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August 26, 2009: Kidnapping Victim Jaycee Dugard Found Alive After 18 Years

Dugard was kept enslaved in various tents, sheds and lean-tos. She had two babies, fathered by the sex offender. 

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On August 26, 2009 kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard was found alive after being missing for more than 18 years.

Jaycee went missing on June 10, 1991 near South Lake Tahoe, California. She was 11 years old. She was abducted on the street as she walked from home to a school bus stop. Her stepfather watched her get kidnapped. He chased her abductor on his mountain bike.

On both August 24 and 25, 2009, convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido visited the University of California campus in Berkeley with two young girls, aged 11 and 15. Suspicious of the trio, someone alerted authorities.

Turns out, the two girls were Jaycee’s daughters, fathered by the sex offender. Phillip, 58, and his wife, Nancy Garrido, 54, of Antioch, were arrested by police for kidnapping, imprisonment, and sexual assault on August 26. Police said that Dugard was kept enslaved in various tents, sheds, and lean-tos in an area behind the Garridos' house  for around 18 years.

Phillip was sentenced to 431 years to life imprisonment. His wife Nancy, received 36 years to life.

In 2011, Dugard wrote an autobiography called "A Stolen Life."

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