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.
William Carl Probyn / Orange County Register
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.
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