So it’s true

Jaycee Dugard really HAS been found — albeit living in horrific circumstances. Her abductor, a convicted rapist named Phillip Garrido, along with his wife, Nancy, kept Jaycee locked up in a shed in the backyard. She gave birth to two daughters during her time in captivity. They are now 11 and 15 years old and were also raised in the shed. It’s like something out of a bad movie — or the Elizabeth Scott novel Living Dead Girl, which is about a teenage girl who was kidnapped by a man when she was a child and has been forced to be his live-in rape victim ever since. Jaycee and the children are in good physical health apparently, but mentally it’s got to be another story altogether. That poor woman. Those poor kids.

I hope there will be an outpouring from the community like there was with Shasta Groene, and Jaycee and her kids will get the therapy they need and be able to set up a new life for themselves. The kids have never been to school. It wouldn’t surprise me if they too were sexually violated by Garrido.

On the bright side…Jaycee is ALIVE! Who would have thought? I certainly never believed this was a possibility. I believe the longest known time a child was held captive in a stranger abduction case is nine years. Well, Jaycee has DOUBLED that record, and it gives new hope for all the other children out there who have been missing for decades.

She and the kids are young yet. I only hope they can salvage their lives.

20 thoughts on “So it’s true

  1. Cattt August 28, 2009 / 7:25 am

    I can’t believe she’s alive! Amazing! Its like she came back from the dead!

  2. Kelly August 28, 2009 / 8:12 am

    My sister was the victim of a parental kidnapping when I was 5 and she was 10. We were raised referring to her in whispers, but we never forgot her. Back then, there were no pictures on milk cartons or any real concern for missing and abducted children.

    I was reunited with her 17 years later. I saw her once more after that, then, never again. Her life was so completely foreign to me; sexual abuse, drugs abuse, 4 children, all by different men, never married. Our father completely destroyed her life and stole something from all of us. You can never go back.

    I hope she is wise enough to obtain therapy for herself and her children, but it would not surprise me if she and her daughters end up lost, like my sister.

    I’m sorry if I sound so negative; it is a wonderful thing that she has been found, her family can sleep at night knowing she is alive, but I shudder to think of the road ahead for all of them.

    • Cheryl August 29, 2009 / 1:14 pm

      Thats horrible and I’m so sorry for your loss Kelly.

      Its exciting to be reunited but we tend to forget that the person we lost is not going to be the same person when we find them. Im glad you found your sister and I’m truly sorry there wasn’t a happy ending.

  3. Katja August 28, 2009 / 1:18 pm

    After the Natascha Kampusch and Elisabeth Fritzl cases in Austria, it seems like it’s more and more *possible* that people are being found long after they disappeared. However, dealing with the aftermath is a longer process (recently, they’ve had a story talking about how lonely Natascha’s life has become three years after escaping, etc)

  4. lgraves65 August 28, 2009 / 2:56 pm

    I live in Arkansas, and Colleen Nick was all over the news saying this showed her never to give up hope.

  5. Kevin August 28, 2009 / 5:16 pm

    This case reminds me a lot of the Sharon Marshall (pseudonym) story, as nobody ever found out her true identity. Franklin Delano Floyd kidnapped her as a young child and abused her both mentally and sexually for years. He’s on Florida’s Death Row, but has not spoken a word as to her identity. She died mysteriously in the early 90’s, and Floyd is a strong suspect. Matt Birkbeck, who wrote “A Beautiful Child” about this puzzling case is awaiting results on some DNA testing as to her identity. He has said it is basically the last hope they have as to ever finding out who she was. I really hope Jaycee and her family can get some sort of a normal life back together, but I’m not so sure it is possible. I truly hopes he gets his due at San Quentin every time he bends down to grab the soap.

    • Cheryl August 29, 2009 / 12:37 pm

      That story has always intrigued me Kevin. Is hard to believe that no one recognized that childhood photo of her (of course she could have been abducted as an infant). It amazes me that Floyd was able to get away with his crime for so long. I truly believe he is responsible for her hit and run death and I wish like hell he would tell the world who she is and where she came from. But I imagine its going to remain a mystery.

  6. JerryG August 28, 2009 / 5:32 pm

    Question: What kind of woman helps kidnap an 11 year old girl for her husband to have sex with and later have kids with? I mean what the hell is a matter with her? I get the guy, he’s just a disgusting child molester. To me the real question is what’s wrong with his wife.

    • Cheryl August 29, 2009 / 12:44 pm

      You’d be surpised what some women will do for their “men.” Some of them are battered and “do as their told,” some allow the man to do as he pleases in order to keep themselves from being abused.

      Remember “the girl in the box?” Wife helped hubby kidnap a woman and they kept her in the crawlspace under their water bed for years and years and years. This woman was raped and tortured on a regular basis. She was deprived of food, water, light and human contact until she became brainwashed and a virtual slave. After years of this she actually babysat their children and never tried to escaped. The guy let her visit her family once and she never attempted to tell them anything was wrong.

  7. donna August 28, 2009 / 5:56 pm

    Jaycee is 27, her oldest daughter is 15. That means she had her at 12 years old. I have a very strong opinion regarding sex offenders. They need to be executed after the first conviction. No appeals, no reprieve, no life in prison. If that had happened to this registered sex offender, Jaycee would never of had to endure the horror she and her children were subject to. I hope they get help, I’m sure he victimized her Daughters as well. The wife needs to go to hell with him.

    • Katja August 28, 2009 / 8:08 pm

      I think she’s actually 29, but it’s still horrible.

    • Emily August 28, 2009 / 9:04 pm

      Actually, I believe she is 29, making her 14 when the first child was born. Not that that makes it all right or anything by any means, of course!

  8. DJ August 28, 2009 / 7:21 pm

    Jaycee is 29. According to reports, she was 14 when she had her first child.

    This story makes me wonder how many abducted kids could actually be out there, alive and held captive somewhere. It’s even possible that some may no longer be under duress but are too scared or ashamed to return home.

    Jaycee and the family she left behind must have gone through hell all the years that she was gone. I remember reading about the story of how the stepfather chased the getaway vehicle on his bike and yet he was still considered a strong suspect up until the day she was found;and how her mother would stay home and cry during Christmas and the anniversary of the abduction. It is such a sad story.

    I truly hope that they find the peace and strength to move forward and live a life of peace.

  9. Cheryl August 29, 2009 / 12:51 pm

    I read an article today and the step-father says that Jaycee feels guilty about having feelings for her captor. Apparently she developed a relationship with him all this years. I guess its kind of hard not to when for the last 18 yrs he is the only human contact she’s had besides her children.

    Its going to be a very long and very hard road for her. Not only is she going to have to get use to being out in the world again, but shes going to have to try to rebuild a relationship with her family again. Mentally she may not fair well. I suspect depression, anxiety, panic attacts and a whole host of other problems for her.

    And her children? Lord knows what they’ve been exposed to. Hopefully the fact that they are young will aid in their recovery. I mean they have never known any other way of life.

    I’m thrilled that they were found. This gives hope to so many people out there that have missing loved one.

  10. Cheryl August 29, 2009 / 2:01 pm

    Why do you delete case files when a person is found? Sometimes its nice to go back and refresh you’re memory about a case. Is there anyway to archive them?

    • Meaghan August 30, 2009 / 11:10 am

      There’s the Google cache, I guess.

      Sometimes in high profile cases like these, I do regret having to delete the files. But that’s the way things are. Charley is huge enough as it is.

    • forthelost August 30, 2009 / 9:52 pm

      If you still have the MPCCN link a lot of the older ones are there. You can see Shawn Hornbeck and Jaycee Dugard there.

  11. donna August 30, 2009 / 6:45 pm

    I digress about the age-I realized I was mistaken yesterday. I saw a bit (on TV) of the backyard where she has been kept. I don’t even have words to describe how sick some people can be. He is disgusting.

  12. sonia September 1, 2009 / 10:36 pm

    my thoughts go out to her and her family.
    i was trying to find information to make a facebook group for her when i found the most dispicable group ever created about her i cant believe people in this world are so sick, even worse than her abductors

  13. Janessa September 2, 2009 / 1:56 am

    This case made me absolutely sick. What kind of a freak would do this
    to a little 11 year old girl? The horror she must have endured!
    I was ecstatic when I heard she was found…alive! This just gives hope to all the families of the missing that their babies are out there alive, we just need to find them.
    I hope the Kent County Sheriff Office realizes this as well. I feel in the case of 14 year old Deanie Peters, they’ve been set on finding a body rather than a now 42 year old woman.

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