in prison. I can not believe that there was no one that caught onto his. It says something for the system with the government. i parolle officer really droped the ball on this one. I feel so sorry for the hole family. i pray that they will be able to recover from this ordeal. What does the mother of the two little girls say about their father. It just really blows me away that the parrol officer did not catch on. Some say because of the funding that to me is NO excuse it is their job. I hope that the gov. changes things with this. Some how I doubt it.

    September 1, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  29. JR

    This story is another of many stories where people in positions of responsibility were not doing their jobs. They were doing the minimum required of them. This girl and many others should have been found almost immediately. The police had a description of the car and were called immediately – and it goes on from there.......

    September 3, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  30. Lori C.

    As a parent I can't imagine being strong enough to get through what Ms. Dugard's family has had to go thru. My heart is always sick when I hear of one more child missing or murdered!!! When it comes to predators like the one who held Ms.Dugard for 18 years there have got to be some changes in the Law. Why is it so wrong and so complicated for us as a society to start being proactive when it comes to crimes like the ones that were done to this child and countless other children and women. This repeat offender business and parole for animals like this has got to stop. If we have to change the constitution too start saving children from monsters then who among us would not want to do that!! I'for one am sick and tired of hearing about the rights these predators have, what rights do they give to their victims??? If someone chooses to commit acts such as these we should not have to wait and let them rack up as many victims as possible before we step in to do anything about it!!!! We as a society don't have to shut up and suffer in silence because the Lawmakers up on capital hill don't feel like passing some strict sentencing guidelines so that children and women can be safe. We're going to have to make some noise and raise some hell until we get some results on this issue.

    September 3, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  31. David R.

    Everything we need is in place. Garrido got 50 years for kidnapping and rape; it was some parole board who gave him the ok to be released, it had nothing to do with laws. If they had dug a little and seen that he had a previous rape arrest back in 1972 to go along with the 1976 conviction, I'm sure they would not have paroled him. Not enough diligence in making their decision. So many mistakes along the way that lead up to this.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  32. wes

    The solution is obvious: Sex offenders, pedophiles should receive, without exception, mandatory castration and prefrontal lobotomy. Let it it be known: Rape or murder a woman or a child – become a vegatble. It is time for our arcane justice system to reflect true justice.

    October 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm |