She Was Held Captive For 18 Years, But Look At What She’s Doing Today…
On June 10, 1991, Jaycee Lee Dugard was walking from her house to the bus stop on her way to school. The 11-year-old was feeling nervous about a field trip coming up. The shy girl saw a car approaching her, she assumed the driver was going to ask her for directions. But the man, Phillip Garrido used a stun gun to incapacitate and kidnap the fifth grader.
Within hours volunteers began a massive search in the south Lake Tahoe area in California, looking for Jaycee. Garrido and his wife Nancy abducted the little girl with blond hair and took her to their home in Antioch where they held kept her as a prisoner for the next 18 years. In that time Jaycee gave birth to two girls.
When she was finally found and freed, police were shocked to discover the grisly and terrible conditions Jaycee and her daughters were living under.
Jaycee and her family had moved to Lake Tahoe because it was smaller and safer community.
Jaycee was born on May 3, 1980. She was very close to her mom Terry Probyn and little sister.
Jaycee made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for her lunch at school that day.
The little girl was wearing her favourite shirt and a butterfly ring given to her by her mom. Jaycee remembers being shot with a stun gun and touching a pinecone when she fell.
Jaycee's abduction made national headlines.
Carl Probyn, Jaycee's step-father saw the abduction from his home. He saw a woman getting out of the car and forcing the child in. Probyn rode his bicycle to stop the crime but he could not keep up with the speeding car.
Terry Probyn and stepfather Carl Probyn holding on to each other shortly after the abduction.
"I knew she was out there somewhere. I held onto her and didn't let go. I couldn't let go. And my heart got ripped out and that huge hole couldn't be filled by anyone but her. I just hung on," explains Terry.
The Garrido's took Jaycee to their house in Antioch, California. They lived two hours away from Jaycee's home.
This is an aerial view of the shed Jaycee and her daughters lived in.
She had two daughters with Garrido.
Garrido repeatedly raped Jaycee. She gave birth to two girls in 1994 and 1997 all while in captivity.
She kept wondering if her mom forgot about her.
Jaycee worried that she would forget what her mom looked like and wondered if she was searching for her.
Trying to give her daughters a childhood.
The young mom made a school within the compound. She spent part of her day giving her daughters lessons and worksheets to work on.
The little girls were not allowed to call her "mom."
Her daughters had to call Nancy "mom." Still, Jaycee tried to give them a happy childhood filled with imagination and love.
She kept journals about her dream of one day becoming a vet and riding a hot red balloon.
Jaycee gave a name to one of the spiders in the room and would often rescue cats and other animals that made their way into the compound.
Phillip Garrido was a registered sex offender and convicted rapist.
In 1974, Garrido sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl. One year earlier he married his first wife who said he was abusive during their marriage and kidnapped her when she tried to leave him. He was also charged and arrested for raping and kidnapping another woman in 1976.
During Jaycee's false imprisonment parole officers visited the Garrido's approximately 60 times.
Two police officers at the University of California, Berkley campus noticed the unusual and erratic behaviour of Phillip Garrido. He was accompanied by his two daughters. After running a background check and seeing he was a registered sex offender, they called his parole officer.
Phillip brought Nancy, Jaycee, and the two girls to his meeting with his parole officer.
The parole officer separated all the girls and Jaycee to find out their true identification. At first Jaycee introduced herself at "Allissa." Phillip forbade her from using her real name.
Jaycee's missing child poster with an age progression image.
Jaycee revealed her real identity by writing her name down. Writing her name was the start of her freedom. "The light came back…it was very dark for so long…but that light finally came back on," says Jaycee.
This is Jaycee today!
Jaycee regained her freedom on August 26, 2009. She wrote a book about her ordeal titled, "A Stolen Life: A Memoir." This year she released her second book, "Freedom: My Book of Firsts."
Jaycee and her mom Terry Probyn receiving the Hope Award at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington.
“There is life after something tragic happens. Life doesn’t have to end if you don’t want it to. It’s all in how you look at it. Somehow, I still believe that we each hold the key to our own happiness and you have to grab it where you can in whatever form it might take,” Jaycee said in a statement.
Discussing her ordeal with journalist Diane Sawyer.
Jaycee's goal is that her books give hopes to sexually abused victims.
Her stepfather Carl Probyn, was a prime suspect for many years despite passing every lie detector test.
Carl describes hearing of Jaycee's release was like winning the lottery.
Jaycee and her daughters now live with her mom.
"Now I can walk in the next room and see my mom. Wow. I can decide to jump in the car and go to the beach with the girls. Wow, it's unbelievable, truly," says Jaycee about her new life.