The Kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard - News - Current Affairs

The Kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard   by Nate Waymire

in News / Current Affairs    (submitted 2009-08-28)

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.

Currently, both Phillip and Nancy Dugard 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.