Jaycee Dugard was taken from in front of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California, on June 10, 1991. She was 11 years old at the time. Even though Dugard’s stepfather was one of the witnesses, police had no idea who might have taken her.
Even with the FBI’s help, they never got any closer to finding Dugard, and it looked like they would never find her for almost 20 years.
Still, on August 24, 2009, a little more than 18 years later, Phillip Garrido went to Berkeley, California, with his two kids to see if it would be possible to hold a religious event there. The UCPD’s background check showed that Garrido was on parole for ki*dnapping and ra*pe and was also a registered se*x offender, which was bad news for him.
In addition, Garrido’s parole officer didn’t know that he was a parent. Following two days, Phillip Garrido showed up to a parole hearing with his wife Nancy, their two young children, and a third young woman. At this point, Garrido stopped pretending and told the truth about everything.
He had the two youngest girls. These were actually the daughters of the oldest girl, “Allissa,” who Garrido had kid*napped and ra*ped over and over again 18 years before. At first, her name was Jaycee Dugard.
After 18 years in prison, Dugard was finally set free. She later wrote a book called A Stolen Life in which she talked about being held captive by Garrido. Here is all the information you need about Jaycee Dugard’s disappearance.
Who Are Phillip Garrido and Jaycee Dugard?
Before she was taken, Jaycee Lee Dugard was a normal little girl. When she was born on May 3, 1980, she lived with her mother Terry and stepfather Carl Probyn. She was born in 1990 and was Carl and Terry Probyn’s second child.
A year after giving birth to her younger sister, Phillip and Nancy Garrido took Jaycee Dugard from just yards from her home. This turned her life upside down.
Philip Garrido, on the other hand, had a history of se*xual assault. The El Dorado County District Attorney’s office says he had been found guilty of a number of cr*imes before he kid*napped Jaycee Dugard.
In 1972, Garrido ra*ped and drugged a girl who was 14 years old in Contra Costa County. In June of that year, he got a 19-year-old girl to get into his car in South Lake Tahoe. He then put her in handcuffs and rap*ed her. In November of that same year, he tried to do the same thing to a 25-year-old woman, but she got away and told her neighbours.
Garrido lured another victim into his car and took her to a storage facility in Reno, where he se*xually assaulted her less than an hour later. He was sent to prison for 50 years for this one cr*ime alone.
Garrido, on the other hand, only served 11 years of that sentence. The parole board said he could get out of jail if he “not contributes to a menace to the health, safety, and morality of society.” Still, he went to see one of his victims who worked in South Lake Tahoe many months after he was freed. He told her, “I haven’t drunk in 11 years.”
This was brought up by Garrido’s victim to his parole officer, but the officer ignored it and wrote in his file that “to subject (Garrido) to electronic monitoring would be too much of a burden based on the hysterics, or fears, of the victim.”
Phillip Garrido started looking for his next victim, and he didn’t seem to care about what he was doing.
He met her on June 10, 1991.
Taking Jaycee Dugard hostage
Carl Probyn dropped off his 11-year-old stepdaughter at the bus stop, which was only a few yards from their home. He thought it was a normal morning and that Jaycee Dugard would soon be off to school.
Instead, two strangers grabbed the child and put her in a car. This was seen by Probyn while he was still in his garden. After getting on his bike, he tried to catch up to the car but failed. The upset stepfather told the police that they were no longer there.
Unfortunately, the first searches didn’t turn up anything. Dogs, planes, and even the FBI couldn’t find Dugard.
A few years after Jaycee Dugard went missing, Probyn and Jaycee’s mother, Terry Dugard, split up. Probyn said that the stress of the kid*napping was what caused their marriage to end. Even after Jaycee was found years later, Probyn still couldn’t believe what had happened.
When he talked to the Daily Mirror, he said he might have thought about hugging her more in the past. “The people who knew Terry thought I was mean to her. They might have thought that I was the reason Jaycee didn’t run away from the Garridos. Now that I think about it, I do feel strongly about that girl.
The Captive Life of Dugard
While the police continued their unsuccessful search, Jaycee Dugard was being forced to start a new life in a shack in the backyard of Phillip and Nancy Garrido’s house in Antioch, California, 170 miles away.
There, they started calling Dugard “Allissa,” and Phillip Garrido ra*ped the girl several times, which caused her to get pregnant twice, first when she was 14 and then when she was 17.
This time, she had a girl. The Garridos gave birth to their children without any medical help. Soon, Jaycee Dugard’s daughters joined her in the prison she had built in her backyard.
Jaycee Dugard, in her journal on July 5, 2004
“I have a sinking sensation. I’m frightened that I desire control over my life because it’s supposed to be mine to do as I choose, but he took it away once more. How many times can he take it away from me before it becomes illegal? The things he says make me a prisoner, I’m afraid he doesn’t understand that. I should be in charge of my life, why am I not?”