Police: sex offender kept victim, kids in shed

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A woman who was snatched from a bus
stop as an 11-year-old child in 1991 turned up Thursday after being
held for the past 18 years in isolation in a backyard compound by a
convicted sex offender who fathered two children with her, police
said.
The details about her time in captivity emerged after Jaycee Lee
Dugard surfaced at a police station in Northern California, nearly
two decades after she vanished outside her home.
Police said Phillip Garrido, 58, held her the entire time as a
virtual slave, sheltered from the outside world in tents, sheds and
outbuildings in his backyard in suburban Antioch.
"None of the children have ever been to school, they've never
been to a doctor," El Dorado County Undersheriff Fred Kollar said.
"They were kept in complete isolation in this compound, if you
will."
There was electricity from electrical cords, rudimentary
outhouse, rudimentary shower, "as if you were camping," he said.
Prison officials said Garrido admitted the kidnapping after
meeting with his parole officer. He brought Dugard and the two
children, ages 11 and 15, to the meeting.
Garrido and his wife Nancy Garrido, 54, were arrested for
investigation of kidnapping and conspiracy on Wednesday, police
said.
Phillip Garrido is also being held for investigation of rape by
force, lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and sexual
penetration, said Jimmie Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa
Sheriff's Department.
Phillip Garrido was sentenced to 50 years in prison and served
nearly 11 years in a federal prison for a federal kidnapping
conviction, said Suzanne Pardee, a spokeswoman for Nevada state
prisons.
He also served seven months in a Nevada prison for a conviction
of rape by force or fear. Pardee said Garrido was paroled in August
1988.
Dugard was in good health when she came into a San Francisco Bay
area station. She was reunited Thursday with her mother, who was
overjoyed to learn the ordeal was over and the daughter she feared
dead was actually alive and well.
Dugard's stepfather, the last person to see her in 1991 and a
longtime suspect in the case, said he was overwhelmed after doing
everything he could to help find her.
"It broke my marriage up. I've gone through hell, I mean I'm a
suspect up until yesterday," Carl Probyn, 60, told The Associated
Press at his home in Orange, Calif.
California corrections officials said they called in Garrido for
questioning Wednesday after receiving a report that he was seen
with two small children at the University of California, Berkeley.
"The diligent questioning and follow-up by the parolee's agent
of record led to Garrido revealing his kidnapping of the adult
female," the department said in a statement. "It was further
revealed by Garrido that she was Jaycee Lee Dugard, and that the
children were his."
A house in the city of Antioch was cordoned off with police tape
as it was searched by FBI agents and the El Dorado County Sheriff's
Department.
Neighbor Helen Boyer, 78, described the Garridos as nice and
friendly and said they cared for Phillip Garrido's elderly mother.
"If I needed something, they would be the first I would call
on," Boyer said.
Witnesses reported that a vehicle with two people drove up to
Dugard and abducted her while her stepfather watched on June 10,
1991.
Probyn said he saw someone reach out and grab her before the car
sped away.
"As soon as I saw the door fly open, the driver's door, I
jumped on my mountain bike and I tried to get to the top of the
hill but I had no energy. I rode back down and yelled at my
neighbor, 911!" he recalled.
Probyn said his wife, from whom he is separated, was devastated
by the kidnapping. He said for 10 years after the crime, she would
take a week off work at Christmas and on the anniversary of the
abduction and spend the time crying at home.
The case attracted national attention and was featured on TV's
"America's Most Wanted," which broadcast a composite drawing of a
suspect seen in the car.
Probyn eventually lost hope that he would ever see his
stepdaughter alive. He said he was struggling to understand why
Dugard didn't come forward earlier.
"I have a million questions, but I'm just delighted," he said.
Lovell said investigators have been working the case
consistently since the abduction and new leads had surfaced over
time.
"You bet it's a surprise. This is not the normal resolution to
a kidnapping," he said.
The Associated Press as a matter of policy avoids identifying
victims of alleged sexual abuse by name in its news reports.
However, Dugard's disappearance had been known and reported for
nearly two decades, making impossible any effort to shield her
identity now.
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Associated Press Writers Paul Elias and Terry Collins in San
Francisco, Gillian Flaccus in Orange, Calif., and Brooke Donald in
Antioch, Calif., contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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